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Eligibility Requirements

Applying for EOP as a First-Time Student

To be eligible for EOP as a first-time college student, you must:

  • Be a New York State resident.
  • Complete and file an application for admission to Jefferson, and be admitted to a degree program.
  • Apply for financial aid by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Express TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) Applications.
  • Register as a full-time student (12 or more credits).
  • Meet academic and income guidelines (see below).

Eligibility for EOP does not guarantee admission to the program. EOP is a program funded and administered under the State University of New York, and the number of students approved to participate is limited. EOP admissions will be closed when we reach our maximum enrollment in the program for each semester. Priority for EOP admission is given to students who:

  1. Show evidence of historical educational and financial disadvantage.
  2. Demonstrate potential to be academically successful with EOP support.
  3. Complete application and income verification earliest.

We usually begin processing fall EOP applications in February or March, and spring applications in October. Although applications may be submitted through early August (for fall admission) or early January (for spring admission), students are encouraged to apply well in advance of these deadlines.Any applicant is encouraged to contact the EOP Office at any time with questions relating to EOP admission.

JCC EOP Supplemental Application

After filing the JCC Application for Admission, your next step in applying for EOP at Jefferson is to print, complete, sign, and return the supplemental application. JCC will not review eligibility and make an admission decision until it receives your EOP Supplemental Application.

Income Guidelines

The table below lists financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission for students entering the 2018-19 academic year. Any subsequent changes to these guidelines will be posted here. In order to be determined economically disadvantaged, a student's household income must not exceed the amount shown for its size or the student's circumstances must conform to one of the exceptions indicated.

EOP Economic Eligibility Guidelines
Academic Year 2018-19

Household Size
(including head of household)
Total Annual Income in
2016 Calendar Year
1 $22,311
2 $30,044
3 $37,777
4 $45,510
5 $53,243
6 $60,976
7 $68,709
8 $76,442
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $7,733 for each additional person.

Income Guidelines Also Do Not Apply If...

  • The student’s family is the recipient of Family Assistance or Safety Net payments through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; or through a county Department of Social Services; or Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance;
  • The student is in foster care as established by the court;
  • The student is a ward of the state or county.

Financial Eligibility Documentation for EOP Admission

In order for us to see that you are financially eligible for EOP as a first-time college student, you must provide proof of all your sources of family income. We must have documents on file verifying the total yearly amount of income from all sources, taxable and non-taxable. Students who are considered dependent for financial aid purposes need to provide income documents for themselves as well as parents. Please understand that we may request additional information after receiving your FAFSA, tax returns, and other documents listed here, if necessary to finalize your eligibility.

Required documents must be available at the Financial Aid Office.

Jefferson Community College EOP Academic Eligibility Qualifiers

First time applicants:

Have graduated from an accredited high school or GED/TASK program:
  • with an average of 72-83 or GPA below 2.5, or
  • Is lacking college preparatory coursework in academic areas required for the college academic program (i.e., math and science courses).
  • Remedial coursework determined by college placement test
  • first student in the family to attend college
Possess a high school equivalency diploma (GED/TASK).

Other evidence of under-preparedness may also be given consideration, such as a requirement for pre-requisite academic or developmental coursework as a result of basic skills testing.

Transfer applicants:
  • Were previously enrolled in EOP, HEOP, SEEK or College Discovery
  • Attended a college/university that did not provide opportunities programming
Returning students:
  • Students previously enrolled in EOP at Jefferson who have been removed from the program may petition to be reinstated. An EOP dismissal statement and interview will be required for consideration.

Deadlines for applying are early August for fall and early January for spring.