Educational Opportunity Program


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                    for Fall 2023

         Processing Deadline: June 30, 2023


The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at SUNY Corning Community College helps to make higher education possible for students who demonstrate academic promise, but whose life circumstances have not permitted them to reach their full potential academically.

EOP at SUNY CCC helps you identify your strengths, meet the challenges of college, and be successful as a college student. EOP is designed to help break down the barriers to higher education and teach you to advocate for yourself and build community.

What Our Students Have to Say about EOP at CCC

Program Services Providedpliiars

  • EOP Supplemental financial assistance
  • EOP Pre-freshman Summer Bridge Program
  • EOP Academic and career counseling
  • EOP Professional and Peer Tutoring
  • EOP Peer Mentors
  • EOP Social gatherings and workshops


Eligibility Requirementsele

  • Meet the New York State residency requirement (12 months)
  • Be a first semester, college freshman or qualifying transfer student 
  • Have earned a High School Diploma or GED
  • Attained a high school average in the range of 70-85% or 1.7 GPA
  • Meet EOP economic eligibility requirements displayed in the chart to the left
  • Demonstrate potential and motivation to complete a college program
  • Participate in and successfully complete the mandatory EOP Pre-freshmen Summer Program 


EOP Application Process

    1. Apply to CCC
    2. Complete the FAFSA and Tap Applications
      • Applicants are encouraged to use the IRS Retrieval process when completing the FAFSA application for Pell and TAP and request a Tax Transcript from the IRS for students and parents at that time. Request a Tax Transcript
    3. Apply for EOP academic verification
    4. Send your high school and/or college transcripts to CCC Admissions
    5. You will be contacted with directions for part 2 of the verification process, financial verification. To prepare for this next step, begin gathering the following financial documentation that will be required for verification (as applicable).
        • Financial Aid Tax Transcript (1040 tax form)                    
        • Federal form 4506 verification of non-filing status (as applicable)
        • Copy of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income Benefits (as applicable)
        • Public Assistance/Department of Social Services Income Benefits (as applicable)
        • Unemployment benefits/Disability benefits statement (as applicable)
        • Notarized letters, statements of income received, or statement of unusual circumstances (as applicable)
        • Documentation of foster care youth status
    6. Once verified for both financial and academic eligibility, you will receive a letter inviting you to the EOP Pre-freshmen Summer Program. A schedule will be provided at the time of acceptance.

Questions? Schedule a Meeting with EOP!, email or call 607-962-9393.


EOP Pre-freshman Summer Programbowling

A comprehensive, EOP Pre-Freshman Summer Program for our incoming first-year EOP students will tentatively run from July 17-August 18, 2023. All incoming first-year EOP students are required to attend and participate. The schedule will include both virtual and on-campus requirements, as well as travel to enrichment activities. EOP candidates have the option to move in to Perry Hall early or temporarily with required documentation. All meals and transportation assistance is provided. 

During the program, student participants will experience an introduction to the campus, departmental resources and the Corning campus community. Student participants will actively engage in learning components such as Math, Writing Composition, Computer Literacy and College Success Skills, as well as informative workshops, and enrichment activities. Students must successfully complete the summer program for acceptance into EOP.

Questions? Schedule a Meeting with EOP!, email or call 607-962-9393.

  Meet the EOP Staff

"Hi, I'm Kim Saunders (she/her), the EOP Director at CCC. EOP haskim been my "home" since the summer of  2022, but I have been in the education business for over 25 years, as an elementary and special education teacher, followed by a career in program administration. I earned a BS and MS in Education from Elmira College and a CAS in Educational Administration from SUNY Brockport. I am a wife and mother of three adult children. We are a CCC alumni family, all having attended CCC. Go Barons! My passion for the assurance of equity and inclusion in education drives my daily and long-term decision-making.  

Working with the EOP program has been amazing so far! At CCC, but especially in EOP we are all about family, community and engagement in being a successful CCC student. Students benefit from tutoring, skill-building workshops and one-stop advising, career exploration and counseling with Amanda Lee-Copp, our amazing EOP counselor. Enrichment activities are the extra EOP bonus. We have so much fun, like dining out, bowling, movies, creative arts, visiting community resources, and just hanging out as a family. Who wouldn't want to join EOP at CCC?!?!"


amanda"My name is Amanda Lee-Copp (she/her), and I am your CCC EOP Counselor! A Southern Tier NY native, I grew up in this area and currently live here with my 2 dogs and husband. After high school, I earned my associates degree in Liberal Arts: Social Sciences/Humanities here at  CCC, then went on to achieve my bachelors degree in psychology from Mansfield University. I haven't had a strong "pull" towards any career; I only knew that I wanted to help people. Following my purpose, I've  primarily held jobs in the "helping" field, like working as a camp youth counselor, a health educator, and as a mental health assistant at a short-term psychiatric hospital. I've also had the opportunity to help create and run a local LGBTQ+ non-profit called Southern Finger Lakes Pride (formerly Corning Pride) with my two close friends! I've had many cool experiences to lead me to where I am now, all the while following my purpose of helping others!

What I love the most about EOP is our community. We get to know one another, and that means we support each other through the challenging times and celebrate during the good times! Your EOP staff are here with you every step of the way, offering you support and resources so you can be successful here at CCC. We look forward to you joining our EOP family!"
Joshua Goodwin 
2023 Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award Recipient
Joshua GoodwinOur own Joshua Goodwin, sophomore and EOP student at CCC, was recently awarded the prestigious Norman R. McConney Award for Educational Opportunity Student Excellence. The honor was presented by SUNY Chancellor, John B. King, Jr., J.D., Ed.D. and is awarded to Educational Opportunity Program students for their academic achievements in honor of Norman R. McConney, Jr. for his legacy of public service. McConney initiated several statewide initiatives aimed to benefit  underrepresented New Yorkers. Not only was Joshua a recipient of the award, he was invited to be the student speaker for the event, a true honor.
Joshua is majoring in Liberal Arts, Humanities and                                                                                        Social Sciences at Corning Community College. UponJoshua Goodwin graduation, he plans to transfer to a four-year institution and study political science. Joshua seeks to build a career that is focused on developing policies and programs that reduce poverty, bring equity to diverse communities and make this world a better place for his mother and younger siblings. Joshua has distinguished himself academically by being named to the Dean’s List. He has taken on several leadership positions on campus. He serves as the president of the Student Association Government Assembly (SAGA), editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, plays point-guard for Corning’s Red Barons basketball team and works as a resident assistant. In nominating Joshua for the Norman R. McConney, Jr. Award for Educational Opportunity Program Student Excellence, his EOP director described him as “a generous, hard-working and dedicated student leader. He is well-known around campus to be the ‘go-to’ person for questions and campus events.” Joshua loves to spend time with friends and his lovely family while also finding time to stay productive with his education.
EOP Gives Back!
HFHThe EOP at CCC is all about support; Supporting each other, supporting ourselves and supporting the community. One of our most recent endeavors was a residential tear-out for the Steuben County Habitat for Humanity. Our EOP family spent the day preparing a local home for a new make-over. We ripped out old molding, flooring and wallpaper. The home will be remodeled and updated to give a family in our area a "durable place to live in dignity and safety." 
This summer we will rejoin Habitat for Humanity by offering "A Brush with Kindness" event to help low-income homeowners in our area, who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes, to reclaim their homes beauty through porch painting and yard clean-up.

Questions? Schedule a Meeting with EOP!, email or call 607-962-9393.