Community colleges in three local counties will receive a total of $5.2 million to expand their affordable education program, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Tuesday.
According to a press release from the governor’s office, the State University of New York (SUNY) Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has expanded to include Cayuga County Community College, Corning Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College and Rockland Community College.
NY Educational Opportunities Program
As stated on SUNY’s website, EOP New York “provides access, academic support, and financial aid to students who show promise for success in college but who might not have been admitted otherwise”.
The additional $5.2 million increase in the state budget for fiscal year 2023 will open 1,000 additional EOP spaces for students and increase financial aid for each EOP student.
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Reaction from college management
“The impact of the Educational Opportunities Program on access to higher education is undeniable. Through this historic program, thousands of students from disadvantaged backgrounds have graduated from college with the right academic and financial support,” said Cayuga Community College President Dr. Brian Durant. “The continued expansion of the program to Cayuga and other institutions is a reminder of SUNY’s tireless commitment to ensuring equitable access to higher education.”
Corning Community College President William Mullaney said, “Corning Community College is extremely pleased to join the SUNY EOP family. The ability to expand our reach to even more students who would otherwise not have access to a college education and provide them with the resources and services needed to succeed is at the heart of everything we do. We are grateful to SUNY for inviting us to this truly life changing program.
“We are thrilled to finally be able to offer the Educational Opportunities Program at Tompkins Cortland Community College. As a campus, we aim to align the programs we offer with proven models of success, such as EOP. That said, we know that EOP will benefit enrolled students and provide value to students who transfer after graduation. Ultimately, EOP allows us to build on the story of our mission to serve all students,” said Seth A. Thompson, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Tompkins Cortland Community College. .
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