Program For Economically-Disadvantaged Students Gets A Financial Boost

FREDONIA – A longstanding program that helps economically-disadvantaged college students find educational success is getting a financial boost.

SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced last week that the Educational Opportunity Program has received a 20 percent increase in funding.

The state university says the program has been credited as being one of the country’s most successful college access programs, and is integral for broadening access to a higher education for more students. They add that this funding will open the door to hundreds, if not thousands, of additional EOP students.

The additional operating revenue will help expand the program to more SUNY campuses and increase student resources to help students succeed in associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs.

It would also cover additional funding to implement Chancellor Malatras’ first-ever statewide initiative to help more students get into SUNY’s medical universities.

The increase is the first new investment in the program in the last five years

In total, SUNY secured $6.4 million in the 2022 fiscal year state budget. It is the single largest increase in the program’s recent history.


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