Educational Opportunity Program/Advancement on Individual Merit (EOP/AIM)

EOP/AIM provides academic support and financial aid to New York State residents who show promise for mastering college-level work, but who may otherwise not be admitted. Offered primarily to full-time students, EOP/AIM accepts students who qualify both academically and financially for the program. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as there is limited space in the program.


To be eligible for admission to EOP, an applicant must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, and a New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment,
  • ineligible for admission under traditional standards, but demonstrate potential for completing a college program, and
  • in need of financial assistance within established income guidelines (see table).

In selecting students for the program, priority to given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

For updated Economic Eligibility Requirements, visit the EOP/AIM Web site at

Household Categories:
Income from Non-Employment Sources:
a. Supported by one or more individuals whose combined total annual income is from Social Security or sources other than employment and which does not exceed the applicable amount under “Category A.”

Salary/Wage Income:
b. Supported by one or more workers whose combined total annual income does not exceed the applicable amount under “Category B.”
c. For households supported by one worker with two or more employers, which does not exceed the applicable amount under “Category C.”

Exceptions to Income Guidelines
1. 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 of Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance;
2. The student lives with foster parents who do not provide support for college and the student’s natural parents provide no such support;
3. The student is a ward of the state or county.

All applicants for admission through EOP/AIM must also be academically eligible for acceptance at the time of application.

To be academically eligible, freshman applicants typically have earned:

1.     High school average below minimum for regular admission to the University;
2.     Three-year sequence of mathematics and science; and
3.     Minimum combined SAT Math and Critical Reading score of 850 (minimum Critical Reading score of 450 or a TOEFL score of 550 written or 213 computer-based).

Freshmen may also be considered with a GED score of 2850 or higher (SAT scores are also required).
High school seniors wishing to apply to the University through EOP/AIM should contact their school guidance office or the Undergraduate Admissions Office at (631) 632-6868.

Transfer students applying for admission must have been enrolled in EOP, College Discovery, HEOP, SEEK, or a similar support program at their previous college, unless none existed at the time the student entered. Transfers typically have a minimum g.p.a. of 2.50 with at least 18 credits completed at their previous college. If your previous college did not have EOP or a similar program, you may be considered for transfer eligibility and should notify Stony Brook University.

Please see for EOP/AIM income eligibility requirements. 

Fee Waiver

Both freshman and transfer applicants to EOP may qualify for an application fee waiver. If the applicant is found to be ineligible for academic or financial reasons, or if the applicant's campus does not offer EOP, the applicant will be billed for the fee.

Support Services

On acceptance into EOP/AIM, each student is assigned to a professional counselor who provides academic advising and encourages academic achievement. All EOP/AIM freshmen are required during their first year to enroll in either AIM 102 Expository Writing or AIM 104 Literary Analysis and Critical Reasoning, as determined by their writing placement score. Tutorial assistance in academic subjects is provided for EOP/AIM students, who are encouraged to use all academic support services available through the program or other University offices.

Entering freshmen admitted through EOP/AIM are required to attend an intensive summer program designed to enhance academic skills and better prepare them for the rigorous academic atmosphere that they will be entering.