Graduate Opportunity Program (GOP)


The Graduate Opportunity Program provides tuition assistance to EOP, HEOP and SEEK graduates who are undertaking graduate study at participating SUNY institutions. The University at Buffalo is a participating institution. This program provides in-state tuition scholarships to full-time students who are pursuing graduate or first professional degrees, excluding medical (MD), dental (DDS), pharmacy (PharmD) and law (JD), and who are determined to have exceptional need by the FAFSA and the Office of Financial Aid.

Students in MD, DDS, PharmD or JD programs, should apply for Economically Disadvantaged First Professional Study (EDPS) Program funding.

Applications completed by the priority deadline will receive the strongest consideration for funding. Applications completed after the priority deadline are considered on a rolling basis, pending available funds.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to re-apply?

Students who currently receive GOP do not need to re-apply for the program each year.

Can I apply before I have been accepted to my graduate program?

Yes, we encourage you to apply for GOP funding even if you have not yet been accepted to your graduate program in order to get priority consideration.


  • Priority Deadline: March 1

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a New York State resident who graduated from an EOP, HEOP or SEEK program.
  • Be entering your first graduate degree.
  • Be admitted to a University at Buffalo graduate degree program as a full-time student.

How to Apply

Applications for GOP funding for the 2021-22 academic year are now being accepted. Apply for GOP funding now.

Campus Liaison

Megan Stewart

Additional Resources

State funding for the GOP program is extremely limited. Awards are not guaranteed for all who apply.

Funding Limits

  • GOP tuition scholarships are awarded at the standard in-state graduate tuition rate ($5,565 per semester, as of 2019-20). The student is responsible for any tuition cost in excess of that amount, as well as for the student fees associated with enrollment.
  • Funding is provided only for the minimum number of credit hours required to complete a degree program. Master’s students may be considered for up to four semesters of funding; professional students (DNP, DPT) for up to six semesters; and doctoral students (PhD) for up to eight semesters. Funding is not provided for multiple degrees, for stand-alone certificate programs, or for part-time students.
  • To maintain GOP funding, students must continue to register full-time (or be certified full-time), obtain a 3.0 GPA each semester and complete classes in a timely manner. Failure to meet these requirements may result in termination of a student’s award. Read more about satisfactory academic progress.

Information is subject to change without notice, due to changes in federal, state, and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.