To Apply, please fill out and submit the on-line application. We are accepting applications for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 programs. All applicants must follow the application/registration process and bring the required documents to meet with a counselor. Read below for details. We look forward to helping you succeed.
Within 48 business hours of submitting your application, you’ll receive an email and phone call telling you about the next steps to take in the application process. But, you don’t have to wait! Once you’ve gathered your documents (please see below), you can go to any one of the three LIEOC locations to continue the application process by meeting with a counselor.
In order to qualify for any program or service at the SUNY Long Island EOC, every prospective student first must meet these three preliminary requirements as set forth by the University Center for Academic and Workforce Development of the State University of New York (UCAWD/SUNY).
1. New York State Residency
You must be a resident of New York State for at least one year, except for families and/or individuals in transitional and/or special housing arrangements.
2. Income Eligibility
You must meet the income eligibility requirements. Please refer to the financial guidelines to determine your eligibility.
3. TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education) Scores
You must meet the TABE Reading and Math required scores for your program of choice. Please refer to the Required TABE scores for program specific requirements.
Copies of Valid Documents Required
Proof of Income (All that Apply):
- Federal Tax Return (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ)
- Non-filers: Letter from employer on letterhead stating name & income & IRS
- Form 4506-T (provided by Admissions)
- HRA Cash Assistance – Current Budget letter (most recent & not older than 90 days)
- SSA/SSI Documentation – Social Security Award letter for current year
- Veterans Administration Disability Benefits letter
Unemployment, Pension, Annuity Benefits or Workers
Compensation letter for current year
- Child Support or Alimony payment stubs for current year. (Court ordered or affidavit)
- Residential (Shelter) Program Letter
NOTE: Pay stubs, W2 forms or notarized letters – Not acceptable as proof of income
Proof of Education:
- High School Diploma
- High School Transcript (with graduation date)
- High School Graduation Verification letter
- High School Equivalency Diploma (including test scores)
- Foreign Diplomas (must be translated into English)
NOTE: Applicants with 33 or more college credits (taken within the last 10 years) are not eligible.
Proof of Legal Status in the United States:
- U.S. Birth Certificate
- U.S. Citizenship/Naturalization Certificate
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Permanent Resident card
- U.S. Asylum documentation
Government Issued Identification:
- NYS DMV Identification
- NYS DMV Learner’s Permit
- NYS DMV Driver’s License
- HRA Benefits card with picture
- U.S. Passport
- U.S. Permanent Resident card
Proof of New York State Residency:
- NYS DMV Identification or Benefits card (must be dated at least one year prior to registration)
- Voter Registration card or NYS DMV Registration
- Apartment Lease
- Residential (Shelter) Program letter
- Posted mail with name and address (must be dated at least one year prior to registration)
Social Security Card:
- Must have signature
Career Courses and Academic Courses require a placement test called TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education)
The TABE is a math and reading assessment exam. It is used to determine your competency in these areas for program admission and class placement. If you do not meet the minimum requirements for your desired program, you may be placed in another program you qualify for and will be given the opportunity to retake the TABE at the end of the semester. TABE scores may be transferable from other organizations. In addition, TABE exams for admission at the LIEOC may not be taken more than once within a semester. TABE test scores are valid for one year.
There are different versions of the TABE, including a 90-minute ‘Survey’ version and the full battery, which is three hours long. LIEOC offers the three hour long version. The exam covers four sections (math, reading, language and spelling) at five different ability levels, from L (limited literacy) to A (advanced). Also, there is a TABE test aimed at adult English-learning students.
Before you take the TABE, you may be asked to take a pretest (or Locator) that will determine the right TABE difficulty level for you.
Community Courses (Attain Lab):
No placement test is needed.
What should I bring?
You’ll need a legal ID, with photo.
How Do I Prepare?
While there’s no passing or failing the TABE, it’s never a bad idea to brush up before sitting for the exam, especially if you have been out of high school for a while. Luckily, it’s easy to find courses that cover the material you need to know, such as:
English as a Second Language:
Placement test administered by a professor or TABE-E test.
The Long Island Educational Opportunity Center offers academic and workforce development programs to help you move forward. Prospective students must complete an application online and bring in all necessary proof of identification, income, and residency.
Bring in all required documentation to verify your eligibility when you come for your counseling appointment.