College Planning

Please take some time to explore the websites below to find the college that is the perfect fit for you.


  • The Common Application: The Common Application is an online college application website.
  • The SUNY Application: The State Universities of New York have their own application and students can use this website to apply online. Students can not only to apply Four year colleges like SUNY Plattsburgh, UAlbany and SUNY Cortland but community colleges including: SUNY Adirondack, Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) and Schenectady County Community College (SCCC).
  • SUNY Adirondack Application: SUNY Adirondack now has their own internal application that students can use to apply online (this application has a $35.00 fee as opposed to the SUNY application $50.00 fee).


Fee Waivers

Both the Common Application and the SUNY application provide fee waivers for students who qualify financially. If you think you may qualify, see your School Counselor!

Many times students who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch prices qualify for an application Fee Waiver. Click here to see the Free and Reduced lunch income guidelines.


The Higher Education Opportunity Program is intended to help students from economically and educationally disadvantaged areas get the educational opportunities they deserve. Students who qualify for HEOP typically score low on SAT/ACT, have lower class averages and a lower class rank than their peers gaining admittance to a particular college or university

EOP or Education Opportunity Program is the SUNY version of HEOP.

Advantages of HEOP:

  • Tuition assistance
  • 1-on-1 counseling
  • Academic support

In order to be considered for an HEOP spot, a student must NOT meet the regular admissions criteria for a particular college.

Click here for a list of Colleges and Universities in NYS that currently have a HEOP program.