First Time Freshmen Applicants

To qualify for HEOP, applicants must be New York State residents, and meet academic and financial criteria; the HEOP program provides broad and varied educational and social experiences to capable students who, due to academic and financial limitations, would otherwise not have an opportunity to attend college. However, SAT and ACT scores are required for HEOP applicants and the application deadline is February 1st.  *Please note that other factors are also taken into consideration.

Whether an applicant is considered financially limited is determined on the basis of income guidelines issued by the New York State Education Department.  These guidelines are based on family income and the number of people in the household.

Applicants are required to provide, in advance of acceptance, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) along with a copy of their 1040 income tax form and documentation of all nontaxable income to verify their financial eligibility.

Eligibility for students first entering college between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020

Number of Members in Household
(Including Head of Household)
Total Annual Income in
Preceding Calendar Year
 3  $39,461

Add $8,177 for each family member in excess of 7.                                                                         

Please note that for freshmen applicants, a maximum of 15 transfer credits can be accepted, and students who have earned a prior degree are not eligible for HEOP

 HEOP and its activities are supported, in whole or in part, by the New York State Education Department.