About HEOP

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) was established by the New York State Legislature in 1969 to provide access to independent college and universities for economically and educationally disadvantaged students from New York State. Economic eligibility is based on state-mandated low-income guidelines. Academic criteria are determined by each HEOP institution: a student enrolled in HEOP does not meet the institution’s traditional admissions profile, but are the top performers from the high schools and academies that they attend. HEOP students must demonstrate that they are able to successfully compete at whatever institution they attend. There are no compromises in the admissions process. HEOP is an avenue through which any student meeting both, academic and economic guidelines can obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Purpose
To help provide a broad range of services to New York State residents who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a private post secondary educational institution.

Student Eligibility

Persons in Family 2016 Opportunity Program guidelines
1 $21,978
2 $29,637
3 $37,296
4 $44,955
5 $52,164
6 $60,273
7 $67,951
For each additional person, add $7,696

Economic eligibility is based on state-mandated low-income guidelines. Academic criteria are determined by each HEOP institution: a student enrolled in HEOP does not meet the institution’s traditional admissions profile, but are the top performers from the high schools and academies that they attend. HEOP students must demonstrate that they are able to successfully compete at whatever institution they attend. There are no compromises in the admissions process. HEOP is an avenue through which any student meeting both, academic and economic guidelines can obtain a bachelor’s degree.

Statewide HEOP Impact and Accomplishments
(based on 2014-2015 HEOP Project Data)

Number of HEOP projects in NY State

53

Total number of college students served through HEOP:

> 4600*

*There are not enough spaces in our opportunity programs to meet the demands of our population who are both academically and economically disadvantaged.

How is an economic circumstance defined**?

•           Households with incomes below $31,830 were considered to be economically disadvantaged.

•           For the year 2011-12, 89% of incoming freshmen (1,192) were economically disadvantaged.

Here is what a typical HEOP student’s academic circumstance looks like:


The following data is a guideline to demonstrate the academic profile of HEOP freshmen

Percentage of freshmen with High School Average below 80

33%

Percentage of freshmen with SAT Verbal score below 500

69%

Percentage of freshmen with SAT Math score below 500

64%

** this definition varies by institution and by year.

Current Statewide HEOP Student Population

African American

31%

Hispanic/Latino

43%

Caucasian

9%

Asian

14%

American Indian / Alaskan Native

1%

Outcomes

College graduation rate for HEOP students statewide:

59%

HEOP graduates continuing to Graduate or Professional School, or employed upon graduation:

75%

Total HEOP graduates 1969 – 2010

> 36,000

HEOP Results
•HEOP students graduate at a rate 6.5% greater than the national graduation rate for all students.
•HEOP benefits all of New York State – not just those who participate – because as greater numbers of academically and economically disadvantaged students are educated, the potential workforce for the future grows and stabilizes.
•HEOP shows that education can move people and families out of poverty.

All applicants MUST qualify academically AND financially. This is an academic support program with a financial aid package that is in place to help students focus on their academic successes.

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