Frequently Asked Questions about HEOP

How do I apply to HEOP at Syracuse University?

You will need to submit the Common Application and the Syracuse University Common Application Supplement.

Candidates who want to be considered for the HEOP program should be sure to request financial aid assistance on the Common Application.  Syracuse University requires students who wish to be considered for need-based aid to complete both the FAFSA and CSS profile.

Is there a separate application to HEOP?

There is no separate application for HEOP.  You will need to submit the Common Application and the Syracuse University Common Application Supplement as well as the CSS profile

How will I know if I have been accepted to HEOP?

The first step in the process is to be selected for consideration. You would be notified of your “conditional acceptance” to SU through HEOP pending economic qualification. This requires an evaluation of your family’s financial documentation. Once this process is complete, and if all of the required documentation has been collected, you will be notified of a final admission decision mid-March through April 15th.

Can I apply early decision for HEOP?

No, you should apply during the “Regular Decision Plan” with an application deadline of January 1, 2017.

What criteria must I meet for admission to HEOP?

In order to be considered for the Higher Education Opportunity Program, you must be a resident of New York State and:

  • Possess a high school equivalency diploma or the equivalent of a GED
  • Meet program academic criteria
  • Meet program economic guidelines

What are the economic guidelines for HEOP?

Candidates must meet income eligibility guidelines based on household income. The most recent information regarding this can be found at NYS Department of Education’s HEOP website at:

The applicant will automatically meet economic eligibility if:

  • A family is receiving AFDC
  • The student is living with foster parents
  • The student is a ward of the state or county.

Documentation will be required.

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