Economic Eligibility Criteria for HEOP Opportunity Programs
HEOP: Higher Education Opportunity Program
PRIVATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
EOP: Educational Opportunity Program
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (SUNY)
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The State University of New York's Educational Opportunity Program provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. Program participants receive a variety of academic support services and modest financial support to alleviate non-tuition costs (e.g. books, supplies etc.) Available primarily to full-time, matriculated students, the program supports students throughout their college careers within the University.
To be eligible for admission to EOP you must be:
A New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment;
Require special admissions consideration; and
Qualify as economically disadvantaged according to the guidelines. In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Note: Applicants deemed ineligible for EOP may still qualify for admission and financial aid through other admission processes.
As part of the EOP admission process, your high school record and test scores (if required) will be reviewed, as well as information about clubs, hobbies, jobs and any other experiences which made an impact on your education. This information will help college counselors evaluate your potential for success in a college program.
Economic Eligibility Criteria for EOP Opportunity Programs
Educational Opportunity Program students may receive support services, such as academic, career, and personal counseling; tutoring and supplemental instruction. As part of a student's overall financial aid package, the Educational Opportunity Program provides financial assistance for non-tuition related expenses (e.g. books, supplies, etc.).
FOSTER YOUTH COLLEGE SUCCESS INITIATIVE
Under the Foster Youth College Success Initiative, foster youth are eligible fo additional services and funding to assist with applying for, enrolling in and succeeding in college.
Students submitting an application for EOP consideration may qualify for an application fee waiver for their first four (4) campus choices. If a student does not meet both the academic and economic guidelines, or the campus to which the student is applying does not operate an Educational Opportunity Program, the student will be billed for the fee.
Applicants who are deemed ineligible for EOP for financial reasons may still qualify for admission and for financial aid as traditional candidates.
What is SEEK?
SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) is a state-funded educational opportunity program of the City University of New York. The Program provides access to the University's senior colleges under non-traditional admissions criteria for talented and motivated high school graduates who need academic and financial support.
To be eligible for SEEK, you must:
be a legal resident of New York State for at least one year prior to entering college;
be a high school graduate or recipient of a state-approved equivalency diploma;
be a first-time freshman or previously enrolled in an HEOP or EOP program;
have a gross family income that meets the New York State guidelines;
be inadmissible according to the freshman admissions criteria established for the CUNY senior college you want to attend.
How Do I Apply?
You must complete the Special Programs (SEEK and College Discovery) section of the CUNY Freshman Admission Application on-line at You must also complete the Financial Aid Student Application (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be submitted in paper form or (for a faster response) electronically through the Internet at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You should list all of the CUNY colleges you are considering in step 6 of your FAFSA. Be aware that not all eligible students are accepted to SEEK; therefore, you should submit your applications early to increase your chances of being accepted.
What Are The Benefits Of Being A SEEK Student?
In addition to the services the college provides to regularly admitted students, SEEK offers an array of instructional, financial, and counseling support services to its students. Program activities are designed to assist students in meeting the challenges of college and to provide a supportive environment in which they will flourish.
How Can I Get More Information?
Each of the eleven senior CUNY campuses has a SEEK Program. Their websites can be accessed at www.cuny.edu. SEEK offices are welcoming places. Visit the SEEK Program on your campus of choice.
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What is HEOP?
The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) provides supportive services and financial aid to New York State residents attending independent colleges and universities in New York State.
How Do I Apply?
To apply for admission to a Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), request an application from the institution that you are interested in attending. There are 58 HEOP programs throughout New York State, offering a wide variety of academic courses in major fields of study. Specific information can be obtained by writing to the HEOP program on that campus. A roster of HEOP programs is listed at the end of this brochure.
Please note: Many independent colleges require you to apply by February 1 of the year you intend to begin. This date varies at each campus. Please plan to apply as early as possible.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for HEOP you must meet all of the following conditions. You must:
- Have been a resident of New York State for one year preceding your term of entry into HEOP.
- Possess a high school diploma or a State-approved equivalency diploma (with a composite score not higher than 3100) or its equivalent.
- A level of knowledge and academic ability equal to the level required for entrance to the educational opportunity program at the institution to which the individual seeks admission.
- Be educationally disadvantaged. An educationally disadvantaged student is a student who otherwise would not be accepted as a matriculated student under the institution’s normal admissions standards in the degree program for which application is made.