The Higher Education Opportunity Program is a program in New York State that provides talented students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with both financial and academic support throughout their undergraduate years. All HEOP Scholars must be New York State residents and must meet both financial and academic guidelines. The HEOP program was funded under Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and was approved by Governor Rockefeller of New York. This program is successful due to HEOP providing grants to institutions of higher learning. The program has initially awarded over fifty colleges grants ranging from $40,000-$61,000 to appropriately fund students admitted through HEOP.

When the HEOP program was founded in 1969, there were approximately twenty-five institutions that offered the program. Now, forty-three years later, the program has expanded to fifty-seven independent colleges and universities throughout New York State.

In order to be eligible for the Higher Education Opportunity Program, a student must be a New York State resident for 1 year before starting HEOP at his/her admitted college, have a high school or equivalent state approved diploma (such as the Armed Forces), be academically disadvantaged meaning that he/she would not be able to be accepted according to regular admission standards, be financially disadvantaged (based on specific income cutoffs, varying by college) and have ambition to succeed.

Participating Institutions

Higher Education Opportunity Program - Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) | Siena College (New York)
  • Alfred University,
  • Bard College,
  • Barnard College,
  • Boricua College,
  • Canisius College of Buffalo,
  • Cazenovia College,
  • Clarkson University,
  • Colgate University,
  • College of Saint Rose,
  • Columbia University: Columbia College & School of Engineering & Applied Science,
  • Cornell University,
  • Daemen College,
  • Dowling College,
  • D'Youville College,
  • Five Towns College,
  • Fordham University: College at Lincoln Center,
  • Fordham University: Rose Hill Campus,
  • Hamilton College,
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges,
  • Hofstra University,
  • Ithaca College,
  • LeMoyne College,
  • Long Island University Brooklyn Campus,
  • Long Island University C.W. Post Campus,
  • Manhattan College,
  • Marist College,
  • Marymount Manhattan College,
  • Mercy College,
  • Molloy College,
  • Mount Saint Mary College,
  • Nazareth College,
  • New School (The),
  • New York Institute of Technology:-Manhattan Center,
  • New York Institute of Technology:-Old Westbury Campus,
  • New York University,
  • Niagara University,
  • Nyack College,
  • Paul Smith's College,
  • Polytechnic University (New York),
  • Pratt Institute,
  • Rochester Institute of Technology,
  • Russell Sage College,
  • Sage College of Albany,
  • St. Bonaventure University,
  • St. John Fisher College,
  • St. Lawrence University,
  • St. Thomas Aquinas College,
  • Siena College,
  • Skidmore College,
  • Syracuse University,
  • Syracuse University Continuing Education,
  • Trocaire College,
  • Union College,
  • University of Rochester,
  • Utica College,
  • Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology,
  • Villa Maria College of Buffalo


Higher Education Opportunity Program - Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) | Siena College (New York)

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