HEOP Higher Education Opportunity Program
A comprehensive academic support program, provided in partnership with the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Inquire to learn more about HEOP and Medaille University.
What is HEOP?
The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a comprehensive academic support program designed to provide supportive services to students and financial aid to New York State residents attending independent colleges and universities in the state. This partnership is between Medaille University and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
Medaille University HEOP Mission
Medaille’s HEOP promises to support the academic and personal growth of students who are motivated to achieve such advancement. Through state and college-funded services, we commit to helping all students who are willing to put in the work and achieve their individual goals toward success.
Who is Eligible for HEOP?
Eligible students must demonstrate academic and economic need. The program, which is funded by the New York State Education Department and Medaille University, provides unique support to help students achieve academic readiness and persist to graduation. Once admitted to Medaille as an HEOP scholar, the student benefits from a holistic, student-centered support system, including academic and personal counseling, tutoring services, and academic and social programming, which continues from the first year all the way through to graduation.
To be eligible for the program, students must:
1. Have been a resident of New York State for one year preceding their term of entry into HEOP
2. Possess a high school diploma or a state-approved equivalency diploma (with a composite score not higher than 3100) or its equivalent. The equivalent of a general equivalency diploma (GED) is defined as one of the following:
- An Armed Forces Equivalency Diploma, with a minimum score of 410 on each test section and a minimum composite score of 2250
- A level of knowledge and academic ability equal to the level required for entrance to an educational opportunity program at the institution to which the individual seeks admission
3. Be educationally disadvantaged, meaning one who otherwise would not be accepted as a matriculated student under the institution’s normal admissions standards. See the table below for regular versus HEOP admissions criteria:
|Regular Admissions Criteria||HEOP Admissions Criteria|
|High School Average||80-100||Under 80|
|SAT Score||800-1030||Under 800|
|ACT Score||17-20||Under 17|
4. Have the potential and motivation for successful completion of college
5. Be economically disadvantaged, meaning the student is a member of a household supported by one member thereof, with a total annual income which does not exceed the applicable amount set forth in the table below, or a household supported solely by one member who works for two or more employers with a total income which does not exceed the applicable amount in the table below by more than $2,710:
|Number in Household (including Head of Household)||Total Annual Income in Preceding Year|
|For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member:||$8,288|
Financial eligibility is determined using one or more of the following documents:
- The FAFSA (all students must complete)
- Signed federal 1040 tax forms
- Statement from Social Security (Form 1099) indicating TOTAL benefits received for you and your family
- Proof of participation in an approved opportunity program, if a transfer student
In order to apply for HEOP services as an incoming Medaille student, please complete both the Medaille University online application and the HEOP application. You will be guided not only through filling out the University application, but through applying for HEOP as well. Admissions will send all academically-eligible applicants to our office for further review.
Successful applicants must:
- A personal statement or essay
- Two letters of recommendation
- Financial documentation
Please contact Shana Richardson, Director of HEOP, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Requirements and Benefits of Participating in HEOP
Students must participate in the following to remain eligible for continued HEOP support:
Mandatory Pre-Freshman Summer Program
This four-week residential program is intended to orient students to college life, initiate a program of academic skill building, and acquaint students with the services available through HEOP. Also referred to as the HEOP Summer Academy, the program provides early exposure to college-level course work, residential campus living, and other realities unique to the college-going experience. The summer program also offers team-building, enrichment, and social activities, providing HEOP students with the opportunity to experience the campus and begin to acclimate to a collegiate environment prior to the start of the academic year. Students admitted to the University through HEOP who do not participate in the summer program CANNOT begin their academic programs in the fall.
You will receive an invitation to register for the summer program after HEOP acceptance.
These include remedial and developmental courses, tutorial services, counseling services, and academic, personal, and career guidance. Students are also required to attend academic workshops throughout each semester, as well as at least one service activity and one recreational activity. Contracts will be signed at the beginning of each semester to ensure compliance. Noncompliance can result in HEOP probation.
Book Vouchers and School Supplies
At the beginning of each semester, students receive a book voucher to assist in purchasing college textbooks. Students also receive necessary supplies for school, as well as bus passes for transportation.
Although HEOP students are not required to reside in the residence halls, they are strongly encouraged to do so in order to create community and camaraderie. During their first year, students can do so with no loan obligation. Years two through five, if a student decides to take a fifth year, will require students to take out loans.
Additional Benefits of HEOP
Students receive individualized, holistic support academically and socially, and have access to a range of counseling, tutoring and other support services. Additionally, HEOP is like a family, as we strive to create an environment of caring and community for all participants.