DON’T COUNT YOURSELF OUT

Accepting New and transfer students for fall and spring

If you dream of going to college but don’t think you have the money, grades, or time to make it happen, HEOP can change your life. University College of Syracuse University has New York State’s only HEOP program for part-time students. It covers the majority of your expenses as an SU student.

What is HEOP?

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is an opportunity for people who want to improve their lives through education. The program provides access to Syracuse University for economically and educationally disadvantaged students from New York State.

Who is eligible for HEOP?

Low income New York State residents who have a high school diploma (4-year average between 70 and 84.5) or GED but have never been to college are eligible for HEOP. Even if you didn’t do well in school in the past, you may discover that you have what it takes to go to college. 

First-time college students registered through an EOP at another college are eligible to transfer into the Syracuse University part-time HEOP.

Click here for HEOP Eligibility and Economic Guidelines.

What does HEOP cover?

HEOP provides academic support and financial assistance. The majority of the cost of tuition, fees, books, and parking will be covered by HEOP if you meet the New York State low-income guidelines. Child care assistance may also be available if you have children who need supervision while you attend classes and earn your degree.

Tutoring for academic success

Helpful tutors work closely with you in writing, math, and other areas, to help you build your knowledge, develop better study skills, and gain confidence in your abilities. If you have children who see you working hard to reach your goals and improve your life, they are likely to follow your lead.

Counseling for “life”

HEOP students receive one-on-one counseling from advisors who are qualified to help you discover your strengths, overcome roadblocks to success, and choose an academic program that meets your interests and career goals. They can also help you juggle school, work and family responsibilities as an SU student.

How do I apply for HEOP?

Contact a representative at University College to discuss your eligibility and see if HEOP will be a good fit for you. Call 315-443-3261 to set up an appointment.

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HEOP Eligibility and Economic Guidelines

New York State sets the eligibility guidelines for HEOP access. Find out if you meet the educational and financial criteria.

What our students are saying

An SU degree is a distant dream for many, but these HEOP students made it a reality. Read their inspiring comments.

The History of HEOP

The Higher Education Opportunity Program was established in 1969 by the New York State Legislature to provide access to independent colleges and universities for economically and educationally disadvantaged students from New York State. In 2006, the name was changed to recognize the important role Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve played in obtaining the original funding for the program. Eve served in the New York State Assembly longer than any other incumbent member, and became known for creating opportunities for minorities and low income people to have access to college.

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


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