The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
To be eligible for HEOP at Utica College, there are established economic and academic requirements that need to be met. These guidelines have been developed by the State Education Department and are as follows:
- Be a high school graduate or possess a state-approved equivalency diploma or its equivalent;
- Be a resident of New York State for at least one year prior to enrollment in HEOP;
- Meet both academic and economic guidelines as defined in the following sections.
- A student's academic profile, including high school grades, standardized testing scores and academic history would indicate that he/she would be non-admissible under Utica College’s regular admissions standards;
- A student demonstrates potential for successful completion of the Undergraduate program for which he/she is applying.
|Basic Criteria||Traditional Student||Allied Health||HEOP Student|
|High School Average||87 or 3.1*||90 or 3.5||79 – 86 or |
|SAT Critical Reading||540||630||420|
|SAT Composite Score||1610||1880||1240|
|ACT Composite Score||23||27||16|
|Class Rank||Not applicable**||Not applicable**||Not applicable**|
** Each student will be reviewed on an individual basis**
- To be considered, the applicant must meet the economic criteria established by the New York State Education Department; all income must be verified by appropriate documentation.
- Reference to the economic guidelines need not be made if the applicant falls into one of the following categories, and documentation is available:
a.) The student or his/her family is a recipient of payment through a New York State County Department of Social Services;
b.) The student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no financial assistance is provided by the natural parents;
c.) The student is a ward of the state or county.
Economic Eligibility for First-Time Students
The following documents are required in order to complete financial verification:
- Signed and dated copy of parent(s) 2015 federal income form (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ).
- Copies of all 2015 W2 forms for students and parents.
- 2015 Social Security documentation (if applicable).
- 2015 Social Services documentation (if applicable). This includes food stamps, cash assistance, housing assistance, etc.
- 2015 Child Support documentation (if applicable).
Documents can be sent via:
Office of Opportunity Programs
1600 Burrstone Rd.
Utica, NY 13502
For the purpose of this subdivision, the number of members of a household shall be determined by ascertaining the number of individuals living in the student's residence who are economically dependent on the income, as defined in subdivision 6 of this section, supporting the student.
For students first entering college between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017:
|Number of Members in Household (incl. head of household)||Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year|
|7 or more||$67,951 plus $7,696 for each family member in excess of 7|