HEOP - Eligibility Information
Opportunity Programs

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

Eligibility Requirements

Ropes CourseTo 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:

General Requirements

  1. Be a high school graduate or possess a state-approved equivalency diploma or its equivalent;
  2. Be a resident of New York State for at least one year prior to enrollment in HEOP;
  3. Meet both academic and economic guidelines as defined in the following sections.

Academic Requirements

  1. 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;
  2. A student demonstrates potential for successful completion of the Undergraduate program for which he/she is applying. 
Basic CriteriaTraditional StudentAllied HealthHEOP Student
High School Average 87 or 3.1* 90 or 3.5 74 – 82 or
2.0 –2.6* 
SAT Mathematics 530 610 420
SAT Critical Reading 540 630 400 
SAT Writing 540 640 420
SAT Composite Score 1610 1880 1140
ACT Composite Score 23 27 16 
Class Rank Not applicable** Not applicable** Not applicable** 
*Based on a 100 or 4.0 scale.
** Each student will be reviewed on an individual basis**

Economic Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. 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) 2016 federal income form (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ).
  • Copies of all 2016
  • W2 forms for students and parents.
  • 2016 Social Security documentation (if applicable).
  • 2016 Social Services documentation (if applicable). This includes food stamps, cash assistance, housing assistance, etc.
  • 2016 Child Support documentation (if applicable).
If selected to complete financial verification, students will be contacted by the Opportunity Programs Office. Additional documentation may be required. Please do not submit documentation unless first contact by our office.

Documents can be sent via:
Office of Opportunity Programs
Utica College
1600 Burrstone Rd.
Utica, NY 13502
Attn: Tracy Branch

(315) 792-5287


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 income eligibility guidelines:

Number of Members in Household (incl. head of household)Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year



John D. Ossowski, M.S., M.S.W.
Director, Opportunity Programs

(315) 792-3216
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502