New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

About Arthur O. Eve


Arthur O. Eve,

member of the New York State Assembly (1967–2003) and

Deputy Speaker of the Assembly (1979–2003) representing districts in Buffalo, New York


In 1966, the Governor and the Legislature approved a bill to provide access to higher education for the "educationally and economically disadvantaged" students in New York State. The program known as Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) was begun at The City University of New York (CUNY). The College Discovery Program, which was already in existence at community colleges in New York City, was continued, and the State University of New York (SUNY) started the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).


In 1969, legislation established the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at independent colleges and universities in New York State. Specifically, in May 1969, the New York State Legislature passed an amendment to the Education Law that authorized a program to expand educational opportunity in independent institutions of higher education.


In 2006, the Governor and the Legislature approved a name change in honor of the important role former Assemblyman Arthur O. Eve played in increasing access to higher education in New York State.  In 2013-14, the primary objective of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) remains the same, to help provide a broad range of services to New York State residents who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a postsecondary educational institution.









Source: Collegiate Development Programs Unit, Higher Education Opportunity Program