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


What is HEOP?


For over 30 years, Ithaca College has been successfully graduating students through the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).  HEOP is jointly sponsored by Ithaca College and a grant from the New York State Education Department.  HEOP provides residents the possibility of a college education who would otherwise be excluded from higher education due to their academic and economic circumstances.

What does HEOP provide?

HEOP provides financial assistance for tuition, counseling, tutorial services and a pre-college academic and residential experience program called the Summer Institute.

What types of counseling does HEOP provide?

HEOP provides academic, personal, financial and career counseling.

How do I know if I am eligible?

Applicant must be a resident of the State of New York one year preceding his/her first term of entry and be a first-time college student who meets the following academic and economic criteria:


  • Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent GED
  • Apply to Ithaca College through the Office of Admission and supply all documentation required to complete the application
  • Be initially inadmissible to the degree program applied
  • Ithaca College does not have minimum or maximum SAT or GPA requirements.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the applicant to bring ALL current or previously completed college-level coursework to the attention of an Ithaca College Admission counselor or HEOP staff, during the application process.


  • Family’s household income must not exceed the economic guidelines set forth by the New York State Education Department for the calendar year prior to attending college; or
  • Must be a recipient or dependent of an individual(s) receiving 1) aid to dependent children; 2) home relief; 3) family day care payments through a New York State or County department of social services; or
  • Student lives with foster parents who do not provide economic support for college; or
  • Student is a Ward of the Court 

How do I apply?

Complete the Common Application. Students will be identified and selected for consideration by the admission committee. Students who wish to be considered for HEOP must complete the CSS Profile, in addition to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Where do I direct my application questions?

Questions regarding the application process and status should be directed to the Office of Admission.  We strongly encourage all applicants to visit the campus for a tour.

What is the Summer Institute?

The REQUIRED four-week pre-freshman institute (tentative dates are June 28 - July 29, 2017) provides a valuable and exciting preview of rigorous coursework at Ithaca College. The Summer Institute (SI) offers several academic courses which focus on mathematical and writing skills, a seminar course on "Exploring Psychology in Everyday Life" and academic success strategies.  Besides an interdisciplinary academic experience, the Summer Institute provides career, cultural, social, and leadership development, along with recreational activities on the campus and in the Ithaca community, offering a living-learning community.

What should I bring to Summer Institute?

Visit Summer Institute for Burgeoning Scholars for a list of items to bring and for any additional information regarding the Summer Institute (SI) summer program. PDF version. Additionally, SI will provide, at no charge to the participant, most of your academic/instructional and residential supplies, including books, meals/snacks, limited toiletries, as examples. Our goal is to facilitate a true living-learning environment.  Room and board are provided at no charge to the participant.

Is there an application fee waiver?

Waivers should be requested to the Office of Admission.

Does HEOP help pay for books?

It varies depending on your financial package, in many cases students are allocated book money. 

Will my tuition and living expenses be entirely covered by HEOP? 

No.  In many cases, the HEOP grant and HEOP-institutional funds are sufficient for meeting the educational cost of attendance at Ithaca College for 4-5 years but not a 100% guarantee.  Nearly all financial aid at any college or university is based on demonstrated financial need.  Each HEOP student is awarded financial aid (grants and loans) based on their specific financial need.

Your financial need is based on all of the financial documents collected during the admission process.  Through the Student Financial Services review and financial aid packaging process you or your parent(s) may need to apply for a student loan(s) to help meet the cost of attendance.  Your family's expected family contribution (EFC) should be requested from SFS before you decide to attend Ithaca College. 

Please be sure to read ALL documents before accepting student or personal loans. ***Please ensure that the correct or appropriate person(s) signs any and all loan forms as instructed. As an example, under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program it reads:

WARNING: Any person who knowingly makes a false statement or misrepresentation on this form or accompanying documents is subject to penalties that may include fines, imprisonment, or both, under the U.S. Criminal Code and 20 U.S.C. 1097.


NOTE: Before and during your four or five years at Ithaca College, it is your ongoing responsibility to know what will be covered by financial aid before you decide to attend each semester. You must sign all financial aid related documents in a timely manner to ensure your financial aid package is completed.  


If you have any questions about your educational expenses and HEOP financial aid, please contact Julie Hickman-Godoy in Student Financial Services.



We strongly encourage all applicants to visit the campus for a tour.