HEOP Eligibility and Economic Guidelines

Eligibility Guidelines:

  1. HEOP students must be New York State Residents
  2. HEOP Freshman students:
    • Must be first-time college students.
    • Must have graduated from high school with a 4-year average between 70 and 84.5, or have earned a GED or a vocational diploma.
    • Must meet the economic guidelines for freshman eligibility (See guidelines below).
  3. HEOP Transfer students:
    • Must have prior participation in a HEOP, EOP, SEEK or College Discovery program at your previous college.
    • Must have verification of your HEOP, EOP, SEEK or College Discovery status.
    • Must meet the admission requirement for the program you are applying to at Syracuse University.

Economic Guidelines for HEOP Freshman Eligibility

Economic eligibility is based on state-mandated, low-income guidelines. Academic criteria are determined by the individual HEOP institutions.

For Students Entering College on or after July 1, 2022

Economic Guidelines for HEOP Freshman Eligibility For Students Entering College on or after July 1, 2022
Number in Household (incl. Head of House) 2022-2023 Total Annual Income based on 2020 tax year
1 $23,828 or less
2 $32,227 or less
3 $40,626 or less
4 $49,025 or less
5 $57,424 or less
6 $65,823 or less
7 $74,222 or less
8 or more $82,621 (or less); plus $8,399 for each family number in excess of 8

If you have any further questions, please contact the HEOP office.

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