Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) - College of Mount Saint Vincent
Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
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Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a partnership between the College of Mount Saint Vincent and the New York State Education Department (NYSED). This program is designed for students who have the potential and drive to further their education, but due to limited academic and financial resources, would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend college. The goal of HEOP is to retain and graduate promising students who will succeed at the college level and beyond.

Program Components

Pre-First Year Summer Program
All College of Mount Saint Vincent HEOP students are required to attend a four-week summer program prior to the beginning of their freshman year. The summer program is designed to inform students about college life, initiate a program of academic skill building, and acquaint students with HEOP, its services and staff, and fellow classmates. Students will commute to campus while participating in this program.

Academic Support Services
If you need additional academic assistance to prepare for college work, HEOP can meet your needs. Before you begin your classes, the HEOP professional staff will evaluate your academic strengths and weaknesses, and design a specific academic program to help you succeed. You will have the opportunity to take both non-credit and credit developmental courses. These courses provide instruction in basic skills, reading, writing, vocabulary, mathematics, and other areas of study. During the summer and academic year, HEOP support services include:

  • Tutorial Services
    HEOP provides you with free tutorial services to assist you with your academic courses. Tutorial services are conducted on a one-to-one basis or in groups, depending on your needs. Tutors are both experienced HEOP students and some are professional tutors.
  • Counseling Services
    Counseling services are provided by the HEOP staff on an individual or group basis to assist you with any problems that may interfere with your academic work. You will receive the following types of counseling:

    • Academic—the HEOP counselor will assist you in selecting your academic major and courses. You will have a reduced course load during your first semester. You are also given an extra year of eligibility to graduate.
    • Personal—adjustment to college life often presents many new challenges for HEOP students. Counseling helps you develop your self-confidence, identity, and a positive attitude about learning.
    • Career—students are often undecided about what to do after graduation. The HEOP staff will assist you in making career choices. Career counseling will help you select the necessary courses to prepare for employment or postgraduate study.

Financial Support Services
Students admitted through HEOP will receive the following financial benefits:

  • Comprehensive financial aid package
  • Free monthly MTA MetroCard
  • Stipend for textbooks

Program Requirements

To be eligible for HEOP you must meet all of the following conditions:

  1. Be a resident of New York State for one year preceding your term of entry into HEOP
  2. Possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or their equivalent
  3. Apply for admission and be selected for consideration by the Admission and HEOP offices
  4. Have the potential and motivation for the successful completion of college
  5. Meet economic eligibility requirements
  6. Complete the pre-freshman summer program

HEOP Eligibility Checklist

Application Process

The application deadline is March 1 but students are encouraged to apply early.

All applicants must adhere to the following procedures before a final decision can be made:

  • Complete the general College of Mount Saint Vincent application for Undergraduate Admission
  • Mark HEOP on the admission application where appropriate
  • Submit an official high school transcript or a copy of GED scores
  • Submit official SAT or ACT test scores
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit college application essay
  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 and before March 1 to ensure timely notification
  • Provide documentation of income for previous calendar year (signed copy of 1040 income tax form or proof of social services, Social Security, veterans, unemployment and/or disability benefits)*

*Upon Request, only applicants who have submitted all the required documentation will be contacted for an interview.

Transfer Students
Transfer students must submit an official college transcript(s) and a transfer application, which verifies EOP, HEOP, SEEK or College Discovery participation at a previous institution.
Download the HEOP Transfer Student Certification form

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