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HEOP Financial Eligibility Checklist

Consideration for the University of Mount Saint Vincent Higher Education Opportunity Program depends on students meeting all eligibility requirements including, but not limited to, financial income criteria as established by New York State. To confirm your economic eligibility, you must submit the following financial documentation as soon as possible:

  1. A signed copy of the prior year 2022 NYS Tax Return
    1. If your family did not file taxes in 2022, please provide proof of non-filer status and alternative proof of income
    2. Proof of non-filer status includes a 4506-T Request Form and Letter from the IRS (#7 on 4506-T Request Form) Verifying Non-Tax Filer Status
  2. A signed copy of the 1040 for 2022 taxes used to complete FAFSA
    1. See above if you are a non-tax filer
  3. Copy of the prior year 2022 IRS Tax Transcript
    1. This may be requested online at ​​ or by calling 1-800-908-9946​
    2. It may take 10 to 14 business days for the transcript to be sent to you via mail if you filed taxes electronically. If you filed a paper tax return, it may take four to six weeks. Be sure to allow yourself sufficient time to collect this documentation to meet enrollment deadlines.
  4.  Proof of Public Assistance if provided to you (i.e. food stamps, rent subsidies, social security benefits)

To be admitted to HEOP, students must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Please submit all documents by uploading them to your Student Portal.

If you have specific questions regarding financial eligibility, please email

Economic Eligibility Criteria Academic Year 2023-2024
To be considered for the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, the applicant’s family income must fall within the ranges provided in the following chart:

# of Household Dependents in
2018-2019** Eligible Income 2019-2020 Eligible Income 2021-2022 Eligible Income 2022-2023 Eligible Income 2023-2024 Eligible Income
1 $22,311 $22,459 $23,606 $23,828 $25,142
2 $30,044 $30,451 $31,894 $32,227 $33,874
3 $37,777 $38,443 $40,182 $40,626 $42,606
4 $45,510 $46,435 $48,470 $49,025 $51,338
5 $53,243 $54,427 $56,758 $57,424 $60,070
6 $60,976 $62,419 $65,046 $65,823 $68,802
7 $68,709 $70,411 $73,334 $74,222 $77,534
8 $76,442 $78,403 $81,622 $82,621 $86,266

*For 2023-24, add $8,732 for each additional family member in excess of 8.
**The Income Eligibility Levels for 2018-19 remained the same as the previous year (2017-18).

Exceptions to the above guidelines may include:

  • The student’s family receives public assistance
  • The student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no money is provided by the birth parents
  • The student is a ward of the state or county
  • The student’s household is supported by one member working two or more jobs at the same time

While participating in the application process, if you believe your family ​does not ​meet the economic criteria for HEOP listed above, please email to request that your application be re-evaluated for regular admission.