The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a collaboration between the New York State Education Department and Paul Smith’s College. The Paul Smith’s College HEOP Program provides supplemental academic and financial support to New York State residents who meet academic and income eligibility guidelines and are selected. Please note, there are a limited number of spaces in HEOP; not everyone that is eligible will be selected.

All prospective HEOP applicants must:

  • Reside in New York State and hold a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Meet the economic requirements established by the New York State Department of Education
  • Meet the academic requirements for HEOP as set by Paul Smith's College
  • Have the potential and motivation for the successful completion of college.
  • If transferring, have been enrolled in an approved opportunity program (HEOP, EOP, SEEK, or College Discovery).

In addition to the admission requirements for Paul Smith's College, HEOP applicants must complete the following:

  • HEOP application
  • HEOP essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A campus visit
  • Interview with HEOP personnel
  • A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Verification of household income (for two previous years) and any documentation required by our Financial Aid Office.

For eligibility guidelines and the on-line HEOP application please go to:

More information on the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is available in the Financial Aid: Financing Your College
Education section of this catalog.

You may also call the HEOP Office on campus at (518) 327-6480 if you have any questions

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