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

You recently received notification that the Admissions Committee is currently reviewing your application for admission to Syracuse University through the sponsorship of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). The HEOP program has strict eligibility guidelines; along with limited enrollment and is on a first come, first serve basis. Before you prepare your HEOP application materials, please read the following important information.

To be eligible for HEOP, you must meet the following New York State criteria:

  • Have permanent residence in New York State
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Be inadmissible to Syracuse University under regular admissions guidelines
  • Attend and successfully complete SummerStart, a six-week summer program
  • Meet NYS economic eligibility guidelines (see below)

Economic Eligibility Criteria*

Total # of Family Members (including head of household)Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year
Total # of Family Members (including head of household)
1
Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year
$22,311
Total # of Family Members (including head of household)
2
Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year
$30,044
Total # of Family Members (including head of household)
3
Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year
$37,777
Total # of Family Members (including head of household)
4
Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year
$45,510
Total # of Family Members (including head of household)
5
Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year
$53,243
Total # of Family Members (including head of household)
6
Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year
$60,976
Total # of Family Members (including head of household)
7
Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year
$68,709**
Total # of Family Members (including head of household)
**For each family member in excess of 7
Total Annual Income in Preceding Calendar Year
add $7,733
*This chart is based on the HEOP/EOP 2017 income guidelines that apply to the 2016 income year for the 2018-19 entering class. It is subject to change. Families with accumulation of assets may not be eligible.

HEOP: What You Need To Do

Applications for admission through HEOP are considered only on a first come, first-served basis. In order to confirm your eligibility, promptly complete and return the economic eligibility form and supporting documents listed on your Financial Aid “To Do” list in MySlice, which may include:

  • HEOP Economic Eligibility Form with supporting 2016 Income Tax Returns for student and parent; along with 2016 W2 forms (follow the instructions on the form)
  • Child Support Statement, notarized
  • Social Security/Social Services Income and Benefits Verification Form

If your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married to each other, then your noncustodial parent will need to file the CSS Non-Custodial Profile (NCP). If you have a special circumstance that would make it difficult to submit the NCP, email finaidU6@syr.edu for further information.

Additional Information

  • If you are admitted through HEOP you are required to attend and complete SummerStart, a six-week program from July 2–August 10, 2018 on the Syracuse University campus. The University, HEOP, and New York State’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) cover housing, meals, tuition, and book expenses incurred for the six-week program.
  • Due to Syracuse University regulations, please be aware that incoming HEOP students are ineligible to practice or compete in inter-collegiate athletics during their first year.

Student Support Services (SSS)

Congratulations on your admissions and your invitation to participate in Student Support Services (SSS) at Syracuse University. You may choose to attend Syracuse University with or without participation in Student Support Services.

Program Qualifications

  • Meet federal low-income guidelines
    You must provide evidence that meets the federal low-income guidelines for taxable income (see below.) This evidence must be from financial aid applications and requested income tax or social security documents.

And one of the following:

  • First-generation college student
    If neither of your parents (or custodial parent in the case of a single parent household) has a Bachelor’s *four year) degree, you are considered a first-generation college student.
  • Student with a documented disability
    To qualify as a student with a documented disability, you must have acceptable documentation on file in the Office of Disability Services or present that documentation with your application.

Federal TRIO Programs-Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective January 31, 2017 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit48 Contiguous States, D.C. and Outlying JurisdictionsAlaskaHawaii
Size of Family Unit
1
48 Contiguous States, D.C. and Outlying Jurisdictions
$18,090
Alaska
$22,590
Hawaii
$20,790
Size of Family Unit
2
48 Contiguous States, D.C. and Outlying Jurisdictions
$24,360
Alaska
$30,435
Hawaii
$28,005
Size of Family Unit
3
48 Contiguous States, D.C. and Outlying Jurisdictions
$30,630
Alaska
$38,280
Hawaii
$35,220
Size of Family Unit
4
48 Contiguous States, D.C. and Outlying Jurisdictions
$36,900
Alaska
$46,125
Hawaii
$42,435
Size of Family Unit
5
48 Contiguous States, D.C. and Outlying Jurisdictions
$43,170
Alaska
$53,970
Hawaii
$49,650
Size of Family Unit
6
48 Contiguous States, D.C. and Outlying Jurisdictions
$49,440
Alaska
$61,815
Hawaii
$56,865
Size of Family Unit
7
48 Contiguous States, D.C. and Outlying Jurisdictions
$55,710
Alaska
$69,660
Hawaii
$64,080
Size of Family Unit
8
48 Contiguous States, D.C. and Outlying Jurisdictions
$61,980
Alaska
$77,505
Hawaii
$71,295
For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,270 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions, $7,845 for Alaska; and $7,215 for Hawaii.

The term “low-income individual” means an individual whose family’s taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on January 31, 2017.

The Student Support Services program has limited enrollment and is on a first-come, first-served basis. A SSS Checklist Cover Sheet will assist you in providing all required documentation.

SSS: What You Need To Do

In order to confirm your eligibility, promptly complete and return the supporting documents listed on your Financial Aid “To Do” list in MySlice, which may include:

  • SSS Participation Contract
  • SSS Financial Documentation Form

In addition to the forms, you must submit the Admission Acceptance Form (AAF) and any advance payments as soon as possible.

Mail all documents to:

Financial Aid Processing
Syracuse University
PO Box 37324
Syracuse, NY 13235

Or scan and email forms and all documents to: faprocessing@syr.edu

Contact Us

If you have further questions regarding HEOP or SSS, please contact the Office of Supportive Services at 315.443.3867.

HEOP

Craig Tucker
cmtuck01@syr.edu

SSS

Robert Wilson
rcwilson@syr.edu