Students must meet the income eligibility guidelines established by the Board of Regents and are admitted without regard to age, sex, creed, sexual orientation, race, or disability.

An applicant will automatically meet economic eligibility if:

  • The student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no monies are provided by the natural parents; or
  • The student is a ward of the state or county.

To determine eligibility for HEOP, applicants must apply and provide the appropriate documents directly to the HEOP Office. A personal interview is mandatory, and once selected and admitted, HEOP participants may continue in the program until degree completion, with awards available for various periods depending on the duration of their academic program.

You can review the New York State Income Eligibility Requirements here. 

Financial Aid from HEOP

All HEOP students must file the FAFSA to be considered for aid from HEOP as well as from other state and federally funded programs. The amount of financial aid and other support provided depends upon a student’s financial need. Recipients must meet requirements for academic progress determined by the college.

Each recipient must also apply for TAP and follow through with the appropriate paperwork each year in order for funds to be disbursed. TAP is limited to five years of eligibility for HEOP students. All students must achieve a 2.0 Grade Point Average by the end of their sophomore year to continue to receive TAP awards.

For more information, please email HEOP@msmc.edu or call 845-569-3178.

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