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
- The student is living with foster parents who do not provide
support for college, and no monies are provided by the natural
- 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
For more information, please email HEOP@msmc.edu or call