The Clarkson University New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is funded jointly by the University and a HEOP grant through the New York State Education Department. Clarkson HEOP offers college access and a comprehensive academic support system to assist in student academic success. The program provides a broad range of services to students who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a postsecondary educational institution.
Clarkson HEOP students have access to a significant student-centered support system, including the Summer Pre-Freshman Experience (SPREE) and academic-year guidance and support.
The HEOP guidelines, developed by the State Education Department are as follows:
The applicant must
- be a New York State resident for 1 year prior to entry into HEOP
- have obtained a high school diploma or the equivalent of a State Equivalency Diploma
- demonstrate high potential and motivation for attaining a college education
- be considered economically and academically disadvantaged, as indicated in the following sections
- The student's academic profile, which includes high school grades, SAT scores and academic history, would be considered non-admissible through Clarkson’s regular admissions standards.
- The student demonstrates high potential, promise and motivation for attaining a college education.
- To be considered, the applicant must meet the income eligibility criteria as required by New York State.
- The up-to-date income eligibility criteria link can be found here:
Reference to the economic guidelines need not be made if the applicant falls into one of the following categories and documentation is sent forth: a) The student or his/her family is a recipient of payment through a New York State County Department of Social Services; b) the student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no financial assistance is provided by the natural parents; or c) the student is a ward of the state or county.