Central to New York's postsecondary education policy is assuring access to higher education for students regardless of social or economic circumstances. HEOP has been the key vehicle for minority and disadvantaged groups to access the State's strong and varied independent college sector since 1969. HEOP grants are provided to degree-granting independent institutions which provide programs of academic and financial support to students who are both educationally and economically disadvantaged. HEOP provides funds to assist in the testing and recruitment of prospective students; structured support services including a pre-freshman summer program, counseling, tutoring, and remedial/developmental coursework, financial assistance toward their college expenses and other services.
In 2014-2015, approximately 4,750 FTE students were served in 53 programs around the State. Funds are allocated to each sponsoring institution on the basis of an approved proposal and budget. Payments are authorized following the receipt and analysis of periodic reports, with payment levels based on authorized expenditures and targeted enrollment levels.
The economic benefits to our State and nation are enormous. HEOP and the opportunity programs in the public sector have proven successful in helping to ameliorate the problem of youth underemployment and unemployment in New York State by concentrating on students from the lowest socioeconomic levels, and providing them with improved life and career skills. HEOP graduates stay, work and pay taxes in the State and contribute to their communities.
State Statute: Education Law §6451
State Regulation: 8NYCRR Part 152
NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS SERVED: 4,750 (2014-15)