Higher Education Opportunity Program

What Is HEOP? 

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) provides upto five years of academic support and supplementary financial assistance to eligible New York State residents who do not meet the traditional admissions criteria but demonstrate potential for academic success.

HEOP and its activities are supported, in whole or in part, by the New York State Education Department. HEOP has been an integral part of Marymount Manhattan College since 1969. 

HEOP at Marymount

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at Marymount Manhattan College provides supportive services to all incoming pre-freshman and continuing students enrolled in the program. Supportive services include academic, career, financial aid, and social services counseling, tutorial services, specialized academic workshops, and a pre-freshman summer program.

The Pre-Freshman Summer Program provides a six-week academic and social orientation for incoming students. The academic program emphasizes strengthening writing and math skills and provides students with a transition to college level studies. The curriculum also includes cultural trips, guest speakers, and workshops in library research. Along with developmental courses in writing and math, students enrolled in the program will also have the opportunity to attend a third academic class which allows the student to gain three credits before the fall semester even begins.

Who is Eligible for HEOP? 

In order to be eligible for benefits under the Higher Education Opportunity Program, a student must: 

  1. Meet both the educational and economic guidelines established by the NYSED.
  2. Be a graduate of a high school approved and accredited by the NYSED, have a New York State Equivalency Diploma, or possess an Armed Forces Equivalency Diploma.
  3. Offer proven potential for and an eagerness to succeed in a post-secondary program.
  4. Be a New York State resident for at least 12 months prior to enrollment.
  5. Be a “first time” college student or qualified transfer student from other Arthur O. Eve HEOP, EOP, SEEK or College Discovery Opportunity Programs
  6. Apply online for Financial Aid through FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Be sure to follow the link to complete your TAP application as well.

What Do I Need to Apply?

  • All income documentation must be submitted:
    • Copies of recent tax returns
    • Letter from Public Assistance stating yearly benefits and names of those on the Public Assistance budget
    • Statements from Social Security stating yearly benefits for each member of the household receiving Social Security benefits. 
  • If no tax return was filed, a letter from the IRS stating “No Tax 
    Return was Filed” 
    must be presented. If unemployment benefits were received, a statement of total yearly benefits must be submitted. 
  • A high school transcript or a copy of GED scores must be forwarded to the HEOP office. 
  • Completed and signed FAFSA and TAP Application. 
  • A personal interview is required of all applicants.

Be sure to check the box that reads: 
Higher Education Opportunity Program at the top of your Application for Admission.

Economic Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, the applicant’s household income must fall within the ranges given in the following chart:

New York State Opportunity Programs
Income Eligibility Criteria
Persons in Family/Household 2016-2017
 1 $21,978
 2 $29,637
 3 $37,296
 4 $44,955
 5 $52,614
 6 $60,273
 7   $67,951*
Add $7,696 for each family member in excess of 7*
 Students who want to be considered for the Theatre Arts or Dance programs are encouraged to apply by December 15th. For more information about these majors or to schedule a mandatory audition refer to the Theatre and Dance page or contact Ashley Avola at aavola@mmm.edu with any questions.
The priority deadline to be considered for HEOP Interview Day is February 1st.
The final deadline is May 1st.

Is HEOP for You?
If so, please contact one of the following staff members immediately! 

Rebecca Mattis-Pinard
(212) 517-0592

Keith Windsor
(212) 517-0591

We look forward to hearing from you!