Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), created by the Legislature in 1969, is a partnership between the state and independent colleges and universities that provide higher education opportunities to disadvantaged New York students. HEOP provides opportunity to students who show promise, but, because of academic and economic circumstances, would not otherwise be able to attend a postsecondary institution. After being accepted to the program, HEOP students participate in an intensive residential program in the summer before their freshman year where they earn college credit and prepare for a successful transition to college. While in college, HEOP students receive a broad range of academic and counseling services that support them throughout their studies and help ensure that they complete their degree.

For more information click here. For a map of all 2014-19 HEOP institutions in New York State compiled by the New York State Education Department, click here.


  • There are currently 51 HEOP programs at 46 CICU colleges and universities.
  • HEOP students graduate at rates above the national average for all students (59% vs. 52.5%)—this is even more impressive considering that, without HEOP, these students would not have been admitted to the institution from which they graduated.
  • Though institutions are only required to match each state dollar with $0.15, institutions on average contribute $5.00 for every state dollar.
  • HEOP brings the promise of a college education to almost 5,000 students every year and boasts over 36,000 alumni.
  • 89 percent of entering freshman come from families with household incomes below $32,000.
  • Two-thirds (66%) of HEOP students are Black or Hispanic.


2017-18: $35.53 million 

2016-17: $35.53 million

2015-16: $29.61 million

2014-15: $25.75 million