Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

HEOP at Manhattan College works with students that demonstrate potential for academic success, but come from academically underprepared backgrounds, and have a demonstrated financial need (as set by New York State). With the extra academic services (such as tutoring) and the supplementary financial assistance, students have the opportunity to reach their full potential within their chosen degrees.

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  • Must be a New York State Resident
  • Possess a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or their equivalent.
  • Student is inadmissible through regular admissions.
  • Economically disadvantaged (See below for specific criteria).
Economic Eligibility Guidelines (Academic Year 2019-2020)

Household size (including head of household) Total Annual Income in 2017
1 $22,459
2 $30,451
3 $38,443
4 $46,435
5 $54,427
6 $62,419
7 $70,411
  • Services Provided
    • Pre-Freshman Summer Program
    • Winter break review sessions
    • Intense tutorial services dedicated specifically to students in the program
    • Mentoring can help underclassmen acclimate to college life with the guidance of upperclassmen, who have been through similar experiences


    Advisement services are provided by the HEOP team on an individual or group basis to assist with any problems that may interfere with a student’s academic work. Students will receive the following forms of advisement:
    • Academic: The HEOP advisor will assist in selecting academic major and courses. Students are given the option of taking a reduced course load during their first semester. HEOP students have the option to spread classes out where needed.
    • Personal: Adjustment to college life often presents many new problems for HEOP students. Advisement and mentoring helps students develop their self-confidence, identity and a positive attitude about learning.
    • Career: Students are often undecided about what to do after graduation. The HEOP team along with the Center for Career Development will assist in making career choices.