HEOP students jumping for joy

Cazenovia College participates in the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).  This program is designed to assist students who are economically disadvantaged and have experienced academic difficulties in their pursuit of a college education.  Approximately 15 students who have demonstrated the potential for college success are chosen each year for this program.  

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Resident of New York State for one year prior to the first term for which aid is sought
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED by the start of Summer College
  • Meet income guidelines
HEOP Income Guidelines for Students Entering College on or after July 1, 2020
Number in Household
(incl. Head of House)
2021-2022 Total Annual Income
based on 2019 tax year
1 $23,606 or less
2 $31,894 or less
3 $40,182 or less
4 $48,470 or less
5 $56,758 or less
6 $65,046 or less
7 $73,334 or less
8 or more $81,622 (or less);
plus $8,288 for each family number in excess of 8
Benefits and Services: 
  • Financial:  HEOP provides students with funds to meet the cost of education, such as tuition, room and board, and textbooks. Students are also eligible for other state, federal, and institutional financial aid assistance.
  • Academic: Professional and peer tutoring; academic, personal, and career counseling; personal development workshops and group activities.
How to Apply:
  • Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for HEOP must complete the Common Application and be accepted into Cazenovia College.
  • Copies of your current Federal and New York State tax returns, and/or any other current year income documentation (Social Security, Social Services Benefits, etc.), should be mailed to: Office of Admissions, Cazenovia College, Constable Hall, 3 Sullivan Street, Cazenovia, NY 13035
  • Each student who is accepted into HEOP and chooses to attend Cazenovia College must sign and return the Registration/Housing Agreement along with a $100 deposit (replaces the $200 deposit required of other students) to the Office of Admission & Financial Aid.
  • HEOP students are required to attend a 5-week Pre-Freshman Summer College Program
Sheila Marsh

Director, HEOP
E-mail: smarsh@cazenovia.edu

Patrick Camilien
Assistant Director/Academic Coach, HEOP
E-mail: pcamilien@cazenovia.edu

HEOP and its activities are supported, in whole or in part, by the New York State Education Department.