The HEOP guidelines, developed by the State Department of Education are as follows:
- You must be a high school graduate or possess a state-approved equivalency diploma or its equivalent.
- You must be a resident of New York State for at least one year prior to enrollment in HEOP.
- You must meet both academic and economic guidelines as defined in the following sections.
- Student academic profile, including high school grades, and academic history would indicate that he/she would be non-admissible under St. Lawrence University's regular admissions standards.
- Student demonstrates potential for successful completion of the Undergraduate program for which he/she is applying.
- To be considered, the applicant must meet the economic criteria established by the New York State Education Department. All income must be verified by appropriate documentation.
- Reference to the economic guidelines need not be made if the applicant falls into one of the following categories, and documentation is available: a. the student or his/her family is a recipient of payment through a New York State County Department of Social Services; b. the student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no financial assistance is provided by the natural parents; c. the student is a ward of the state or county.
2023-2024 Opportunity Program Guidelines*
# in household 2023 Program Opportunity Guidelines (185% o FPG)
1 $ 25,142
2 $ 33,874
3 $ 42,606
4 $ 51,338
5 $ 60,070
6 $ 68,802
7 $ 77,534
8 $ 86,266
*For families/households with 8+ people $8,732 was added to the amount for each additional person.
If a high school counselor/college advisor, or parent/guardian has any additional questions regarding financial eligibility, please reach out directly to the St. Lawrence University HEOP Director: Bill Short at firstname.lastname@example.org
As stated above, all income must be verified by appropriate documentation. Documentation needed varies with students, but a full federal verification for financial aid will be required.
What is federal verification for financial aid?
Federal verification is a process that requires institutions to verify the accuracy of the information provided on a student's FAFSA in an effort to ensure federal aid is distributed to those who are eligible.