General Requirements

  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a state-approved equivalency diploma
  • Be a resident of New York State for at least one year prior to applying for HEOP
  • Meet BOTH the academic and financial guidelines defined below

Academic Eligibility

First Time college students:

  • Applicants should demonstrate academic potential and motivation for success at the collegiate level
  • Consideration for acceptance will be based on your complete academic profile including high school grades and academic history that would indicate inadmissibility under Daemen University's traditional admissions standards
  • Evaluation begins for applicants with a:
    • minimum High School Average/GPA of 74 

Transfer students:

  • Must have prior participation in a HEOP, EOP, SEEK, or College Discovery program at your previous college/university
  • Must provide verification of your HEOP, EOP, SEEK, or College Discovery status 

Financial Eligibility

  • Meet the economic criteria established by the New York State Education Department (see chart below) with appropriate documentation
  • Meet one of the following categories with the appropriate documentation:
    • The student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no financial assistance is provided by the natural parents
    • The student is a ward of the state or county

2023-2024 Opportunity Program Financial Guidelines

Persons In Family/Household NYS Family/Household Income
1 $25,142
2 $33,874
3 $42,606
4 $51,338
5 $60,070
6 $68,802
7 $77,534
8 $86,266
9 or more add 8,732 for each additional person