Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Academic profile, including high school grades, SAT/ACT, and academic history does not meet admissibility under Daemen College's regular admissions standards. The HEOP staff will evaluate applicants with a minimum HSA/GPA of 74 and/or a minimum SAT score of 740. 
  • Have the potential and motivation for successful completion of college.

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.

2019-2020 Opportunity Program Financial Guidelines

Persons In Family Income Guidelines
1 22,459
2 30,451
3 38,443
4 46,435
5 54,427
6 62,419
7 70,411
8 or more add 7,992 for each additional person



Submission of ALL of the following materials:

> SIGNED copy of Federal IRS Form 1040W-2 Form(s), 4506TSocial Security DocumentationSocial Services DocumentationUnemployment Compensation, Disability Payments, Child Support Documentation, Alimony, Other forms of income 

  • Signed copy of the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)Please add Daemen College School Code: 002808
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (Teachers, Guidance Counselors, Employers, etc.)
  • High School Transcript
  • SAT/ACT Scores
  • Personal Essay - respond to ONE of the following prompts:

> Pick an experience from your own life and explain how it has influenced your development.

> What do you see as the greatest threat to America today?

> What advise would you offer a student just beginning their high school career?

> What do you consider to be the best advice you ever received?

> Who gave you that advice and did/do you follow that advice or not?

Students applying for HEOP cannot apply "test optional" and MUST include their SAT scores.

Please submit all materials to:

Daemen College
Arthur O. Eve HEOP Office
4380 Main Street
Amherst, NY 14226​

Email: heop@daemen.edu
Fax:    716-566-7839 

If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program at (716) 839-8249.

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