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 verify 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 the natural parents provide no financial assistance
    • The student is a ward of the state or county

2024-2025 Opportunity Program Financial Guidelines

Persons In Family/Household NYS Family/Household Income
1 $26,973
2 $36,482
3 $45,991
4 $55,500
5 $65,009
6 $74,518
7 $84,027
8 $93,536
9 or more add 9,509 for each additional person