The AOP/HEOP programs at Union serve talented students who might otherwise not attend college. These programs are designed to assist students in fulfilling their dreams of gaining a successful college experience by providing individualized academic, personal and financial support.
When applying to Union's AOP/HEOP programs, prospective students must complete Union College's admissions process.
HEOP applicants must:
- Reside in New York state
- Possess a New York high school diploma or its equivalent
- Meet New York State Education Department's economic eligibility criteria
In order to be eligible for AOP, applicants must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Demonstrate a need for additional academic and/or financial support
- Students do not need to mark AOP or HEOP interest on their application
AOP/HEOP Economic Eligibility
Use the following chart to determine financial eligibility for AOP/HEOP students first entering college on or after July 1, 2015.
|Number in Household||2014-2015 HEOP Income Eligibility Criteria||2015 Opportunity Program Guidelines|
|For each additional person, add||$4,160||$7,696|
The income guidelines noted above do not apply if a student falls into one of the following categories:
- The student or the student's family is the recipient of Aid to Dependent Children (ADC), Home Relief, or Family Day Care payments through a New York state or a county department of Social Services;
- The student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no monies are provided from the natural parents; or
- The student is a ward of the State of New York or a county in New York state.
What We Look For
Qualified candidates for Union's AOP/HEOP programs generally do not meet the College’s standard admission profile, but demonstrate the potential to succeed within this program. Acceptance into these programs is based on an in-depth review of high school records, standardized testing and personal attributes such as maturation, interest and determination.