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 HEOP students first entering college on or after July 1, 2014.

Number in Household2014-2015 HEOP Income Eligibility Criteria
1 $21,590
2 $29,101
3 $36,612
4 $44,123
5 $51,634
6 $59,145
7 $66,656
8 $74,167



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.