AOP/HEOP

Admissions FAQs

  • What are the eligibility requirements for the AOP and HEOP Programs?

    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:

    • Generally will be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Must demonstrate a need for additional academic and/or financial support

    AOP/HEOP economic eligibility

    Use the following chart to determine financial eligibility for AOP/HEOP students first entering college on or after July 1, 2018.

    Number in Household 2019-2020 HEOP Income Eligibility Criteria
    1 $22,459
    2 $30,451
    3 $38,443
    4 $46,435
    5 $54,427
    6 $62,419
    7 $70,411
    8 $78,403
    For each additional family member, add $7,992

    Exceptions

    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 funds are provided from the natural parents.
    • 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 the college. Acceptance into these programs is based on an in-depth review of high school records, available standardized testing, and personal attributes such as maturity, interest and determination.

  • Which documents help determine my HEOP eligibility?
    • CSS Profile
    • FAFSA
    • High School Transcript
    • Senior year grades
  • As an AOP/HEOP student am I eligible for federal work-study?

    Yes.  All AOP/HEOP students receive work-study jobs.  Students can even request to have their work-study position be in the form of community service with a local organization in Schenectady!

  • How do I know if Union is right for me?

    We encourage all prospective students to research their top choice schools before starting the application process. Take advantage of opportunities to connect with Union by searching for your home state and local high schools. Also, visit our campus! It is important to visit different schools in order to determine how you feel about their location. A tour with our Admissions tour guides can help you connect with the student body and explore the campus. 

  • How much does an application to Union cost?

    There is a $60 application fee for domestic students. Fee waivers are available to eligible students and can be requested as you fill out the application. Your school counselor will be asked to complete the fee waiver request.  

  • Can I apply for an AOP or HEOP scholarship at Union College?

    There is no additional application for AOP/HEOP scholarships at Union College. All applications are screened for AOP/HEOP eligibility, and all students submit an application through Early Decision I or II or Regular Decision by the appropriate deadline. Eligibility for AOP/HEOP is determined by the strength of a student’s academic standing and financial need.

  • What can I do to strengthen my application?

    Take note of all our application deadlines and read more about “What we look for.” Recommendations and senior year grades are carefully reviewed along with formal transcripts. Also, it is very important to submit all financial documents as quickly as possible to determine your financial need. Without those forms, it is more difficult to determine eligibility for programs like AOP/HEOP.

  • Here are the demographics for the AOP/HEOP Class 2023:
    • 29 students enrolled
    • 45% are AOP
    • 55% are HEOP
    • 31% identify as men
    • 69% identify as women
    • 96% identify as students of color
    • 72% identify as first-generation college students
    • 51% applied early decision
  • Why should I interview with Union College?

    Contact with our college admissions team and the AOP/HEOP office is strongly recommended. Students should show a demonstrated interest in their top choices. Here are some interview tips directly from our Admissions office to help you prepare for a good interview! Demonstrated interest will enhance your application.

  • What is the average testing scores for students applying to AOP/HEOP?

    The average AOP/HEOP applicant at Union College has a 25 – 30 ACT score. The average combined SAT score is no less than 1150.