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New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program

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The Clarkson University New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), is funded jointly by the University and a HEOP grant through the New York State Education Department.  Clarkson HEOP offers college access and a comprehensive academic support system to assist in student academic success.  Programming provides a broad range of services to students who, because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a postsecondary educational institution.

Clarkson HEOP students have access to a significant student-centered support system, including the Summer PRE-freshman Experience (SPREE), and academic-year guidance and support.

SPREE

  • SPREE consists of a four-week summer program to assist students with the transition to post-secondary education on a residential campus at no cost -tuition, housing and meals are included.
  • Students may earn up to eight college credits through courses such as Pre-Calculus, Fundamentals of Business, Perspectives in Science and Technology, and Physics.
  • Students also attend field trips, activities, community events, and orient themselves to campus as part of acclimation to the Clarkson experience.

Academic-Year Guidance & Support
While at Clarkson, each student receives tutoring services, as needed, and access to a HEOP staff member who provides academic guidance, career counseling, and personal and social support.

HEOP Eligibility

The HEOP guidelines, developed by the State Department of Education are as follows:

General Requirements:

  • Be a New York State resident for one year prior to entry into HEOP
  • Have attained a high school diploma, or the equivalent of a State Equivalency Diploma
  • Demonstrated high potential and motivation for attaining a college education.
  • Be considered economically and academically disadvantaged as indicated in the following sections.

Academic Requirements:

  • Student academic profile, that includes high school grades, SAT scores and academic history that would be considered non-admissible through Clarkson’s regular admissions standards.
  • Student demonstrates high potential, promise and motivation for attaining a college education.

Economic Requirements:

  • To be considered, the applicant must meet the income eligibility criteria as required by New York State.
  • The up-to-date Income Eligibility Criteria link can be found here: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/colldev/HEOP/documents/EligibilityRequirements2010-11_2012-13v2.pdf
  • Reference to the economic guidelines need not be made if the applicant falls into one of the following categories, and documentation is sent forth: a) the student or his/her family is a recipient of payment through a New York State County Department of Social Services; b) the student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no financial assistance is provided by the natural parents; c) the student is a ward of the state or county.

How to Apply:

  • Complete either a Common Application AND Clarkson Common Application Supplement OR  the Clarkson University Unconventional Application online and be sure to check the HEOP candidate box.
  • Applications are available through your high school counseling or college offices  or at: www.clarkson.edu/admissions/undergrad_admissions/apply
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at:  www.fafsa.ed.gov

Location:
341 Science Center
PO Box 5513
Potsdam, NY 13699-5513

Phone: 315-268-7974
Office Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

HEOP Staff:

Tammy McGregor-Twiss
Director
Phone: 315-268-7974
E-mail: tmcgrego@clarkson.edu

Kismet Hampton
Assistant Director
Phone: 315-268-7974
E-mail: khampton@clarkson.edu

Kathleen Griffith
Departmental Secretary
Phone: 315-268-7974
E-mail: kgriffit@clarkson.edu

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