How do I Apply?

[HEOP Application Process]

The Six Step HEOP Application Procedure for First Year Students

  • Step 1: Submit the following documents to the Admission Office by mid- February but no later than April 1st:
    • A completed application
    • Official high school transcript
    • SAT or ACT scores
    • Counselor and/or teacher letter of recommendation
    • Personal Statement
    • For pre-eligibility determination, fill out the HEOP EZ Pre-Eligibility Worksheet. Mail the worksheet to the address listed on the form, or fax the worksheet to the fax telephone number listed on the form.
  • Step 2: Application is reviewed by Admission and HEOP Eligible students' applications are forwarded to the HEOP office;
  • Step 3: HEOP Introduction letter and Pre-EZ Eligibility Form mailed to applicants;
  • Step 4: Applicant returns the completed EZ Eligibility Form to the HEOP office. HEOP staff confirms economic eligibility;
  • Step 5: Applicant is contacted and invited to attend the HEOP Interview, Tour, and Testing Day at the College.  Required financial documentation submitted to HEOP office at Interview.
  • Step 6: Application is reviewed by HEOP staff and student is notified of decision!

Economic Documentation

Where applicable, complete and mail signed photocopies of the following documents directly to the HEOP office. Remember, all yearly totals are based on your household's previous year's income.

Signed parents' W2s; Federal 1040, 1040A, or 4506 income tax forms; and State income tax forms.

  • Student's W2s and Federal and State income tax forms (signed).
  • Social Services verification for all recipients in the household (total yearly income information only).
  • Social Security Benefits Statements for all recipients (total yearly income information only).
  • Notarized Child Support Statements for all recipients (total yearly income information only).
  • Unemployment and/or Pension Summary for all recipients.
  • Foster care documentation, including total living expenses.
  • Other income-related documentation, if requested.

Transfer Students

To transfer to SCA through HEOP, students must currently be, or have previously been enrolled in an approved HEOP, EOP, SEEK, or College Discovery Program. Transfer admission for HEOP is on a space available basis.

Transfer Admissions Process

The following guidelines delineate the HEOP transfer admissions process:

  • Transfer students must be admitted to an SCA academic program prior to seeking admission to HEOP. Remember to check the HEOP box on the SCA application. It is important that our office have your current mailing address and daytime phone number.
  • Next, students should contact the HEOP Office for additional admission details. The HEOP Office handles this part of the admissions process directly since general admission to SCA does not ensure admission through HEOP.
  • Submit a photocopy of your free Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application form.
  • Once all the documentation has been received, HEOP will send a letter of confirmation.

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What you Need to Know about HEOP Interview and Testing Days

The day provides those students who are interested in The HEOP Program at the College to have the opportunity to visit the campus and meet the team.

Who? - All students who are applying to Sage College of Albany through the HEOP Program must attend an Interview and Testing Day.

What's it all about? - Once HEOP staff have reviewed a student for academic and financial eligibility a student is scheduled to visit the campus for the HEOP Interview and Testing Day.  The interview seeks to identify motivation and determination for future success at Sage College of Albany.  In many ways, college is about persistence.  The testing helps determine college preparedness in ways standardized testing may miss.

What do I need to bring with me? - You may bring your parent(s) or guardian(s). You must bring any economic documentation to complete your application file.

When? - HEOP Interview and Testing Days begin at 10:00am and usually are complete by 5:00pm.

Where? - We start our day on campus at the HEOP Office located on the 3rd of the Library.

Why is my attendance important? - The informational session will provide valuable information to help you with your final college decision.  The interview and testing is the last step in your admission process into Sage College of Albany.

Lunch? - Lunch is provided for students to sample some of the delicious food offered on campus.

Travel? - Students must make their own arrangements for transportation to and from the College, although staff is always available to provide information. For details, see below.

Directions and Travel

Students must make their own arrangements for transportation to and from the College, although staff is always available to provide information.

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Taking the Bus

GREYHOUND - A bus leaves Port Authority at 7:00 am and arrives in downtown Albany at 10:00 am. If you should choose to take the bus, we can pick you up at the bus station in Albany and return you to the bus station in Albany at the end of the day. Please verify all scheduling with Greyhound beforehand and make sure you arrive early for your appointment.

MEGABUS -  A bus leaves from New York City (West Side of 9th Ave between 31st St and 33rd St.) at 7:00am and arrives in downtown Albany at 9:45am.  If you should choose to take the bus, we can pick you up at the bus station in Albany and return you to the bus station in Albany at the end of the day. Please verify all scheduling with Megabus.com beforehand and make sure you arrive early for your appointment.

Taking the Train

Amtrak service runs to Albany/Rensselaer station.  If you should choose to take the train, we can pick you up at the Albany/Rensselaer station and return you to the train station at the end of the day.  Please verify all scheduling with Amtrak beforehand to make sure you arrive early for your appointment.