HEOP FAQs

Q: How do I apply to HEOP?
A: The following academic and economic information should be submitted at least by mid-February but no later than April 1.

  • A completed SCA application packet, which includes official transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, counselor and/or teacher recommendation and personal statement. You can apply online. For information regarding an application fee waiver, please contact the Office of Admission.
  • 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.

Q: How is eligibility determined?
A: A prospective student is eligible for HEOP after being ineligible for traditional admission as determined by the college.  All applications must originate in Admissions.  Students must meet both Academic and Financial guidelines to be eligible for HEOP

Q: As a student of ethnic descent, do I automatically qualify for HEOP admission?
A: No. HEOP is not what’s known as a "minority access program;" rather, it was established in 1969 by the State Education Department to provide access, but principally academic support, for any qualifying New York State student—that is, one who meets both academic and economic eligibility standards.

Q: How is it that my brother (sister) qualified for HEOP support but I don’t, even though our household size and income have remained constant?
A: Again, remember that HEOP students must qualify, not only economically but also academically. HEOP students are inadmissible under Sage College of Albany’s regular academic admission guidelines. Additionally, a student’s family finances may have improved since your sibling’s admission to HEOP.

Q: Do I still have to fill out the FAFSA form for financial aid?
A: YES, “The online FAFSA is the gateway to ALL financial aid.”  NO FAFSA…NO TAP applications… no aid.

Q: Why didn’t I receive any financial support from HEOP when I transferred from my other college and was accepted?
A: HEOP acceptance is not automatic. HEOP admissions depends upon the availability of both space and funds. You must check with the HEOP office prior to entry to find out if transfer students are being accepted for the semester you plan to enter Sage.

Q: What is the next step after eligibility is determined?
A: 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. (Point: Transportation cost to the campus is the responsibility of the student.)

Q: Why is the interview and diagnostic test necessary?
A: 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.

Q: What happens if I don’t do well during the interview or on the diagnostic test?
A: If a student does not perform well and is denied acceptance.  HEOP returns the HEOP Eligibility form back to Admission as a non-accept.

Q: What happens after the interview and testing and when all forms are submitted?
A: HEOP staff reviews all documents and meets with Financial Aid staff to review financial documentation.  Student Services signs off on the HEOP Eligibility form.  This form is returned to Admission for an additional sign-off.  HEOP provides the last sign-off.  A copy of the form is left with Admissions.  If HEOP Staff sign-off on the student application, Admissions prepares a letter of acceptance and HEOP notifies the student of the final decision by telephone.

Q: Now that I am an admitted HEOP student, will I (or my family) have to provide any money in order to attend Sage College of Albany?
A: YES. There is a personal contribution expected of each HEOP student. The amount is determined by the college’s Financial Aid Office by evaluating several factors, including the household’s previous year's gross income, the number of students attending college, participation in the college work study program, the student’s ability to earn money during the summer, and other factors related to the household’s financial resources. This amount is usually related to the loan amount taken by the student. Finally, there are needs (additional books, supplies, and travel expenses) that arise during a semester that HEOP and Financial Aid may not be able to cover and a student will need their family to cover these needs.

Q: Do I have to attend the summer program?
A: YES. All HEOP students must attend the summer enrichment program prior to their first semester at Sage College of Albany.

Q: How long is the summer program and what are the dates?
A: The Summer Program is 4 weeks in duration. (July 7th - August 2nd) Students must live in the residence halls for the duration of the program.  Students are required to cover their own transportation to the college.

Q: I didn’t know about HEOP when I first started college and I think I was eligible. Can I apply now?
A: No. If you are already in a matriculated college program and receiving financial aid, you are not eligible to receive HEOP support services.

Q: I would like to graduate early; will HEOP help me pay for summer school?
A: Prospective graduates may qualify at the discretion of the Director.

Q. Is there an age requirement for HEOP?
A. No, HEOP does not have any age requirements.

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