History + Description of HEOP

HEOP at Russell Sage College began in 1970 when the Governor and the Legislature of the State of New York approved a bill to provide equal access to higher education for the "educationally and economically disadvantaged" students in the state.

The State Education Department (SED) recognized that disadvantaged students have special needs even when potential for college success has been demonstrated.

Therefore, the SED funded and structured HEOP to provide screening, testing, counseling, tutoring, supportive instructional programs and financial assistance to ensure student success.