St. Bonaventure University

PLEASE NOTE: St. Bonaventure University will not be recruiting any new HEOP students for the 2024/25 academic year. Any admissions queries can be directed to Any HEOP students seeking readmission to St. Bonaventure will still be considered. 

Higher Education Opportunity Program

St. Bonaventure University’s Arthur O. Eve HEOP Program (HEOP) is a comprehensive program, jointly sponsored with the state of New York, to assist in providing access for all New Yorkers to the state’s private colleges and universities.

This program is designed for students who have the potential and interest in furthering their education but due to certain life circumstances, financial and educational, higher education may not have initially been an option.

Our HEOP staff works to make sure that each student’s individual needs — academic, personal and financial — are met through counseling, tutoring and a comprehensive financial aid package.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a resident of New York state for at least one year prior to enrollment in HEOP.
  • Must be a high school graduate or have passed a New York State General Educational Development (GED) test.
  • Meet academic and economic guidelines.

Academic Guidelines

A student's academic profile, including high school grades, college board scores and academic history should indicate that he/she would not be admissible under St. Bonaventure University's regular admissions standards, but demonstrate the student's potential for success at the university level.

Economic Guidelines

A student must meet the Financial Guidelines established by the New York State Education Department, with appropriate support documentation.

Financial requirements for first-time students

Economic guidelines can be reviewed by downloading our 2024-2025 HEOP Financial Eligibility Guidelines

The economic guidelines mandated by the State Education Department of New York are set up according to the number of people in the household. Adjustments are made for families with two workers, one-parent families, and families with unusual and extenuating circumstances. Students must be New York state residents and meet other eligibility guidelines. Please contact the HEOP office at 1-800-462-5050 or for further information.

Students and families must be able to provide extensive documentation of their income including, but not limited to, copies of: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); parents’ and student's 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ, and W-2 forms; Social Services Documentation; Social Security form 1099; and verification of child support. All must be signed by appropriate persons and include the total amount of income received in the prior-prior year. 

The State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, services and activities.


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