The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Program (HEOP) is an academic support services program that provides access to a valuable college education. 

Eligibility is based on both academic and economic criteria.

HEOP and its activities are supported, in whole or in part, by the New York State Education Department.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Resident of New York state
  • High school graduate or possess an approved equivalency diploma (GED)
  • Academically disadvantaged with the potential and motivation for successful completion of a college degree
  • Willingness to utilize the services of the program
  • Economically disadvantaged with family income meeting the financial guidelines set by the NYS Education Department for the calendar year of the first entry into college (click link above).

Transfer students may also be eligible if documentation is provided to verify previous enrollment in a comparable New York State Opportunity Program (i.e. HEOP, EOP, SEEK, College Discovery Programs). HEOP transfer admission is dependent on space availability in the program.

All admission decisions are made by the HEOP Department, the Admission’s Committee and the Financial Aid Committee in accordance with state guidelines.

Benefits of HEOP

  • Close supportive working relationships to help you achieve your goals
  • Generous financial aid package typically covering all costs of attendance.
  • Opportunities for semester-long and short-term study abroad programs
  • Networking opportunities with successful HEOP alumni

Siena HEOP students receive support services to enhance their academic success including:

Summer Program

The Summer Program is a time to develop your skills and make new friends. 

All new HEOP freshmen are required to attend the summer program, which runs from early July through the first week of August. The summer program prepares you academically, socially, and emotionally for College.


Counseling services include academic guidance, personal concerns, and career planning to make the most out of your Siena College experience.

Peer Mentoring Program

The HEOP Peer Mentoring Program is a vital support system in your transition to college.

All freshmen and first semester transfer students are assigned to a successful HEOP upperclassman to help with their transition to Siena College.

Academic Tutoring

HEOP provides personalized academic tutoring to enhance individual student success. Professional writing tutors and peer tutors work closely with students to help each student reach their goals.

HEOP Alumni Networking Events

Students have the opportunity to meet and network with many successful Siena College HEOP alumni every year. Students gain valuable insight regarding graduate school, career options, and professional experiences after college.