General Requirements

  • Must be a high school graduate or possess a state-approved equivalency diploma
  • Be a resident of New York State for at least one year prior to applying for HEOP
  • Meet BOTH the academic and financial guidelines defined below

Academic Eligibility

  • Applicants should demonstrate academic potential and motivation for success at the collegiate level
  • Consideration for acceptance will be based on your complete academic profile including high school grades and academic history that would indicate inadmissibility under Daemen College's regular admissions standards
  • Evaluation begins for applicants with a:
    • minimum High School Average/GPA of 74 

Financial Eligibility

  • Meet the economic criteria established by the New York State Education Department (see chart below) with appropriate documentation
  • Meet one of the following categories with the appropriate documentation:
    • The student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no financial assistance is provided by the natural parents
    • The student is a ward of the state or county

2021-2022 Opportunity Program Financial Guidelines

Please note that when completing the FAFSA, the 2020 household size shall be reported for 2021-2022.

Persons In Family/Household NYS Family/Household Income
1 $23,606
2 $31,894
3 $40,182
4 $48,470
5 $56,758
6 $65,046
7 $73,334
8 $81,622
9 or more add 8,288 for each additional person