As the EOP/HEOP team is here to support you on your journey, students find that the benefits to them are very individualized, but here are some of the advantages they might experience:
- a group of peers with whom you can collaborate, grow, and learn from
- Access numerous opportunities, such as career resources, financial assistance, and professional staff advisors.
- Connect with an active, alumni network.
- Join a vibrant, committed learning community made up of our students, faculty, and staff as well as cooperating campus partners.
- Many of our students consider OADI and EOP|HEOP to be a place where they can be themselves and feel at home away from home. We want you to be you!.
What specific services are provided by EOP/HEOP?EOP/HEOP students will have an advisor assigned to them that will assist along their journey. As an EOP/HEOP student, your advisor will help to answer questions about your academics, financial aid, as well as ask you questions to help maintain your personal well-being and achieve your goals. This is a partnership between you and your advisor to meet regularly and discuss what is going on and how the two of you can work through the situation. To be clear, we are not here to solve problems for you or do your work, but we are here to help you find the answers and connect you with the appropriate resources available.
Supporting students academically can take many different forms and is centered on each student’s particular needs. EOP/HEOP students must first and foremost make use of the resources that are available to them as students, such as:
- participation in all available courses’ supplemental instruction provided by the Learning Strategies Center (LSC)
- using and going to study sessions and faculty and TA office hours
- Regular meetings and progress updates with college academic advisors.
- Regular scheduled meetings with your EOP/HEOP advisor.
Students may ask for additional tutoring support through their advisor if they need it for a specific course. According to us, academic assistance is a joint effort between the student and their advisor. We will support your academic goals with resources, but it is up to the student to evaluate their advisors and communicate with them.
What can I expect from having an EOP/HEOP advisor in addition to my college advisor? How are they different and do I have individual time with my advisor or is it all shared time?
Each semester, you must meet with both your college academic advisor and an EOP/HEOP advisor. These appointments are separate.
Throughout your college career, EOP/HEOP advisors will meet with you on a regular basis. Our efforts are concentrated on providing holistic advice in six different areas. We will focus on:
- Academic – expressing academic aspirations and goals and offering academic assistance
- Financial: Examining funding options, financial aid, and general guidance on financial literacy
- Reviewing career opportunities and goals, assisting with internship and externship opportunities, and supporting your professional and career development are all examples of professional work.
- Personal well-being includes working with you to critically reflect on and make sense of your experiences, assisting you in learning how to set priorities and maintain balance, and providing you with support and access to resources that are in line with your own physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
- Helping you find your way around campus and looking into opportunities to connect with others and develop a sense of belonging
- Encouragement for you to be an active and involved citizen, using your voice to speak up for your needs and the needs of the community, and creating a sense of your own agency are all examples of civic engagement.
Your EOP/HEOP advisor will be made aware of potential resources through each of these channels, and they will collaborate with you to help you achieve your objectives.
Your college academic advisor will help with course enrollment, drop/add of classes, registration, and more policies/procedures related to your academic progress, which is different from your EOP/HEOP advisor.
How would you describe the EOP/HEOP student community? How large is it and how close are the students?We believe our EOP/HEOP community is a family in which everyone can be their true authentic selves and build long lasting bonds with each other. We have approximately 210 students total each year with about 2000 graduates who have come before. We are strong as a community and provide opportunities for engagement and collaboration.
A wide variety of events are offered through EOP/HEOP. Typically, we offer the following events each year:
- To connect and exchange information, there will be two large group gatherings, one each semester (required).
- Every month, students gather for “family dinners” to share meals, celebrate, and build relationships. Students frequently plan and develop the menus as a way to share what’s important to them.
- Albany advocacy trips that aim to increase students’ civic participation, connection to their elected officials, and awareness of the effects of EOP/HEOP
- End of the Year Awards banquet. We commend, honor, and celebrate the admirable work that our students have done or have initiated.
- Alumni workshops that give current students the chance to speak with alumni to learn about their lives and career opportunities
Together, as a team, we also provide various workshops upon request or need, depending on the season and need.
Can I study abroad as an EOP/HEOP student?Yes, we strongly encourage students to take the opportunity to study abroad will support you in working with your college to plan when the best time to study abroad would be.
- Participate in the fall and spring semester meetings.
- Access appropriate tutoring and academic support resources.
- Regularly schedule appointments with your EOP/HEOP advisor: First-year students must do so six times per semester, sophomores four times per semester, juniors two times per semester, and seniors once per semester.
- Advocacy processes and community service or service-learning activities.
Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars Program (PSSP) Questions:
Very rarely would a student lose their EOP/HEOP status. However, the following situations could result in someone losing their status:
- false information was provided during the eligibility process.
- The student chooses to transfer to a school without EOP/HEOP/SEEK/CD.
- When a student decides to transfer, the college doesn’t have any openings in the program they want to enroll in.
- Unsuccessful completion of PSP.
There is no GPA requirement to remain a part of EOP/HEOP. All students must meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) to remain in good standing and enrolled at the University. Any EOP/HEOP student that takes a leave of absence, including an academic leave, will retain their EOP/HEOP status and must fulfill any requirements from their respective colleges to return to good standing.
Applying and the Admission Process Questions:
For the review process, applicants will need to complete a variety of forms and paperwork. These include:
- All standard admissions requirements (see prospective student application process).
- A copy of your TAP confirmation email and the EOP/HEOP Eligibility Questionnaires with the FAFSA SAR
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Collegeboard CSS Profile (Link sent after filing FAFSA).
- Income tax returns for the “prior prior” year (1040, including all pages submitted to the IRS), ink-signed copies (no electronic signatures).
- W2s from both custodial and non-custodial parents.
- Documentation of any other type of income, (i. e. , Social Security, Unemployment, Public Assistance).
Reminder for Independent Students: Depending on their situation, students who are wards of the court, orphans, or foster children must submit different documentation. To make sure you are submitting the correct paperwork, we strongly advise you to get in touch with the EOP/HEOP office and the Office of Financial Aid.
Can I apply early decision?Yes, we will process EOP/HEOP applicants during both early decision and regular decision. Details on the University application process can be found at
Students who are eligible for EOP/HEOP and whose financial aid applications have been submitted correctly and approved typically receive funding from the following sources:
- TAP Grant
- Federal PELL Grant
- EOP/HEOP Grant
- Cornell Grant
- Federal Work-study
- Any additional outside scholarships a student may receive
Does Cornell have work-study and how can I find a job?
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Is HEOP only for New York residents?
Eligibility Guidelines Must be a New York State permanent resident. Freshman students: Must be first-time college students. must possess a high school diploma, a GED, or a vocational diploma.
Does applying to EOP affect admission?
No. Because they are familiar with an academic support program, EOPS students have an advantage over other applicants, but this does not guarantee admission. Students who are members of EOPS are asked to indicate this on the Cal State Apply application; otherwise, they must follow the standard application procedures.
What is the difference between HEOP and EOP?
The Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP) is for endowed, or private, colleges and universities in New York State, whereas the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is for state-contract, public colleges. School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Does Cornell have an EOP program?
We provide both EOP and HEOP on campus because Cornell is unique in having both contract (public) colleges and endowed (private) colleges.