General Requirements

  • Be a New York State resident for at least one year prior to enrollment in HEOP
  • Be a high school graduate, have a New York Equivalency diploma (GED) or its equivalent
  • Meet both academic and financial guidelines defined below
  • If transferring, be previously enrolled in an approved opportunity program

Academic Requirements

  • Demonstrate the necessary motivation and potential to successfully complete the program to which you have applied.
  • Have an academic profile that indicates you would be non-admissible under Paul Smith's College's regular admissions standards. This includes: high school GPA, SAT/ACT scores and academic history.

Economic Requirements

  • Meet the financial guidelines as established by the New York State Education Department. For students entering Paul Smith's in 2013:


Members of Household     Maximum 2012 Income
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879

Add $7,437 for each family member in excess of 7.

  • Applicants automatically meet financial requirements if one of the following applies during the year used to determine eligibility: Their household receives public assistance, or they are living with foster parents who provide no support for college and no money is provided by the biological parents.
  • Students and families must provide extensive documentation of income. This may include, but is not limited to: Federal Tax returns, W-2 form, Social Security form 1099, child support verification, and public assistance documents. 

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Paul Smiths, NY 12970

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