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 and academic history.

Economic Requirements

  • Meet the financial guidelines as established by the New York State Education Department. Maximum income guidelines are published every January.
  • The income guidelines for students entering Paul Smith’s College after July 1, 2019 are listed below.

Select the number of household members to view the household’s Maximum 2017 Income:

+$7,992 for each family member in excess of 8 persons

  • 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
    • Public assistance documents




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Meet the Team


Kate Mullen


My role is to maintain and administer the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program grant from New York State. This includes periodic reporting on the program's activities and effectiveness. I am also the academic advisor for juniors and seniors in HEOP.


(518) 327-6482

Pickett Hall 203B


Amanda Leah Sorrell

Assistant Director/Counselor

Hi! I assist with recruiting students into our amazing Higher Education Opportunity (HEOP) Program; this includes visiting various high school around New York State as well as contacting students who are interested in our program. I am also the academic advisors for our first year and sophomore students. I absolutely love my job. The HEOP program is one big family. Please contact me with any questions.


(518) 327-6481

Pickett Hall 203A