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HEOP applicants must be a resident of New York State and a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident.

HEOP Academic Eligibility

First-Year Applicants

Students applying for HEOP, must not be admissible according to the college’s traditional criteria but show great academic potential.  Pratt Admissions review candidates HEOP eligibility based on high school average, portfolio review, and SAT scores (if available). HEOP follows the Institutes’ Test-Optional policy and do not require SAT/ACT score for consideration. Students who have taken a test or tests are highly encouraged to submit SAT score results.

Transfer Applicants

Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for consideration. Verification of enrollment in an opportunity program (EOP, HEOP, SEEK, CD) is required for transfer eligibility. The HEOP transfer verification form must be completed by the previous institution(s) in which the student was enrolled for proof of enrollment in an opportunity program.

HEOP Economic Eligibility

The table below lists financial eligibility requirements for HEOP admission during the 2024-2025 academic year. To be considered economically disadvantaged, a student’s family income must either not exceed the amount for its family size or must conform to one of these exceptions:

  1. The student’s family is the recipient of Family Assistance or Safety Net payments through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; or through the Department of Social Services; or Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance; 
  2. The student is in foster care as established by the court;
  3. The student is a ward of the state or county.

Tax year 2022 will be used for eligibility. 

HEOP Income Guidelines

Household SizeIncome (185% of FPG)*

For families/households with 8+ people $9509 was added to the amount for each additional person

* 2024 HEOP Guidelines are determined based on 2022 household income (prior-prior) and 2023 HHS/NPG

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