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How can I be considered for EOP/HEOP?
What is the difference between EOP and HEOP?
As a student who identifies as a minority, do I automatically qualify for EOP/HEOP admission?
How is it that my sibling qualified for EOP/HEOP but I didn't, even though our household size and income is the same?
Why didn't I receive any financial support from EOP/HEOP when I was accepted into the Cornell major of my choice, and transferred out of my other college?
I didn't know about EOP/HEOP when I first started college, and I think I was eligible. Can I apply now?
Now that I am an admitted EOP/HEOP student, will I (or my family) have to provide any money in order to attend Cornell?
What does a typical EOP/HEOP freshman financial aid award package look like?
What type of paperwork do I need to submit as part of the EOP/HEOP application review?
Can I apply early decision?


How can I be considered for EOP/HEOP?
To be considered for EOP/HEOP, you will need to complete the standard admissions process.  Please complete the Common Application and the Cornell Supplement.  In addition, also submit a EOP/HEOP Prospective Student Interest form and questionnaire.  

What is the difference between EOP and HEOP?
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is for state-contract colleges, which at Cornell would be the College of Agriculture and Life SciencesCollege of Human Ecology, and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations
The Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP) is for endowed, or private, colleges and universities in New York State. At Cornell, these would be the College of Art, Architecture, and PlanningCollege of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Hotel Administration.

As a student who identifies as a minority, do I automatically qualify for EOP/HEOP admission?
No. EOP/HEOP is not what's known as a "minority access program;" rather, it was established in 1968/1969 to provide access, but principally academic support, for any qualifying New York State student, i.e. one who meets both academic and economic eligibility standards.

How is it that my sibling qualified for EOP/HEOP but I didn't, even though our household size and income is the same?
EOP/HEOP students must qualify, not only economically, but also academically. The guidelines for EOP/HEOP admission at Cornell vary from college to college but are all based on EOP/HEOP students being inadmissible under Cornell's regular academic admission guidelines.

Why didn't I receive any financial support from EOP/HEOP when I was accepted into the Cornell major of my choice, and transferred out of my other college?
EOP/HEOP acceptance depends upon the availability of both space and funds. You must check with the EOP/HEOP office prior to entry to find out if transfer students are being accepted for the quarter you plan to enter Cornell.

I didn't know about EOP/HEOP when I first started college, and I think I was eligible. Can I apply now?
No. Unfortunately, there are cases where eligible students were not aware of programs such as EOP/HEOP or who did not realize that EOP/HEOP is designed for first time college students who have not taken college courses for credit after graduation from high school. If you have already earned college credits, you are not eligible to receive EOP/HEOP support services.

Now that I am an admitted EOP/HEOP student, will I (or my family) have to provide any money in order to attend Cornell?
Yes. A personal, financial contribution is expected from each EOP/HEOP student. The amount is determined in Cornell's Financial Aid Office by evaluating several factors including the household's previous year gross income, the number of students in the household attending college, participation in the college work study program, the student's ability to earn money during the summer, and other factors related to the household's financial resources. Only half of the total personal contribution is due at the beginning of each of the two regular semesters.

What does a typical EOP/HEOP freshman financial aid award package look like?
Eligible EOP/HEOP students whose financial aid forms have been properly filed and approved generally receive monies from the following sources:

  • TAP Grant
  • Federal PELL Grant
  • EOP/HEOP Grant
  • Cornell Grant
  • Federal Workstudy
  • Any additional outside scholarships a student may receive

What type of paperwork do I need to submit as part of the EOP/HEOP application review?
Applicants must fill out the questionnaires (available here), and submit signed copies of income taxes for "prior prior" year (Form 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ including all pages submitted to the IRS) and W2s from both the custodial and non-custodial parents. Documentation of any other type of income, (ie Social Security, Unemployment, Public Assistance), must be submitted as well. Click here for our Financial Documentation Review Checklist.  All of these documents are submitted through the IDOC process as outline on Cornell's Financial Aid website.

Can I apply early decision?
Early Decision is an option students have when applying to Cornell University.  However, the EOP/HEOP admission process is ONLY conducted during the regular admissions process.  If you are interested in applying to the University as an EOP/HEOP student, you should apply through the regular admissions cycle.  Details on the University application process can be found at http://admissions.cornell.edu/prospective-students.