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Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

Contracts for Services to New York Nonprofit and For-Profit IHEs
to Assist Economically and Educationally Disadvantaged Students

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New York State Education Department (NYSED)

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04/26/19 Postmarked


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Contracts for services to New York nonprofit and for-profit IHEs to enable disadvantaged students to achieve higher levels of educational success. Funding is intended to provide educationally and economically disadvantaged students with comprehensive support services and financial assistance in order to successfully graduate from a higher education program.

The primary objective of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is to provide a broad range of services to New York State residents who, because of educational and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend a postsecondary educational institution. Each HEOP institution must ensure that HEOP students are provided with sufficient academic support services, tuition assistance, supplemental financial assistance, and full need packaging to enable them to successfully complete the institutional components required for graduation.

This program, as amended, is designed to support the screening, testing, counseling, tutoring, teaching, and partial financial assistance of New York State residents who:
1. Are graduates of an approved high school or have obtained a high school equivalency diploma or its equivalent;
2. Have potential for the successful completion of a higher education program; and
3. Are economically and educationally disadvantaged.

Program Objectives
1. Provide access to postsecondary education to eligible students.
2. Identify, evaluate, and recruit eligible students and enable them to complete a higher education experience.
3. Improve the retention and graduation rates of disadvantaged students.

For full student eligibility requirements:

Allowable expenditures:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185612

Estimated Size of Grant:

HEOP awards will be a maximum of $7,000 per FTE ($7,500 in the NY City region) with a maximum 650 FTE for any one applicant and are subject to the availability of funds.

Term of Contract:

Programs may begin as early as July 1, 2019 and must be completed by June 30, 2024. The HEOP grant year runs from July 1st to June 30th of each year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-public institutions of higher education (including for-profit IHEs) incorporated by the Legislature or chartered by the Board of Regents and offering two or four-year degree programs registered with and approved by the Board of Regents may submit proposals for program support. Programs must serve matriculated students who are working toward a degree.

Non-allowable expenditures:

Pre-Application Information:

Please submit questions on or before Friday, April 12, 2019.

A complete list of all Questions and Answers will be posted to no later than April 5th, 2019 together with a pre-recorded webcast.

The Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. A nonprofit applicant’s NOI will also help to facilitate timely review of its prequalification materials. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name) intent to apply for this grant. Please also include your organization’s NYS Vendor ID. Please send the NOI via email by April 10th, 2019.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 26, 2019.

The State of New York has implemented a new statewide prequalification process (described on the Grants Management website: designed to facilitate prompt contracting for not-for-profit vendors. All not-for-profit vendors are required to pre-qualify prior to grant application. This includes all currently funded not-for-profit institutions that have already received an award and are in the middle of the program cycle. The pre-qualification must be completed by all not-for-profit institutions prior to application in order to receive an award under this RFP

A minimum of 15% match of the requested HEOP grant is required from the institution's own resources.

Only those postsecondary institutions that are selected for a contract award can be reimbursed for program expenses incurred.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please submit questions and NOI via email to

Not-for-profit application submissions:
New York State Education Department
Attn: Dan Nicolaescu
89 Washington Avenue, Room 960 EBA
Albany, NY 12234

For-profit application submissions:
NYS Education Department
Attn: Adam Kutryb, RFP GC#19-008
Bureau of Fiscal Management
Contract Administration Unit
89 Washington Avenue, Room 501W EB
Albany, NY 12234

(518) 474-3719
E-mail: or

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP GC#19-008

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York