State Education Department

Higher Education Opportunity Program

The State Education Department administers the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), which provides tutoring, counseling, tuition-support and financial assistance to economically and academically disadvantaged students attending private colleges and universities in New York State. We examined the use of HEOP funds at four selected schools that accounted for about a quarter of all program expenditures during the two years covered by our audit: New York University, Long Island University-Brooklyn campus, Syracuse University, and the College of St. Rose in Albany. We found that all four schools appeared to be using HEOP funds solely for their prescribed purposes. We also verified the accuracy of the HEOP student enrollments reported by the four schools, and verified that a random sample of the schools’ HEOP students met all HEOP eligibility requirements.

For a complete copy of Report 2007-S-106 click here.
For a copy of the associated follow-up report click here.