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In 1969, the New York Legislature mandated the creation of theStudents out on a spring day Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). The purpose of these Programs is to provide students who demonstrate potential for academic success with the educational supportive services and supplementary financial assistance they need to become successful college students. Since its inception in 1969, HEOP has been an integral part of Fordham University. The support services of HEOP are primarily funded by a grant from the State Education Department of New York.