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(914) 674-7627

Financial Eligibility

The following chart and guidelines are prescribed by the State of New York and determine financial eligibility for the Mercy HEOP Program. In addition to these financial parameters, students and their parent(s) or legal guardians must be residents of the State of New York. If the student is considered independent or is a ward of the court, the residence of the parent is not considered. Financial eligibility for the 2020-21 academic year is based on income for the 2018 tax year.

The household income must not exceed the amount shown unless meeting one of the exceptions below.

Household Size (including head of household)
Total Annual Income in Previous Calendar Year
1 $23,107
2 $31,284
3 $39,461
4 $47,638
5 $55,815
6 $63,992
7 $72,169
8 $80,346
Additional household members Add $8,177


  • Students who live with foster parents and receive no support from the biological parents may be eligible irrespective of the foster parents' income.
  • In cases of extreme mismanagement of household income, a student may be eligible
  • In cases of a one-time fluctuation in earnings, a student may be eligible
  • In cases of extremely high medical costs, a student may be eligible

*Students in families who receive SSI or full public assistance, including rent, may be automatically eligible.

Economic Documentation

Students are required to submit documentation to verify income. This may include:

  • Signed copy of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application
  • Parent/Legal Guardian and/or student's W2s
  • Copies of full federal and state taxes, signed (including any schedules or forms)
  • Public assistance budget letters, or letters detailing social security benefits
  • Form 1099 - Detailing any social security, unemployment or other income or benefits
  • IRS Transcripts - Official transcripts from the IRS detailing what was filed, or if no tax return was filed
  • Any other documentation requested

Note: Students should apply for both FAFSA and TAP by no later than February 15.