The primary objective of The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), or Trocaire Opportunity Program (TOP), is to help provide a broad range of services to the student, who because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend college, yet has the potential and desire to obtain a college degree. TOP is sponsored jointly by the State Education Department and Trocaire College.

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The eligible TOP student receives a full-need financial aid package including TAP and PELL. Additional grants and stipends are available to all TOP students. Necessary support services are provided to the TOP student to successfully complete an Associate or Bachelor's degree.

Eligibility is based on the following criteria:

  • Lower high school graduating average or GED score.
  • NYS resident and U.S. citizen.
  • First-time college student.
  • Interest and desire in obtaining an Associate or Bachelor's degree.
  • Economically disadvantaged.
  • Age is not a factor; no one is too old to be eligible.

Eligible TOP students begin their college education during a five-week pre-freshman Summer Success semester. This mandatory semester consists of preparatory classes, tutoring, lunches, and workshops.

If you feel you are eligible for TOP, please call the TOP Office/Trocaire College at 716.827.2562 or 716.827.2476 or e-mail Peg Babcock, TOP Director, at babcockm@trocaire.edu or Roman Shchurowsky, Assistant TOP Director at shchurowskyr@trocaire.edu