RIT's HEOP students have access to numerous benefits & support services provided by both the State Education Department and by the Institute itself. Included among these services are:
All incoming freshmen must attend the summer pre-freshmen program. Students live on campus while taking courses in writing, math, and study skills. In addition, students take a credit course that can be applied to their general education degree requirements. They also attend cultural and social activities sponsored by RIT. HEOP counselors meet regularly with each student. Peer and professional tutors and the use of computer labs also help students with the completion of classroom assignments. Summer tuition, room, board, and other costs are at no charge to the student.
Using a variety of resources, RIT's Office of Financial Aid prepares aid packages for students in good standing for up to 10 semesters of fall and spring term full-time attendance at RIT.
Our qualified staff are dedicated to providing caring and helpful academic and personal support for students. They are sensitive to the issues of underserved populations and the challenges HEOP students face throughout their college careers. Experienced and informed, the HEOP staff is available to guide, advocate, and assist students with referrals to other resources.
Students are highly encouraged to access and utilize RIT’s wide range of resources for academic support. In addition, HEOP students can request one-on-one tutoring for specific courses and every effort will be made to hire qualified tutors to meet these requests.
HEOP students whose term GPA for the previous term is below 2.0 will attend the HEOP Seminar. HEOP Seminar is a small group seminar that meets bi-weekly to assist students with setting and meeting study goals. The Seminar is facilitated by HEOP staff.