Created in 2012, the Carolina Higher Education Opportunity Programs (CHEOP) office comprises the NC Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP) and TRiO programs (the Upward Bound Program and the McNair Scholars Program).

Through both NC-HCAP and TRiO programs, CHEOP promotes and maintains programs, activities, and services that facilitate access to college, graduate and Ph.D. programs, as well as health professional schools for individuals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, first generation status, and low-income backgrounds. The programs under CHEOP enhance participants’ academic performance, retention, and personal and professional development to promote graduation in secondary and post-secondary education.

CHEOP works closely with other UNC campus offices and departments, faculty and staff, and with public schools, community based organizations, and other colleagues across the State of North Carolina.