HEAF students participate in a chess tournament


HEAF seeks students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, academic motivation, personal resiliency, and self-discipline.

While our traditional application is closed, we are always interested in hearing from families who want to apply. Please reach out to [email protected].


HEAF changes the lives of young people in underserved communities beginning in middle school and continuing in college and beyond through a youth development approach that includes rigorous year-round academic enrichment, social and cultural exposure and constant individual attention.

Application Process

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet ALL of the following:

  • Attend school in NYC (one of the five boroughs)
  • A minimum score of 2 in Math and English Language Arts on state standardized tests
  • Can attend programming during the school year and summer
  • Cumulative average of 70% or better; a minimum of 70% in all major subjects
  • Good school attendance
  • Strong character and leadership potential
  • Qualify for free or reduced-price lunch

Key Dates

HEAF Application Deadline

Applications are currently closed but will reopen in Fall 2023.

The written application is used to determine whether students and families meet academic and financial eligibility criteria for HEAF’s fully tuition-free college access program.

The application can be completed online in 25 minutes or less, either using a smartphone or computer. It is available in both English or Spanish.

HEAF Interview

The final stage of the Admissions selection process for HEAF programming includes an interview. The interview is an opportunity for the HEAF community to learn more about the student applicant and their family. The interview will consist of the interviewer asking questions in order to gain a better sense of a student’s academic interests, collegiate pursuits, and other relevant information.

Contact Us

Have questions?

Schedule a time to talk to us.

Please contact [email protected] or call 212-663-9732.