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].

For 2022-2023, we are accepting applications from students who are rising 6th graders – rising 12th graders.


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 at least ONE of the following:

  • First in family to attend four-year college in the US
  • Single-parent household
  • Qualify for free or reduced price lunch

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
  • Household income of less than $20,000 per person
  • Grade point average of 70% or better; a minimum of 70% in all major subjects
  • Good school attendance
  • Strong character and leadership potential
  • Enrolled in an NYC public, charter, or parochial school

Key Dates

HEAF Application Deadline

Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 school year. Through December 10, 2021, HEAF is accepting applications for a limited number of spots for the Spring 2022 semester. This part of the application is used to determine if students and families meet the academic and financial eligibility criteria.

This application can be completed online in 25 minutes or less, either using a smartphone or computer. This application is available in either 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.

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