The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American Program (AHANA) are undergraduate programs providing financial, academic and professional development resources to students demonstrating potential for collegiate success.

HEOP is a partnership between the New York State Education Department and Le Moyne, providing broad and varied educational experiences to capable students who, due to academic under-preparation and limited financial resources, might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend college.

AHANA is a Le Moyne-sponsored program for in-state and out-of-state students who demonstrate academic ability. The program is a reflection of Le Moyne’s Jesuit values, demonstrating our commitment to diversity and inclusion by expanding our student body to include the rich ethnic, racial and economic diversity of our broader society.

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HEOP & AHANA programs provide you with everything you need to be successful at Le Moyne. Here’s how to get here.

Program Qualifications - HEOP

To qualify for HEOP, you must: Be a NYS resident, meet academic and financial criteria and demonstrate that, due to academic and financial limitations, you’d otherwise not have an opportunity to attend college.

Program Qualifications - AHANA

To qualify for the AHANA program, you must: Demonstrate academic need, but don’t meet the academic criteria for regular admission into Le Moyne, be a NYS resident who isn’t eligible for HEOP because you exceed the economic guidelines issued by the state, be a non-NYS resident who meets all other criteria for AHANA admission and identify as one or more of the groups historically underrepresented in higher education (African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American).

How to Apply - HEOP & AHANA

Both programs use Le Moyne’s regular admission application, which must be completed by February 1. If you are interested in HEOP, check the box on the application to indicate your interest. AHANA applicants are selected by the Office of Admission and AHANA staff. Students in both programs must complete a personal interview and financial review and submit a writing sample. HEOP applicants will complete a Written Statement of Family Income.

Financial Aid - HEOP & AHANA

HEOP students are generously funded through NYS and Le Moyne HEOP grants. All students will supplement their financial aid packages with a small self-help component; usually in the form of small federal subsidized loans. AHANA students receive financial assistance on an as-needed basis as reflected on the student's FAFSA application (complete no later than Feb. 15, using Le Moyne’s school code 002748) and the Le Moyne College financial aid form.

General Academic Criteria for HEOP & AHANA Students

Obtain an average of 80-90% In the liberal arts

Obtain an average of 85-90% In science

Be in the upper two-thirds Of Class Rank

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scores aren’t required for either program; however, if you wish to submit scores, they’ll be used as a part of our holistic review process, and only scores that will benefit you will be considered.

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HEOP & AHANA Pre-First Year Summer Academic Institute

Spend 5 Weeks on Campus This Summer

All HEOP & AHANA students are required to participate in a structured and intensive five-week Pre First-Year Summer Academic Institute (SAI) beginning in July and ending in early August. It offers classes, enrichment activities and workshops to get you in the College mindset. College courses offered during the institute include English, Theology, Math and Study Skills. Submit SAI forms to the HEOP & AHANA office no later than June 15th.

The Cost Is Covered

SAI is funded by Le Moyne and includes meals, housing, tuition, books and supplies and weekend activities.


Academic eligibility is determined using a variety of factors, including (but not limited to): high school average, regents scores (if available), class rank (if available), your interview, HEOP writing sample and motivation for success in college.

Economic eligibility is determined by guidelines issued by the New York State Education Department.  These guidelines are based on family income and the number of people in the household.

Students who meet the education and economic qualifications are then invited to interview, either on campus or in New York City. Occasionally, virtual interviews are conducted as well.

Please note that for first-year applicants, a maximum of 15 transfer credits can be accepted.

Admission to the HEOP program at Le Moyne for transfer students isn’t guaranteed and is only granted on a space-available basis. Documentation verifying enrollment in EOP, HEOP, SEEK or College Discovery at a previous institution is required. Transfers must apply to Le Moyne by August 1 to be considered for HEOP, however, we recommend you apply as soon as possible as space in HEOP is very limited for transfer students.

Transfer applicants for HEOP must also have a completed NYSED transfer verification form and complete an interview and financial review with HEOP staff.

No. Students who’re earned a prior degree aren’t eligible for HEOP.

You’ll receive information directly from our office with important documents that must be submitted prior to the start of the Summer Academic Institute. Please review documents carefully and submit them to the HEOP & AHANA office no later than June 15th.

  • Medications and prescriptions
  • Two sets of twin XL sheets, pillow(s), pillowcases and a blanket
  • Bath towels, hand towels & washcloths
  • Bathing suit, shorts, t-shirts, and sneakers
  • Shower caddy and shower shoes (flip flops)
  • Dress clothes for special events
  • School supplies (notebooks, pens, pencils, etc.)
  • Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc.)
  • Alarm clock
  • Fan
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bug spray
  • Your permanent residency card and New York State ID card

  • Gaming systems
  • Microwaves
  • TVs
  • Cars
  • Animals
  • Refrigerators
  • AC units

Students are permitted to bring their cellphones; however, the HEOP & AHANA program staff may require that they be securely checked-in during scheduled events to avoid distraction and allow students to connect and focus.

Questions? Let’s get in touch.

K. Leandra (KL) Lane

Director, HEOP & AHANA

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