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Frequently Asked Questions

What is HEOP?

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is specifically designed for students who are defined as educationally underprepared and financially disadvantaged the opportunity to attend a postsecondary institution to earn a baccalaureate degree and who would not meet the normal criteria for admission. The program begins in the summer before the freshman year to ensure a smooth transition into the university environment.

Who is eligible?

Any New York State resident with an earned high school diploma, GED or equivalent, and does not meet the standard criteria for admission to LIU Post.

Why a summer program?

For first year students, the mandatory five-week residential program (students stay in the residence halls) takes place in the summer session prior to the beginning of classes in the fall semester. It is designed to strengthen, develop and enhance reading, writing, study, critical thinking and time management skills. Since the students proceed through their academic program as a cohort, this is the ideal environment for students to get to know each other and build friendships that will last throughout their college years and beyond.

What expenses does the program cover?

For the summer program, there is no cost to the student. During the regular academic year (fall and spring semesters), the program covers the cost of tuition and fees only, not room and board (housing and meals). Students enrolled in HEOP are eligible for state, federal and institutional funds as determined by filing the FAFSA. HEOP students are expected to contribute to their educational expenses through loans and eligible participation in the federal college work study program.

Can I live on campus?

It is recommended that students live on campus during the five-week summer program. HEOP students can choose to live on campus during the academic year; however, the cost of room and board is not covered in the basic financial aid package. Additional loans would be required to absorb those costs. We can work with your family to determine all financial assistance options, sources of funding, and payment plans.

How do I apply?

Students may apply through the standard LIU Post application, Common Application or online at; indicate your preference for HEOP right on the application.

Is there a deadline?

All completed applications must be received by February 1st for the fall semester.

What constitutes a complete application?

A complete application must include: copy of current high school transcript, SAT (or ACT) scores, at least one letter of recommendation, and a personal statement.

When will I know my status?

All eligible candidates must have a personal interview. After that, you will hear a decision from HEOP no later than June 1. Students who are not accepted into HEOP may also qualify for regular admission to LIU Post, or may be accepted into the Program for Academic Success. At times, we recommend some students complete a year or two of coursework at a community college, and then apply for admission to LIU Post. Please ask a HEOP counselor for details.

Who can I contact for more information?

We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Please call the HEOP Office at 1-516-299-2397. We are happy to assist you as you plan your educational and career goals.