STEP/CAP Student Guide


Dare to be extraordinary at Eastern Connecticut State University. It’s a place where a love of learning is palpable – and the drive to make a difference is even more so. You are officially on your way to becoming a Warrior! This guide will help ensure that you are fully prepared for the start of the fall 2018 semester and a great freshman year.

Step 1Activate your Eastern email account
Eastern email is the University’s official means of communicating with students and will be used to convey important information throughout your career at Eastern. Your username and email address are included in your letter of admission.
Please click here for instructions to activate your Eastern email.
Step 2Complete your FAFSA
In order to receive a financial aid package for the 2018-2019 academic year, you will need to file the FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA will require tax information and Eastern’s code (001425) for completion. Based on the results of the FAFSA, Eastern may require additional documentation. Please follow up with Gloria Rivera from our Office of Financial Aid to verify that all of the required documents have been received. You may call her at (860) 465-5205.

Please note: We do not need the STEP/CAP 2018 Application for Summer Financial Assistance, as indicated on your printed guide. We will use the information from your FAFSA to determine your summer financial aid.
Step 3Submit non-refundable deposit
Seats in the STEP/CAP program are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. You must submit your deposit as soon as possible, but no later than May 1, 2018 to reserve your spot. The University reserves the right to return deposits received after enrollment capacity has been reached.
Click here for step-by-step instructions for paying your deposit.

Students living on-campus: $450 non-refundable tuition and housing deposit.

Students living off-campus: $200 non-refundable tuition deposit.
Step 4Complete housing application for 2018-2019 year
After you have paid your deposit, visit this page for detailed application instructions. Hall placement will be determined on a first-come, first-served manner based on the date your housing deposit is paid and your housing deposit is submitted.
Step 5Mandatory SOAR
SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) is an overnight orientation program in the summer designed to introduce all new first-year students to life on campus. STEP/CAP students must attend the June 28-29 SOAR session. Please arrive between 9 - 10 a.m. on June 28, and leave at 4:30 p.m. on June 29. You must bring a photo ID to attend SOAR and obtain your Eastern ID card.

Once you have paid your deposit, we will register you for this session. Please do not register yourself for SOAR.
Step 6Complete required health forms
You will receive forms in the mail about medical conditions, immunizations, health insurance and your emergency contact. Please complete and return them by June 1, 2018. These forms are essential for you to live on campus. You will not be allowed to participate in STEP/CAP if these forms are not completed and submitted on time.
Step 7Moving in for summer
All STEP/CAP students will move in on Wednesday, July 4, between 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. At 4:00 p.m., there will be a mandatory meeting for all students. Families are welcome to attend. Please note that your summer housing will be selected for you.
Step 8Request official transcripts
Make sure your final high school transcript as well as any Advanced Placement exam scores and transcripts for college-level courses are submitted to the Office of Admissions as soon as possible.