STEP/CAP Student Guide


Dare to be extraordinary at Eastern Connecticut State University. Here, we thrive off of a love of learning and the drive to make a difference.
You are officially on your way to becoming a Warrior! This guide will help ensure that you are fully prepared for the STEP/CAP program and an excellent freshman year.

Step 1Complete the FAFSA
File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible, keeping in mind that Eastern’s priority deadline is March 1, 2019. The results of the FAFSA will also determine if you are eligible for aid for the summer STEP/CAP program, as stated in your acceptance packet.
Step 2Activate your Office 365 e-mail account
Your Office 365 e-mail account is the primary source of communication between you and Eastern. Prior to arriving to campus, you will receive emails to inform you about housing, financial aid, and registration for the 2019-2020 academic year. Your account credentials are also used to access eWeb to submit your deposits, register for classes, view your financial aid for the 2019-2020 year, and more. Please click here for instructions to activate your Office 365 account; please refer to your acceptance letter for your Eastern ID, username, and email address.
Step 3Submit non-refundable deposit
Commit to being a Warrior! 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, 2019 to reserve your spot. The University reserves the right to return deposits received after enrollment capacity has been reached. Once you are logged into your Office 365 account and click the eWeb SelfService app, click HERE for step-by-step instructions to submit your deposit(s).

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 2019-2020 year
Visit for detailed application instructions after submitting your deposit(s). Hall placement will be determined in a first-come, first-served manner based on the date your housing deposit is paid and the application is submitted.
Step 5Reserve mandatory SOAR session
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 either the June 24-25 or the June 27-28 SOAR session. Please register at as soon as possible after submitting your deposit, as seats are limited for each session. You must bring a photo ID to attend SOAR and obtain your Eastern ID card.
Step 6Complete required health forms
Enclosed in your acceptance packet are health forms and emergency contact information; please complete and return them to the Health Services address listed on the forms by May 1, 2019. 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 7Consider a payment plan for the 2019-2020 year
Eastern offers a web-based payment plan service that enables you to spread your out of pocket costs for tuition, fees, room and board over a semester. You may pay each semester’s bill in up to five monthly installments depending on when you enroll. The service is interest-free and costs only $35 per semester. You may learn more at Please keep in mind that the payment plan is not an option for the cost of the STEP/CAP program.
Step 8Moving in for summer
All STEP/CAP students will move in on Sunday, June 30. Additional details will be forthcoming. Please note that your summer housing will be selected for you.
Step 9Request 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.