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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 STEP/CAP program and an excellent freshman year.

  • File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible, keeping in mind that Eastern’s priority deadline is March 1, 2020. 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.
  • 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 STEP/CAP details, your housing, and financial aid. Your account credentials are also used to access eWeb to submit your deposits, view
    your financial aid for the 2020-2021 year, and more. Please click here for instructions to activate your Office 365 account; refer to your acceptance letter for your Eastern ID, username, and email address.
  • 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 15, 2020 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.
  • Visit for detailed application instructions after submitting your deposit(s). On the housing application, you may rank your top three residence halls. Want a refresher of the different options available for first-year students? Click here for a brief overview.

    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.

  • SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) is a program designed to introduce all new first-year students to life on campus. Eastern has decided to host SOAR virtually for the Class of 2024.

    Visit the Orientation page and select First-Year Students for updated information on our virtual orientation programs happening in Summer 2020. Students must submit the non-refundable tuition deposit prior to completing the SOAR requirement.

  • 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, 2020. 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.
  • 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 $35 per semester. You may learn more at


  • All STEP/CAP students will move in on Saturday, June 27. Additional details will be forthcoming. As a reminder, your summer housing will be selected for you. You will be placed in an upperclassmen, apartment-style residence hall on campus.
  • 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.