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The Summer Transition at Eastern Program (STEP)/Contract Admissions Program (CAP) is a summer bridge program designed to prepare students for the rigors of college coursework at Eastern. 

It is designed for highly motivated high school graduates who are seeking to gain admission to Eastern. For the duration of the program, students take two college-level courses and receive individualized academic support, instruction on writing, time management, test preparation, and public speaking skills. 

STEP/CAP is an alternative path to admissions for students who have already applied to Eastern. Upon successful completion of the six-week summer program, students are admitted to Eastern full-time and receive additional support services for a successful career at Eastern.

To learn more, please review the STEP/CAP Overview letter here.

Goals of the program:

  • To make higher education available to deserving students.
  • To ease the transition from high school to college.
  • To offer students the opportunity to take college credit-bearing courses.
  • To promote the academic and social attitudes needed for students to become successful and responsible undergraduates.
  • To guide students through the four-year commitment to graduation.


STEP/CAP is an invitation-based program. If you have received your STEP/CAP letter in the mail, please review the information below to register for the STEP to Success informational scheduled for Saturday, April 2, 2022.  

STEP to Success Informational

  • During this event, students and parents/guardians will learn about the program and its success from Admissions and the Office of Opportunity Programs.  There will be a Q&A portion to ensure all questions and/or concerns are answered. The event will end with a panel of current student leaders and STEP/CAP alum.  

    Check-in will begin at 9:30am with the event starting promptly at 10am and ending at noon.     

    Optional campus tours will be offered once the event has ended. Campus tours take about one hour.   

    We encourage students to register for the STEP to Success informational as soon as possible, as campus space is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. Family support is an essential part of student achievement and success. We highly encourage students to bring one parent/guardian to the informational. 

    Students must register and attend this event to be accepted into STEP/CAP and receive further enrollment steps. 

    To register for STEP to Success, please follow the link 

What to Expect Next

  • Financial aid offers for the 2022-2023 academic year will be provided for students after they have registered for STEP to Success. In addition to 2022-2023 financial aid offers, STEP/CAP students may be eligible for summer financial aid to help reduce and/or cover the costs of completing STEP/CAP. This will be listed in their financial aid offer as well.  

    After registering for STEP to Success, our Financial Aid Office will begin generating a conditional aid offer for STEP/CAP and the 2022-2023 academic year. This conditional aid offer will be mailed to the student’s home as soon as it is available and ideally before the event. Financial aid offers will be delayed if the student’s FAFSA is not submitted and/or corrected before the event. The Admissions Office will contact students and parents/guardians if any information is missing from their FAFSA

    It is essential that students and parents/guardians complete FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Aid) to receive a financial aid offer.  If you have not done so already, submit your FAFSA as soon as possible using Eastern’s school code 001425.  

    The total cost of STEP/CAP, before summer financial aid, is $3,000. This includes the cost of classes, housing, and meals. Summer financial aid is determined by a student’s EFC (Estimated Family Contribution).

    Students and parents/guardians can contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions regarding FAFSA and/or their 2022-2023 financial aid offers at (860) 465-5205.

  • Students will receive their acceptance packet the day of the STEP to Success informational. The acceptance packet will hold their student ID, email, and detailed enrollment checklist.  

    Students must register and attend the event to receive their acceptance packet. 

    Tuition and/or housing deposit(s) are due by May 1, 2022. Due to the nature of the program, STEP/CAP has limited seats for the Summer 2022 cohort. Once the program is at capacity, we will no longer be able to take deposits. The program may fill before May 1, 2022. 

    We encourage students to submit their deposits once they have decided Eastern is the best fit for them academically and financially.   

    If you have any questions about STEP/CAP, the STEP to Success informational, or the admissions process, please connect with Sierra Colon, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 860-465-5776. 

    The Admissions Committee selected you for this program based on qualities evident in your application. We hope you will consider taking advantage of this opportunity to become a part of the Eastern community. 

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Assistant Director of Admissions

Sierra Colón


Phone: (860) 465-5776

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