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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.


We are still accepting students for the Summer 2022 cohort. If interested, please contact Sierra Colón at or (860) 465-5776.

What to Expect Next

  • Financial aid offers for STEP/CAP and the 2022-2023 academic year will be provided for students after they have had a meeting with the Admissions Office regarding the program.  

    Financial aid offers will be delayed if the student’s FAFSA has not been submitted. 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 after they have had a meeting with the Admissions Office regarding the program. The acceptance packet will hold their student ID, email, and detailed enrollment checklist.  

    Tuition and/or housing deposit(s) are due as soon as possibleDue 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. 

    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 or the admissions process, please connect with Sierra Colón, 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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