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Summer Transition at Eastern/Contract Admissions Program

STEP/CAP is an invitation-only summer program designed to ensure students are prepared for the rigors of college coursework at Eastern. Students invited to this program have been selected based on demonstrated perseverance and commitment to academic achievement. This six-week summer residential experience offers the opportunity to take three college-level courses while building critical academic skills within a supportive community. 

STEP/CAP is an alternative path to admissions at Eastern, and is tailored specifically to support proactive students who are highly motivated to complete their four-year degree at Eastern. Successful completion of STEP/CAP ensures a seat in the incoming Fall 2024 class.

For more information, please review the STEP/CAP overview letter here.

Students who received a letter informing them of their STEP/CAP decision should follow the steps below to be eligible for the summer 2024 cohort.   

You may register for the mandatory STEP/CAP Information Session on Saturday, April 6 here. 


Next Steps:

  • Students are required to attend the STEP/CAP Information Session on January 27 to be eligible for the summer 2024 cohort, and have until May 1 to formally commit to Eastern and STEP/CAP.

    The STEP/CAP Information Session will be hosted by our Admissions and Opportunity Programs staff.
    During the event, students will:

    • Learn about the program’s goals and expectations, and steps moving forward
    • Connect with current Eastern STEP/CAP students
    • Take a campus tour to explore Eastern's beautiful, residential campus

    If you are interested in STEP/CAP but are unable to attend the STEP/CAP Information Session, please contact the Admissions Office at 860-465-0204.

    Family support is essential to student achievement and success; therefore, we highly encourage students to bring their parents, guardians, or other supporters to this event. 

  • Students will receive their enrollment packet when they attend the STEP/CAP Information Session.

    The enrollment packet will include the student's enrollment checklist and instructions on how to submit deposit(s).

    Deposit(s) must be submitted to reserve a seat in STEP/CAP and commit to Eastern. Tuition and/or housing deposit(s) are due by May 1Due to the nature of the program, STEP/CAP has limited seats for the summer 2024 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.


  • Due to the federal changes with the FAFSA this year, we anticipate financial aid offers being available late spring. This applies to potential financial aid for the summer 2024 program, as well as the 2024-2025 academic year.

    It is important to complete the FAFSA as soon as it becomes available, which is expected to be December 31, 2023. Be sure to add Eastern Connecticut State University to your list of schools using our school code of 001425.

    Students and parents/guardians may contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions regarding FAFSA and/or their 2024-2025 financial aid offers at (860) 465-5205.


More about STEP/CAP

    • Seven credits earned towards cumulative GPA and graduation requirements
    • Early access to resources to leverage and enhance your academic and personal achievement
    • Practice the mindset and learning strategies required for lifelong success
    • Support from STEP/CAP staff and peers all four years at Eastern
  • Eastern recognizes the dedication needed to earn a college degree. To help reduce the cost of  attendance and ensure future success at Eastern, eligible students who successfully complete the summer program are granted a STEP/CAP scholarship that will be applied starting in the fall semester. The scholarship is renewable for four years (eight semesters) and is in addition to need-based aid.
  • The total cost of STEP/CAP is $3,000. This includes the cost of classes, housing, and meals. In addition to financial aid for the 2024-2025 academic year, students may be eligible for summer financial aid to help reduce the cost of STEP/CAP.

    Summer financial aid is determined by a student's SAI (Student Aid Index) listed within their FAFSA. Students do not have to submit a separate aid application for STEP/CAP. Summer aid may help cover full or partial cost of the program.

    Students will receive their summer financial aid and cost of STEP/CAP with their financial aid offer in late spring 2024.

    Please contact the Admissions Office at (860) 465-0204 with questions regarding the cost of STEP/CAP.

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Admissions Office

Brandon Martins

(860) 465-0204

Opportunity Programs Office

Christina Irizarry

(860) 465-3729

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