Scholarships & External Funding

UConn Pre-College Summer strives to make our program as financially accessible as possible. In doing so, we offer discounts (early bird and multiple session discounts) for students and their families to help save money on their summer endeavors. Additionally, we are able to offer the following options:

UConn PCS Life Transformative Education Access Initiative

Capacity has been reached and applicants can no longer opt in on the application to be considered for the LTE Access Initiative.

 

UConn Pre-College Summer (PCS) has a small number of need-based discounts available through the UConn PCS Life Transformative Education (LTE) Access Initiative. The goal is to provide greater access to students that would not otherwise be able to afford to attend the program for one session (one week). The fee to attend one session, is $2,150 and covers all course costs, meals, housing, exploratory workshops and social programming activities. If awarded, students will receive a 40 or 70 percent discount off the total cost of the program fees.

The selection committee awards these discounts as generously and equitably as possible based on income and eligibility guidelines provided below. To be considered, eligible students must:

  • Submit a completed UConn PCS application
  • Show evidence of good academic standing with no history of suspension
  • Be motivated and interested in experiencing college life
  • Be a full-time United States resident
  • Receive confirmation from a school counselor supporting your participation and confirming you meet the eligibility guidelines. This invitation will be sent to the school counselor when students complete the Access Initiative page in UConn PCS application
  • Demonstrate financial need by having a household annual gross *income that falls between the income brackets provided here:
Income Bracket Program Price
(One course)
Discount
(One Course)
Total Price
(One Course)
Less than $50,000 gross annual income $2,150 70% / $1,505 $645
Between $50,001 - $80,000 gross annual income $2,150 40% / $860 $1,290
More than $80,000 gross annual income $2,150 0% / $0 $2,150

Please note:

  • Funding for this access initiative is limited and will not be available to all who apply
  • Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis and will be awarded until funding has been distributed in its entirety (early submission is encouraged)
  • Students that are awarded will be allowed to take only one course out of the four sessions available. You risk getting unenrolled or giving up the discount applied to your account if you enroll in more than one course

Decision Process

  • The access initiative decisions will be released in May
  • Admission decisions into the program are released on a rolling basis and you may receive this notification prior to knowing if you have been awarded the access initiative discount
  • Discount decisions will come separately. This means, students who opt in to be considered will not be able to enroll in a course until May

There is a $45 application fee to apply to the program. If this application fee is not feasible for you or your family, please contact us at pcs@uconn.edu to walk you through some options.

*Income means income before deductions such as income taxes, Social Security taxes, insurance premiums, charitable contributions and bonds. It includes the following: 1) Monetary compensation for services, including wages, salary, commissions or fees; 2) net income from non-farm self-employment; 3) net income from farm self-employment; 4) Social Security; 5) dividends or interest on savings or bonds or income from estates or trusts; 6) net rental income; 7) public assistance or welfare payments; 8) unemployment compensation; 9) government civilian employee or military retirement, or pensions or veterans’ payments; 10) private pension or annuities; 11) alimony or child support payments; 12) regular contributions from persons not living in the household; 13) net royalties; and 14) other cash income. Other cash income would include cash amounts received or withdrawn from any source including savings, investments, trust accounts and other resources. “Income” as used here does not include any income or benefits received under any Federal programs, which are excluded from consideration as income by any legislative prohibition, for example, the value of food stamps.

Earth and Environmental Sciences Scholarship

Capacity has been reached and applicants can no longer opt in on the application to be considered for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Scholarship.

 

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Earth and Environmental Sciences program will provide students with a scholarship which will enable students to participate in the Earth and Environmental Sciences course at no cost.

Eligibility to receive the scholarship will be based on:

  • Students will need to submit a UConn PCS application and answer all questions related to the Earth and Environmental Sciences Scholarship
  • When selecting courses of interest in the UConn PCS application, students must select the Earth and Environmental Sciences course
  • Students must be a full-time United States resident
  • Students' household annual gross income* must be below $80,000

There is a $45 application fee to apply to the program. If this application fee is not feasible for you or your family, please contact us at pcs@uconn.edu to walk you through some options.

*Income means income before deductions such as income taxes, Social Security taxes, insurance premiums, charitable contributions and bonds. It includes the following: 1) Monetary compensation for services, including wages, salary, commissions or fees; 2) net income from non-farm self-employment; 3) net income from farm self-employment; 4) Social Security; 5) dividends or interest on savings or bonds or income from estates or trusts; 6) net rental income; 7) public assistance or welfare payments; 8) unemployment compensation; 9) government civilian employee or military retirement, or pensions or veterans’ payments; 10) private pension or annuities; 11) alimony or child support payments; 12) regular contributions from persons not living in the household; 13) net royalties; and 14) other cash income. Other cash income would include cash amounts received or withdrawn from any source including savings, investments, trust accounts and other resources. “Income” as used here does not include any income or benefits received under any Federal programs, which are excluded from consideration as income by any legislative prohibition, for example, the value of food stamps.

Public Health Scholarship

Capacity has been reached and applicants can no longer opt in on the application to be considered for the Public Health Scholarship.

 

UConn's Program in Applied Public Health Sciences will provide eligible students with a scholarship enabling them to participate in the Public Health course at no cost.

Eligibility to receive the scholarship will be based on:

  • Students will need to submit a UConn PCS application and answer all questions related to the Public Health Scholarship
  • When selecting courses of interest in the UConn PCS application, students must select the Public Health course
  • Students must be a full-time resident in the state of Connecticut
  • Students' household annual gross income* must be below $80,000
  • Confirmation from a school counselor supporting your participation and confirming you meet the eligibility guidelines. This invitation will be sent to the school counselor when you complete the Scholarship Eligibility Confirmation page on the application

There is a $45 application fee to apply to the program. If this application fee is not feasible for you or your family, please contact us at pcs@uconn.edu to walk you through some options.

*Income means income before deductions such as income taxes, Social Security taxes, insurance premiums, charitable contributions and bonds. It includes the following: 1) Monetary compensation for services, including wages, salary, commissions or fees; 2) net income from non-farm self-employment; 3) net income from farm self-employment; 4) Social Security; 5) dividends or interest on savings or bonds or income from estates or trusts; 6) net rental income; 7) public assistance or welfare payments; 8) unemployment compensation; 9) government civilian employee or military retirement, or pensions or veterans’ payments; 10) private pension or annuities; 11) alimony or child support payments; 12) regular contributions from persons not living in the household; 13) net royalties; and 14) other cash income. Other cash income would include cash amounts received or withdrawn from any source including savings, investments, trust accounts and other resources. “Income” as used here does not include any income or benefits received under any Federal programs, which are excluded from consideration as income by any legislative prohibition, for example, the value of food stamps.

External Funding Opportunities

In an effort to provide alternate sources of funding, we have provided links to a few known external scholarship sites and other funding ideas. Please note that the University of Connecticut and the Pre-College Summer Program in no way encourages these organizations or ideas. Questions regarding external funding sources should be directed towards the organization.

  • FastWeb
  • Scholarships.com
  • College Board
  • Online Fundraising Websites (i.e. GoFundMe)
  • Student's school counselor and community for academic scholarship and fundraising opportunities
  • 529 Plan funds
    • Students and their families planing to use 529 funds should make our office aware. Checks may be made out to 'University of Connecticut' and mailed to the address below. The check memo should include the student's full name.