Scholarships & External Funding

UConn Pre-College Summer strives to make our program as financially accessible as possible. In doing so, we offer numerous 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

Funding capacity has been reached and we are no longer accepting accepting applications for those students interested in the UConn PCS Life Transformative Education Access Initiative, need-based discounts.

UConn Pre-College Summer (PCS) has a small number of need-based discounts available through the UConn PCS Life Transformative Education Access Initiative. The selection committee awards these discounts as generously and equitably as possible based on the eligibility criteria provided below.

Please note:

  • Funding for this access initiative is limited and will not be available to all who apply. Applications will be accepted until funding for the PCS Life Transformative Education Access Initiative has been distributed in its entirety
    •  we encourage students interested in this access initiative, to apply early as these discounts are largely distributed on a first come first serve basis
  • Decisions for this access initiative will be released in May
  • While admission decisions will be released on a rolling basis, students who opt in to be considered for this access initiative will not be able to enroll in a course until May when decisions have been determined
  • Funding for this access initiative is only applicable to one non-credit course
  • Funding for this access initiative is not eligible for the MGMT 2234: The Entrepreneurial Journey, 3-credits course

Eligibility to receive the need-based discounts will be based on:

  • Students will need to submit a UConn PCS application and answer all questions related to the Life Transformative Education Access Initiative
  • Students must be a full-time United States resident
  • PCS Life Transformative Education Access Initiative discounts are distributed based on income*. Students' household annual gross income must fall between the income brackets and chart provided below:
Eligibility Guidelines
Income Bracket Program Price
(One course)
Discount
(One Course)
Total Price
(One Course)
Less than $50,000 gross annual income $1,390 70% / $970 $420 + any course fees
Between $50,001 - $80,000 gross annual income $1,390 40% / $555 $835 + any course fees
More than $80,000 gross annual income $1,390 0% / $0 $1,390 + any course fees

*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.

GEOPATHS Scholarship

The GEOPATHS course and scholarship is no longer available for the 2021 Summer. 

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, the GEOPATHS program will provide 15 students with a $695 scholarship.  In addition, PCS will also provide a $695 scholarship which will enable students to participate in the three-week virtual GEOPATHS: Introduction to Geosciences 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 GEOPATHS Scholarship
  • When selecting courses of interest in the UConn PCS application, students must select the GEOPATHS: Intro to Geoscience course
  • Students must be a full-time resident in the state of Connecticut
  • Students' household annual gross income* must be below $80,000

*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.