Can I get financial aid or scholarships to help pay my pre-college program tuition?

Elizabeth ElkinsElizabeth Elkins
Senior Program Associate, Marketing
Office of International and Summer Programs, Emory University
Yes, there are a number of ways to get financial aid and/or scholarships to help cover the cost of attending a pre-college program. For example, at Emory's Pre-College Program, we offer financial aid up to approximately half of the tuition cost. We recognize the need for scholarship funds for high school students interested in academic study during the summer. However, due to limited funds available, awards will be primarily based on need, and academic merit will be a secondary consideration. When applying for aid at any institution, your financial aid application will be reviewed and your academic record, including grade point average, test scores, and faculty/guidance counselor recommendation will be taken into consideration. Students should be aware that financial aid deadlines are often earlier than regular admission deadlines.

We also work with a number of groups across the country that offer financial support and ongoing relationships for their high-achieving young scholars, giving advice, support, and assistance to students and their families through the pre-college application process.

Students have also shared with us many ideas they've used for grassroots fundraising campaigns of their own. Some conduct letter-writing drives to their friends, family, employers and to local businesses and churches. Some use social media to spread the word. Others research civic organizations such as Rotary and Kiwanis to see what opportunities these groups may offer for support. Some look around their school and think about what sorts of activities student clubs use to raise money.

In any of these efforts, you must state your purpose to make it clear to others. Draft a statement explaining your long-term academic/career goals and the way that you believe the pre-college program will help you achieve these aims. Explain the course(s) you hope to take and share program information. State the amount you wish to raise and the progress you've made. And always remember to write a thank you note when you receive a donation.

The central motivating idea that we hear repeatedly from students and their families is that there is no one magic formula. But a combination of creativity and effort will often yield positive results. Once students move past their initial hesitation to ask, they find that people, organizations and communities are remarkably willing to join them in making pre-college happen.

Rhiannon Schade
Director of College Counseling
Collegewise of Millburn

Yes. Many summer programs do offer tuition discounts and/or scholarships. The best way to find out whether or not it is possible for you to receive financial aid to attend a summer program is to find the program, check its website, and then call the coordinator to ask about how the process works.

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