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Program Overview


 

The Engineering Design Lab (EDL) program will expose students to engineering, fabrication, robotics, and computation in the context of solving real world problems.

Throughout the two weeks, guest speakers from across the university as well as industry representatives will discuss research and development happening within their labs/research groups, as well as issues and problems they face in the real world. These speakers will be a source of inspiration to the students for completing their engineering design projects.

Taking advantage of the state-of-the-art Nolop Makerspace at Tufts, students will have access to and leverage the following platforms:

  • Laser Cutting: Universal Laser Systems VLS 3.60
  • 3D Printing: Prusa i3 MK3
  • Robotics (students will keep the following hardware for further self-directed explorations after the conclusion of the program): Raspberry Pi and the GoPiGo3 robotic platform
  • Computation: Python programming via Jupyter Notebooks
Program Highlights
  • Study engineering and design with world-class faculty
  • Work in teams to apply engineering theory to real-world problems in a final engineering design project
  • Hear from expert faculty who are leaders in their fields
  • Become lifelong friends with students from all over the world
Program Outcomes
  • Deeper understanding of the fields of engineering and design
  • Experience with rapid prototyping and the client-centered design process
  • Hands-on practice with maker technologies
  • Ability to evaluate the “why” and “how” of engineering problems and projects
  • Improved collaborative and team project skills
Student Work
Video file
Madhav Agrawal, 2021 EDL Session 1 Student
The robot works similar to the google translate feature of converting image to text. It takes an image using the camera attached to the robot. Then it proceeds to use the goole cloud’s cloud vision api and extracts the text. After this detects the language of the text for better translation, and finally translates it to the desired language and prints the output. This helps the user to quickly translate the data, without any hassle.
Video file
Sofia Lee and Parth Pandya, 2021 EDL Session 1 Students
The fencing robot has a GoPiGo with a cardboard body and plastic base. Attached is a distance sensor. If the fencer’s distance is too close, the robot will either attack or go back. If the fencer’s distance is far away, the robot will move closer.
Video file
Yasmin Hassoobh, 2021 EDL Session 2 Student
Bird Buddy is an animal friend and a caring companion robot to your beloved pet. Bird Buddy entertains your bird when you are away. It sends you pictures of you pet through your email and enables you to input sounds for your birds. It uses sensors, LEDs, servos (a powered mechanism producing motion), cameras, and more!
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Lucas Marquie, 2021 EDL Session 2 Student
The press of a button activates the robot. The robot can be run for 5 minutes, and the button will only work a second time after the robot has fully completed a page turn and returned to its original position. When the button is pressed, the robot drives forward with a distance sensor pointed towards the ground. When the robot senses the book below it, it stops and positions itself onto the book. It uses a servo arm to grab a page and moves backward with the page attached to it. Eventually, the page is turned, and the robot returns to its original position.

Note: this page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver, but is subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

Not for you? Check out one of our other programs.

Meet Your Program Staff

Jennifer Cross, Program Instructor

School of Engineering

Dr. Jennifer Cross is a Research Assistant Professor at the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach where her primary research interests include human-robot interaction with a focus on the educational applications of robotics and diversity in engineering education. She completed her graduate degrees within the Community Robotics, Education, and Technology Empowerment Lab at Carnegie Mellon University where she worked to develop the Arts & Bots Program, a creativity-oriented, middle school robotics program using the Hummingbird Robotics Kit. Dr. Cross was a fellow of both the Institute of Education Sciences supported Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Brandon Stafford, Program Instructor

School of Engineering

Brandon Stafford (he/his series) is an engineer who is director of the Nolop Makerspace at Tufts University. After an undergraduate degree in English and a handful of years of teaching high school mathematics, Brandon went to graduate school at Stanford University where he studied Mechanical Engineering and worked at the Stanford Robotics Lab. After graduation and working for a few different engineering companies, he formed and ran his own startup (Rascal Micro) for five years. Now, in addition to running the Nolop Makerspace at Tufts, he also teaches hands-on courses in electronics (Electromechanical Systems and Robotics) and mechanical design (Design for Fabrication) for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Magee Shalhoub, Program Staff

School of Engineering

Magee Shalhoub (she/her series) is the Program Administrator for the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), having graduated from Suffolk University and receiving her BS in Sociology. She leads the daily operational tasks and processes for the CEEO, supporting several research faculty in pre- and post-grant management. Magee manages roughly 15 government/industry grants and 30 gifts/cost recovery/operational accounts, and orchestrates the development of new cost recovery programs within Tufts, including Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP), Engineering Design Lab (EDL), and Engineering Investigations (EI).

Program Details


 

Program Format

Orientation

All program orientations will begin on the Monday of the program start. During this required orientation, we will review the overall program schedule, discuss policies and safety, and answer questions. Staff will be on-hand to address any issues. Check in for residential students is on Sunday preceding program start - see ‘Residential Student’ dropdown for more information

Program Format

In general, the academic portion of Engineering Design Lab (EDL) meets Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm during both weeks of the session. Students will participate daily in interactive, hands-on sessions that include: training and experience in fabrication, engaging in the theory, hardware, and software of robotics engineering, and hearing from experts in the robotics and engineering fields.

Robotics and Engineering Guest Speakers: Each day, students will hear from a carefully curated selection of guest speakers from among our wide network of faculty, students, and industry partners on special topics related to engineering, robotics, industrial/engineering design, and more. These speakers will cover a wide-range of topics, including careers, studying engineering, research, and developments happening within their labs/research groups, as well as issues and problems they face in the real world that connect to robotics and engineering.

Week 1 of Engineering Design Lab (EDL) will focus on developing a foundation of engineering and robotic skills within the context of daily challenges focusing on the following areas:

  • Fabrication: learning the tools and skills of fabrication, and practicing these skills within the Nolop Makerspace environment. These include engineering design, computer aided design (CAD), 3D printing, laser cutting, and woodworking.
  • Robotics: an introduction to robotics concepts and building your own robotic platform, followed by interacting with sensors and motors as well as the algorithmic control of a robotic system.
  • Computation: an introduction to the Python programming language followed by instruction on connecting the programmatic control to robotics hardware, including motor control, driving algorithms, sensor and data capture and processing, servo manipulation. Please note: prior coding/programming experience is not a requirement to apply to this program. Our students enter with a wide variety of coding experience and will leave the program all having practiced using Python for robotic control.
  • Project Design and Definition: engage in project brainstorming, design, definition, and planning, in the context of project management, group/team work, and conceptualizing appropriate scope and scale, in anticipation of development and implementation in Week 2.

Week 2 of Engineering Design Lab (EDL) will explore to various degrees additional concepts in robotic control systems, image processing/computer vision (IP/CV), machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), local and remote communication protocols including leveraging external cloud-based services, and Internet of Things (IoT). As students begin to focus on their seminal engineering design projects, students will work in small groups to solve real world needs/problems, research relevant criteria and constraints, and then design, prototype, and test technical solutions to those problems. At the end of the session, students will publicly present their prototype and develop documentation suitable for a personal portfolio.

Throughout the entire program, during both daily challenges and project work time, students will work either independently or in small groups with peers that allow students to engage with one another and their Teaching Assistants as they work. This working time is integrated throughout the schedule, and dedicated office hours for Teaching Assistants has been included as well. While students are welcome to continue self-directed explorations after hours, the academic program is designed for 9am to 5pm.

 

Closing Event: Project Showcase

One of the highlights of our program is the opportunity for small student groups to work together virtually to design and create engineering solutions to real world issues and obstacles. At the end of the summer, all of our groups will display their final projects at a Project Showcase with the opportunity to explain their design and how it solves a real world challenge. All groups will have post their code and a video of their working prototypes for the event and students will have the opportunity to answer the questions of their peers and instructional staff too! The showcase will take place on times and dates TBA for Sessions 1 and 2. Friends and family are welcome to view all designs and actively participate!

Sample Schedule

 ​​​​​​Please note:

The sample schedule below represents our best expectations for the next iteration of this program based on last year’s session. The schedule is subject to change as we continue to develop the details of the activities and incorporate various resources into the program based on availability.

Materials & Other Requirements

Materials

Beyond the robotics platform that will be provided as part of your participation, it is necessary you bring a laptop or tablet (with a physical keyboard) for this program. Any major brand is acceptable (ie. Apple, Windows, Linux, Chromebook, iOS, or Android). If you have any questions or concerns about compatibility, please reach out to program staff. If you are in need of material support, please contact program staff prior to arrival so we can loan the necessary technology for the duration of the session.

Other Requirements

Accessing Tufts Email

  • Critical university emails will go to your Tufts email address. You can access your Tufts email through a web‐based email reader used to manage your Tufts email. It includes calendar and contact management tools as well. You must read Tufts University email, since this is the primary way that the university will send you information about registration and payment. Access Tufts 365 via this link.
Social Activities

Social Activities

Many programs are also planning their own program-specific activities, often thematically relevant to the program content itself. Look out for these activities in the program description above and in the information provided after you enroll!

Residential 

Tufts Pre-College Programs staff is developing a series of social activities throughout the program so that students can meet each other across programs and so that students can participate outside of program hours. These programs include both on campus and weekend excursions throughout the city of Boston.  In the past activities have included Duck Tours, movie night, soccer, Guest speakers from a variety of disciplines, Lunch & Learns on topics such as goal setting, financial literacy and stress management, as well as Trivia Nights, Wellness Courses, and much more!  Confirmed social activity details will be provided closer to program start. 

Virtual

Virtual students will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of virtual social engagements with students from different modalities of program. Students will have an opportunity to sign up for these events one week prior to the event start.

 

 

Life at Tufts


 

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Whether you commute to our program, live with us on-campus, or participate virtually, we endeavor to make each moment of the student experience at Tufts memorable for our students. From our dorms to our dining halls, our athletic facilities to our check-in and orientation, all aspects of our programming are designed to inform and enable students to have a healthy, fulfilling, and safe summer.

Just five miles northwest of Boston, Tufts University’s Medford/Somerville tranquil campus sits on a hill overlooking the city. Our location offers a relaxed and safe campus environment with easy access to Boston.

Guidelines & Access


 

Safety & Campus Access

Safety & Campus Access


 

University Facilities

Students will have full access to the university’s facilities including the libraries, computer lab and student center. Students will also have full access to Tufts’ Steve Tisch Sports and Fitness center, featuring racquet courts, a swimming pool and cardio and weight-training equipment.

In addition, SMFA Studio Art Intensive students will have access to supervised studios and resources including, the W.Van Alan Clark Library, the media stockroom (where you can borrow any equipment necessary for your art), the School Store, the computer lab. See more details about our studios.

Health & Wellness

Tufts works hard to ensure the health and well-being of all of its students. Once accepted to the program, Tufts will ask all students to submit information related to their health and will collect details regarding allergies and accessibility concerns. Tufts and Residential Life staff will work together to ensure students’ routine medical needs are met.

Tufts also has procedures in-place for students with urgent or emergency needs, illnesses, or injuries. Our procedures combine on-campus and hospital-based care depending on the nature and severity of the issue. A student’s emergency contact will be notified, if one is provided, in the event of an issue. Please see our Health & Wellness Services page for additional information.

In any type of health & wellness emergency, students should immediately contact Tufts University Police at (617) 627-6911.

Please note: medical fees of any kind will be billed to the student and are not included in program fees.

Campus Security

Tufts University is considered very safe among U.S. college campuses. Although crime on campus is unusual, we do have an open campus in a major metropolitan area and we expect our students to exercise good judgment and responsibility as they navigate the campus. Tufts University maintains its own police department, on the job 24 hours a day, if an emergency arises. Each location is equipped with an emergency blue light phone system and residence halls require a current and valid Tufts ID card for entry and a mechanical key for access to bedrooms. Emergency processes and protocol will be reviewed during orientation.

For more information, please visit our Campus Safety page

COVID-19

COVID-19

To ensure the safety of our Pre-College students, we are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, and following local, state, and federal guidance as it pertains to our Pre-College programming.

Please see University College's COVID-19 page for specific information regarding Pre-College COVID-19 policies and procedures.

Tufts University is not only a leading institution of higher education and academic research, but it is leading the nation in terms of higher education's response to our public health crisis.

For more information about Tufts' response and action planning regarding COVID-19: Please visit Tufts University's COVID-19 homepage.

Supervision

Tufts takes the safety of its students seriously. All programs are staffed with resources appropriate to care for the size and nature of the program. Tufts makes reasonable efforts to secure background checks and to provide Title IX training to every staff person responsible for students in its Pre-College Programs.

Students are required to attend all elements of the program schedule and any expected absences must be communicated to program staff in advance. Tufts takes the safety of its students very seriously. As such, our current policy for Pre-College students states that students cannot be in a lab or leave campus during their program without the supervision of a staff member or explicit parental permission received through official processes.

Some elements of our supervision plan vary depending on how the student is interacting with our campus. Below is a brief overview of where to find information about this. Please note that not all programs offer Residential/Commuter/Virtual options, but the below applies when they do:

  • Residential Students: safety in the dorms is also paramount. Please see the Residential Students section below for more information about how our Residential Life program is staffed.
  • Commuter Students: the commute to campus and time outside of the program will not be monitored by program staff, although the Tufts University Police Department and other safety protocols (in which students will be trained) are available to Tufts community members at all times. Detailed information about traveling to each of our campuses, including details on parking, can be found here. Please check the course list if you do not know the campus on which your course meets. Please note: commuter students are not permitted to enter any residence halls on campus. 
  • Virtual Students: students are required to attend all elements of the program schedule and any expected absences must be communicated to program staff in advance. Tufts takes the safety of its students very seriously, even in the virtual environment. Students who enroll will receive more information about our virtual safety protocols.
Residential Students

Check-in

Check-in will begin at 9am on the first Sunday of the program. Students are welcome to arrive on campus and check in on Sunday between 9am and 5pm, between the hours of 12pm and 3pm if arriving by car. During check in, room assignments will be distributed and students will have the opportunity to meet their Residential Coordinator (RC) and roommates and unpack.

For students arriving from out of town on Sunday between 9am and 5pm, there is a shuttle service from the airport and train/bus station for students arriving from out of state. All details about arrival and departure travel will be communicated after you have been admitted to the program.

Students arriving outside of the specified window should be in-touch with us to discuss what accommodations can be arranged. While we make reasonable efforts to accommodate students who need to arrive early or depart late, we cannot guarantee the same services will be available to students arriving or departing outside of the specified windows.

Residential Life

Residential Students will get the full Tufts University experience by living on-campus in one of Tufts' Undergraduate dorms! Rooms are air-conditioned with 24/7 security and hospitality; accessible rooms may be available upon request.

Bedrooms will be doubles on a common hall. Halls are divided by gender and age and students are grouped into smaller communities known as Resident Advisor groups. Roommates and RA groups are determined based on the pre-program housing questionnaire and taking into account age and geographic diversity. Full bedding and towels will be provided and will be replaced weekly. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus.

Resident Coordinators (RCs) will live on each hall and will work to create a strong, supportive residential community. A Resident Coordinator's role is to support students in every aspect of their summer experience while serving as a mentor and active leader. 

The residence hall is secured at all times and students are required to use a current, valid Tufts ID card for entry into the building. Each individual dormitory room is secured with either a mechanical or digital lock.

A dedicated residential staff oversees student safety during the entirety of the program. Students are honor bound to follow clear safety protocols whether on campus or in the city, and are required to use the buddy system during free time. Tufts takes the safety of its students seriously. All programs are staffed with resources appropriate to care for the size and nature of the program. Tufts makes reasonable efforts to secure background checks and to provide Title IX training to every staff person responsible for students in its Pre-College Programs.

See our policy section for additional information and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions and concerns.

Residential Staff

Residential staff will support students as they adjust to living in a dormitory and being responsible members of a summer program community. The residence staff will include a director, senior staff and one resident advisor for every ten students. Prior to the program, residence staff will be trained to lead student groups, manage student conflict and resolution and oversee all safety aspects on program. They will begin the program well prepared to meet the needs of all Tufts Pre-College Program students.

Dining

Residential program fees include three meals per day and brunch / dinner on Sundays. All meals on the Medford/Somerville campus will be at Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center, conveniently located a few minutes from student housing. Dewick-MacPhie provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and an organic salad bar. All meals on the Boston Fine Arts (SMFA), Boston Health Sciences, or Grafton campuses will be provided through boxed lunches or by Tufts staff. Tufts staff will also provide meals for program related activities taking place off-campus. Tufts dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Please advise us of dietary needs during the application process.

Activities & Trips

We want your summer to be fun too! It is summer after all! Residential Life staff will be planning trips and activities throughout the summer that will allow students to make friends, build relationships, and relax from the world-class academic work they will be doing in the classroom.

Daily Activities

Daily activities might include ice cream socials, midnight pancakes, trips to local coffee houses for poetry readings, lectures around campus, visits to Davis Square, etc. The cost of most of these activities will be included, however incidentals like coffee at the coffee house or public transportation fares for an optional activity will not be covered by the program.

Many programs are also planning their own program-specific activities, often thematically relevant to the program content itself. Look out for these activities in the program description above and in the information provided after you enroll!

Trips

Examples of past weekend trips include excursions to Six Flags New England, Crane Beach in Ipswich, downtown Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Duck Boat tours, Charles River Cruises, and more! Please note that weekend trips vary from year to year and these are only examples of the kinds of trips this program might include.The cost of any such excursions (including transportation, entrance fees, regularly scheduled meals, and supervision) is included in the cost of the program, although souvenirs, extra food, and other incidentals is not.

Commuter Students

Note: We are closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, and following local, state, and federal guidance as it pertains to our residential programming. Information below is subject to change as the situation develops.

Commuting to the Program

We know that for some students, living on campus is not the best option. We welcome you to our program! For commuter students, the program will begin at 8:45am on the first Monday of the program with an orientation and end at 2:00pm on the last Friday of the program with a closing event. Saturdays and Sundays are not program days and commuter students are not expected on campus on these days. During each day of the program, commuter students should arrive on campus at 8:45am, and proceed directly to their program's location. SFMA Studio Art students have the option to meet at Medford and take the bus to SMFA, or meet at the SMFA campus. Students must depart from campus by 6:00pm at the latest, though students may leave at the end of their afternoon sessions at 5:00pm on most days. Students remaining on campus past 6:00pm, arriving before 8:45am, or on non-program days will not be under the care of program staff (parents accept responsibility)

Commuter students and their parents are responsible for ensuring their student travels to and from campus safely and on time each day. Detailed information about traveling to the Medford / Somerville campus and the Boston Fine Arts campus, including details on parking, can be found here.

Please note: commuter students are not permitted to enter any residence halls on campus. Breakfast / dinner are not provided for these students.

Dining

Students can purchase breakfast or dinner onsite with credit card, debit card, cash, or JumboCash. All meals on the Medford/Somerville campus will be at Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center, conveniently located a few minutes from student housing. Dewick-MacPhie provides a wide variety of menu choices, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and an organic salad bar. All meals on the Boston Fine Arts (SMFA), Boston Health Sciences, or Grafton campuses will be provided through boxed lunches or by Tufts staff. Tufts staff will also provide meals for program related activities taking place off-campus. Tufts dining is able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and preferences. Please advise us of dietary needs during the application process.

Application & Policies


 

Application Deadlines & Materials

Engineering Design Lab is a highly competitive program that fills up quickly. We highly recommend applying as early as possible.

Application & Key Enrollment Dates

Priority deadlines may apply. Admission granted on a rolling basis.

Note: all dates are as of 11:59PM ET

Application Opens Deadline: All Materials Deadline: Payment Deadline: Enrollment Forms
December 1 June 1 May 15** June 15

**Applications submitted after the payment deadline will require payment in full on admission to hold their seat.

Program Eligibility

General Requirements

Entering high school grades 10-12 *or* a Spring 2022 high school graduate.

Residential Students

Students electing to live in the dorms or to attend a residential program must be at least 15 at the start of the program and no older than 17 before the program end date.

International Students

Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply to and attend our pre-college programs.

Non-Native English Speakers

If you indicate that English is not your primary language, you will be asked to submit evidence of English Language proficiency. Please see our "How to Apply" page for details.

Application Requirements

Step 1: Complete an Online Application

The online application will ask you for the following information:

  • Basic personal information, including parents/guardians and emergency contact (if you are under 18, we will contact a parent for permission to enroll)
  • Program preferences (e.g., whether you would like to be a residential or commuter student)
  • Contact information for 1 individual to submit a Letter of Recommendation - this individual can be a teacher, counselor, or mentor. We will contact this individual on your behalf.
  • Test scores - optional, unless you must submit scores as evidence of English proficiency
  • Warrants and signatures

If you need to log back into this application after starting, click here: return to my application.

Step 2: Upload Your High School Transcript

During your application process, you will be asked to provide us with contact information for an official from your high school. They will receive an email with further instructions to upload your transcript.

Step 3: Parental Consent and Letter of Recommendation

As a part of your application, you will be asked to provide contact information for both a parent/guardian and a recommender. Once you submit your application, our systems will automatically email the parent/guardian and recommender you listed in the application with instructions for how to fill out the online permission or recommendation form.

Please note your application will not be considered submitted and review of your application will not begin until the materials from Step 2 and Step 3 have been received by Tufts Pre-College Programs.

Pre-College Admissions Decision

Once an applicant has submitted an application and all required admissions documents are received, the applicant will be considered for admission by the Tufts Pre-College Programs review committee for the specific program(s) to which they applied.

Decisions are made on a rolling basis and students will typically receive an official email informing them of their admissions status within 10 business days of Tufts receiving all required materials.

If you do not receive your email within two weeks of all materials being submitted, please contact us at precollege@tufts.edu or 617-627-2926.

Disclaimer: This program is not related to Tufts University Undergraduate Admissions. Participation in this program does not result in admission to a Tufts University degree program. Tufts reserves the right to admit as requested, to deny admission, or to offer provisional admission. The program will not provide feedback to applicants if admission is denied.

Post-Enrollment Materials

Admitted students must do the following prior to the start of the program:

A $550 deposit must be received within 10 days of admission until the payment deadline of May 15th or until the program fills, at which time enrollment is secured only by full tuition payment.

Should the above not be completed prior to the stated deadlines, the student will be automatically withdrawn from the program.

Tuition & Fees

Program Fees - Summer 2023

Key Financial Policies

Refund Policies - COVID

Billing & Payment Policies

All Policies

Commuter Program Fee: $4,000  Materials Fee: $200

  • Includes: all program activities, use of select campus facilities, included program and residential excursions and daily activities, staff-accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.
  • Excludes: residential accommodations, breakfast/dinner/weekend meals, airfare/transportation to and from home city or residence, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, required vaccinations, medical and dental expenses, any non-program-related transportation needs, and anything not explicitly stated above.

Residential Program Fee: $5,500  Materials Fee: $200

  • Includes: all program activities, various materials for use in labs and skills-building activities, room, 3 meals per day (brunch / dinner on Sundays), use of select campus facilities, included program and residential excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.
  • Excludes: airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, required vaccinations, medical and dental expenses, any non-program-related transportation needs, and anything not explicitly stated above.

 

 

Non-Refundable Program Deposit: $550

  • A pre-payment on program fees is required to reserve space in the program
  • This deposit will be applied toward program fees and is not an additional fee
  • The balance of payment for program fees is due upon notification of charges, and no later than May 15
  • This deposit is non-refundable in the event of withdrawal from the program

Health Fees - TBA

Health Insurance: TBD, only if evidence of valid U.S.-based health insurance for the entire duration of the program is not presented (Summer 2022: $$63.75)

  • Coverage Dates: TBD
  • Students carrying sufficient, U.S.-based health insurance valid for the entire duration of the program do not need to pay this fee
  • All high school students enrolled in Tufts Pre-College Programs must carry valid U.S.-based health insurance valid for the entire duration of the program
  • Students will be asked to provide evidence of sufficient insurance during the enrollment process. If your student has sufficient insurance, no further action will be necessary
  • Those who do not have sufficient insurance will be automatically enrolled in and billed for a qualifying plan for the duration of the program. If evidence of qualifying insurance in presented by June 15, we will reverse the insurance enrollment and charges.

Vaccinations: TBD, only if evidence of required vaccinations is not presented (Summer 2022: $100-$300 per vaccine)

  • Students who can demonstrate that all required vaccinations were received prior to the program start date do not need to pay these fees
  • All high school students enrolled in Tufts Pre-College Programs must show evidence of required vaccinations during the enrollment process. If your student has all required vaccinations, no further action will be necessary
  • Those who do not have all required vaccinations will be asked to provide further documentation or will be required to receive the vaccination, with parental consent, while on campus. If a student receives the vaccination while on campus the student will be responsible for the associated fee and grades / transcripts will be with-held for non-payment. If a student does not provide appropriate documentation or agree to receive the vaccination while on campus, Tufts reserves the right to remove the student from the program

 

Financial Aid

Availability of Awards

Tufts Pre-College Programs are committed to aiding students from all backgrounds. Although we have only limited need-based financial aid available, we do our best to distribute the funds to students for whom it can make the greatest difference in their ability to attend.

Financial Aid awards are made on a rolling basis to students with demonstrated need. We aim to provide enough aid to eligible students that they are able to successfully enroll and participate in the program. Seasonal aid awards are as follows:

  • Fall: we currently do not offer aid for the Fall term
  • Spring: we currently do not offer aid for the Spring term
  • Summer: we will typically distribute awards monthly beginning in February and will continue until the enrollment deadline or until aid is fully distributed

If financial assistance is essential to your ability to attend the program, we recommend that you wait to pay the $550 non-refundable deposit until you have received your financial aid decision. Award decisions will be issued twice per month.

Students with undocumented status are considered for financial like any other U.S. citizen or permanent resident. If you are undocumented or have DACA status and want more information about how to apply for financial aid, please call our office at 617-627-2926.

Please note:

  • International students are not eligible for financial aid at this time. Families should expect to contribute to the remaining portion of the program cost as well as other expenses like travel, books, etc. 
  • We currently do not offer aid for students participating in our Leadership for Social Change Intensive

Process

  1. Complete the Admissions Application for the pre-college program you would like to attend.
  2. During the application process, you will be asked to indicate whether you are interested in being considered for financial aid.
  3. After submission, you will have the option of completing a financial aid application in your student portal
  4. We will review your financial aid application. Your financial aid application will be considered for the next monthly aid award(s). Award decisions will be issued twice per month.
  5. If you receive an award,
    1. You will be notified by email of the amount of the award
    2. You will have 10 days (including weekends and holidays) to accept the award by completing your Financial Aid Award Form and submitting your deposit. If you have received a full financial aid scholarship you are not required to pay your deposit, as it is covered by your scholarship. 
    3. Tufts Pre-College Programs will then credit your student account with the amount of financial aid you received
    4. Please note: Your enrollment in the program is still contingent on payment of any remaining balance after the award is applied to your account, and on receiving your enrollment forms
  6. If you do not receive an award you will be notified via email

 

Policies

Please see the policies section of this website for a complete list of applicable policies.