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Program Overview



Join our community of artists and makers, and spend your summer exploring known and new mediums and developing as an artist. Take art school for a test drive by engaging with SMFA at Tufts’ interdisciplinary approach to art making and create conceptually sophisticated artwork. As you learn to work with new materials and deepen your understanding of familiar mediums, you will make connections to bigger ideas. 

Over the course of the program, you will participate in foundation classes that will blur the lines between disciplines. Led by a team of qualified artists and educators, students will get instruction on advancing technical skills such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and animation; allowing you to build a portfolio of materially complex, intentional works of art. 

Group critiques led by instructors, visits to the SMFA at Tufts art library, and field trips to world-renowned museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, will encourage you to think deeply about what it means to make art!

Program Highlights
  • Expand your art practice with the introduction of new materials and ideas
  • Work one-on-one with faculty and staff to develop your portfolio
  • Get your art portfolio reviewed by SMFA at Tufts admissions representatives
  • Refine your approach to making art and renew your creativity in dedicated studio spaces
  • Live in the Tufts' Medford campus dormitories and experience life as an SMFA at Tufts student
  • Take advantage of visits to world-renowned museums, such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum
Program Outcomes
  • Develop an elevated approach to conceptual artmaking
  • Gain exposure to new mediums and disciplines
  • Gather inspiration through visits to renowned art institutions in Boston
  • Experience being a collegiate art student 
  • Hands-on learning experiences with SMFA at Tufts faculty, staff, admissions team and more
Student Work
Malena Sullivan- Summer 2021
Annie Shuford painting
Annie Shuford - Summer 2022

Dixie Rivera- Summer 2020

Artwork done by Sophie Ader (2022)
Sophie Ader - 2022

Giorgia Giannico - Summer 2020

Painting of woman's back with eyes done by Sophie Ader
Sophie Ader - Summer 2022
John Bial- Summer 2021
Malena Sullivan- Summer 2021

Note: this page represents our best expectations for the program we will deliver this summer, but due to the ever-evolving situation, 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

Grace (Gray) Winburne, Program Lead

Grace (Gray) Winburne is a current MFA student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Their work focuses on sculpture and installation processes to talk about fatness, queerness, and body politics through craft. 

In grad school, Gray is a part of the Graduate Student Council, a teaching assistant in the Sculpture and Fibers department, and a founding member of the upcoming Graduate Critique Club. They have two shows coming up, including a solo installation at Boston Sculptors Gallery’s Launchpad space. Besides art practice, her studies focus on higher education, community building, and fat/queer histories.

Matthew Steinke, Program Instructor

University College

Matt Steinke is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Rhode Island. His practice explores the real-time interactions between visible and invisible spaces manifested through new experiments combining sculpture, sound, performance, music, code, text, video, and robotics.

His immersive installations employ autonomous sound-producing mechanisms that generate a range of methodical and chaotic performances via custom programming and electronics. Constructed from found materials, clay, paint, wood, and metal, Steinke’s hybrid sculptures generate kinetic movement and physical sound. They function as self-contained engagement systems that guide spectators through meditations on consumerism, morality, transcendence, ecology, and health. Prompted by found technology, code, media, and text, each work is based on an identity or a location– an individuated articulation about a possible future.

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Abigail Wamboldt, Program Instructor

University College

Abigail Wamboldt is a painter currently residing in Rhode Island. She received a BFA from Montserrat College of Art, an MFA from the University of New Hampshire, and is a recipient of the Edwin & Mary Schafer Award, a grant which allowed her to study in Italy. She has been teaching at the collegiate level for ten years, and currently teaches drawing, painting and foundations at several colleges around New England. She is also a member of Hera Gallery and Education Foundation, and endeavors to exhibit work with organizations that foster dialogue and innovation.

Her artistic practice gravitates towards tactile materials that allow physical immersion in the experience of producing an artwork. Patterns and repetitions are a consistent, subtle part of her art. These patterns provide a structure in which human forms undulate. Sometimes the patterns eliminate the figurative quality, obscuring the human form being embedded under the repetitions. Many of these patterns are derived from fractals in nature. Human development is based on both nature and nurture. Through the painting process Wamboldt is engaged in examining how these elements harmonize together to create an individual's multifaceted identity.

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Steve Novick, Program Instructor

University College

Steve Novick’s work incorporates, and is prompted by, found elements. These provide a sort of social vocabulary, gleaned from material culture, that fuels meditations on consumption, language, and nature.

Steve earned his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. He has been the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council sculpture grant and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.

One-person shows include O•H+T Gallery in Boston, Artspace in New Haven, the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury MA, and 3S Artspace in Portsmouth NH. Group shows include the Painting Center and the National Academy Museum in New York, the Masur Museum of Art in Louisiana, and Manifest in Cincinnati. Steve’s work has been reviewed in the Boston Globe, the New York Sun, and Art New England.

Steve is also a Professor in the Art & Design Foundation Studies program at Suffolk University in Boston. He lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts.

Program Details


 

Program Format

Orientation

All program orientations will begin on the Monday of the program start at the SMFA at Tufts in Boston! At this time, we will review the program schedule, discuss policies specific to the SMFA at Tufts, and introduce you to your program staff. Check in for residential students is on Sunday preceding program start - see ‘Residential Student’ dropdown for more information.

Program Structure

The SMFA Studio Art Intensive combines the following program elements to fully immerse students in the SMFA at Tufts' interdisciplinary approach to art: 

  • Foundational Study in Drawing and Painting, Sculpture/3D, and Digital Media/Animation: Over the three weeks, all students will participate in foundational study sections  that provide instruction and technique advancement in drawing/painting, sculpture/3D, and digital media. Students will work with a range of materials from acrylic paints and charcoal to wire, found objects, and digital animation. Each area of study will build towards a final project that allows students to use their learning to explore ideas, make connections across mediums and materials that interest them. Students are encouraged to connect their projects across mediums, creating a cohesive body of work.
  • Open Studio Time: in rotation with their foundations course, all students will spend time developing their work during dedicated open studio time. During this time, students will have the opportunity to collaborate with one another, seek 1:1 support from instructors and course assistants, explore resources in the SMFA library, experiment with new materials, iterate on ideas from classroom assignments, and more! 
  • Visit World-Renowned Art Museums: Students will spend time exploring the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. With guidance from their instructors, students will learn from and be inspired by the vast collection of artworks housed just steps from the SMFA at Tufts campus.
  • Learn About Applying to Art School and the Portfolio Development Process: With multiple opportunities to hear from and meet with the SMFA at Tufts admissions team, the program will demystify the process of applying to art school and will help students learn what is needed to build a strong portfolio.

Closing Event: Final Exhibit 

On the last day of the program, students will participate in a final exhibition attended by family, friends, faculty and other members of the SMFA at Tufts’ community. Students will have the chance to experience what it’s like to work in exhibitions by collaboratively curating and installing the show. The Exhibit will occur on the last day of the program, and will conclude by 2pm. Exact details and invitations will be forthcoming.

 

Sample Schedule

Please note: The below represents a sample schedule based on our best expectations for the in-person iteration of this program. The schedule is subject to change as we continue to develop the program to be as meaningful as possible for our students.

Sample schedule of week 1 at SMFA Studio Art
Sample schedule of week 2 at SMFA Studio Art
Sample schedule of week 3 at SMFA Studio Art

 

Materials & Other Requirements

Materials

A critical part of this experience is engaging with the content material, faculty, and peers as much as possible. All art supplies will be provided at the school. If there is a material that you love to work with, and it's easy for you to bring to the program, feel free to bring it!

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. Once accepted to the program, students will receive communication from Tufts Student Services regarding email and Tufts account activation.

Technical Needs

Students may wish to bring a personal laptop with them to the program. Animation and computer-based instruction will take place in a Mac lab at the SMFA. Personal laptops may be useful for evening or weekend work.

Pre-College Program Social Activities

Pre-College Program 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 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 nights, 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 the program. Students will have an opportunity to sign up for these events one week prior to the event's start.

Life at Tufts as a Pre-College Student


 

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Whether you commute to our program, live with us on-campus, or participate virtually, we strive to make each moment of the student experience at Tufts memorable. From our dorms to our dining halls, and 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 for High School Pre-College Programs

Safety & Campus Access for High School Pre-College Programs


 

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, and 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.

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 protocols 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 Tufts' 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 information.

Supervision for High School Pre-College Programs

Supervision for High School Pre-College Programs


 

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 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.
Pre-College Program Residential Students

Pre-College Program Residential Students


 

Check-in

Check-in will begin at 9 am on the first Sunday of the program (or Monday, 7/1, for Tufts College Experience & Tufts Summer Research Experience). Students are welcome to arrive on campus and check in on Sunday between 9 am and 5 pm, and between the hours of 12 pm and 3 pm 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 their program's arrival day between 9 am and 5 pm, 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 in 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, taking into account age and geographic diversity. Full bedding and towels will be provided and replaced weekly. Wi-Fi is available throughout campus.

Resident Coordinators (RCs) will live in each hall and 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 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 of the 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 are not.

Pre-College Program Commuter Students

High School Summer Program for Commuter Students


 

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 9:00am 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.

Medford/ Somerville: For more information on commuting to the Medford Campus click here.

SMFA: During each day of the program, commuter students should arrive on the Fenway (SMFA) campus at 9:30am, and proceed directly to their program's location. Students must depart from campus at 4:30pm. Students remaining on campus past 4:45pm, arriving before 9:15am, or on non-program days will not be under the care of program staff (parents accept responsibility). Detailed information about traveling to the Fenway (SMFA) campus, including details on parking and public transportation, can be found here. Alternatively, commuter students may opt to take the bus with residential SMFA Studio Art participants travelling between Tufts Medford/Somerville campus and the SMFA Fenway campus. Commuter students opting for this option must arrive at the Somerville/Medford campus by 8:45am and be picked up at the Somerville/Medford campus at 5:15pm. No alternative transportation will be provided for students who arrive to campus after the bus departs. Specific meeting location and updated times (as needed) to be provided closer to program start.

AVM: During each day of the program, commuter students should arrive on the Grafton campus at 9:00am, and proceed directly to their program's location. Adventures in Veterinary Medicine students have the option to meet at Medford and take the bus to the Grafton campus, or meet at the Grafton 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 Grafton 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 commuter students.

Dining

Students can purchase breakfast or dinner onsite at the Medford / Somerville campus 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 Fenway (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

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: Application Deadline: Payment Deadline: Enrollment Forms
December 1 May 1 May 15 June 1

Program Eligibility

General Requirements

  • Entering high school grades 10-12 *or* a Spring 2024 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 19 before the program end date.

International Students

Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply to and attend our pre-college programs, although please note we cannot sponsor visas for this program.

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)
  • Art Portfolio or at least three pieces of artwork
  • Statement of Interest
  • 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:

  • $550 deposit must be received within 10 days of admission until the payment deadline (May 15) or until the program fills, at which time enrollment is secured only by full tuition payment
  • Complete all enrollment forms and/or follow-up requests prior to the stated deadline

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

Tuition & Fees

Key Financial Policies

 

Refund Policies

Billing & Payment Policies

All Policies

 

Program Fees - Summer 2024

Commuter Program Fee: $5,000 + $200 Materials Fee

  • Includes: all program activities, materials and supplies, 1 meal per weekday (lunch), opening/closing events, use of select campus facilities, included program excursions and daily activities.
  • 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: $6,750 + $200 Materials Fee

  • Includes: all program activities, materials and supplies, bed in a double-room in a Tufts dormitory, 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.

Health Fees - TBA

Health Insurance: TBA, only if evidence of valid U.S.-based health insurance for the entire duration of the program is not presented (Summer 2022: $93.50)

  • 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, and are an international student, 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: TBA, only if evidence of required vaccinations is not presented (Summer 2019: $50-$180 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
Pre-College Program: Financial Aid

Pre-College 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 so 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 aid 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.
Pre-College Program: Policies

Pre-College Program: Policies


 

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