Summer STEM FAQ

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Who can apply to Summer STEM?  

Any student that will be a 10th, 11th or 12th grader next year during the 2020-2021 school year. 

How much does the program cost? 

The cost varies by class. See class descriptions for cost. 

When in tuition due?  

A $500 deposit is due 5 days after the class assignment is sent. The remainder of the tuition is due two weeks prior to the start of your program. 

What if I need to withdraw from the program due to a COVID-19 crisis in my family? Can I get a refund? 

You can withdraw from the program for a reason related to COVID-19 through the Friday before your program begins and receive a refund. Once the program starts, no refunds will be provided. If Summer STEM is canceled for any reason, all tuition will be refunded. 

Who can apply for financial aid? 

Financial Aid is not longer available for Summer STEM 2020.

How do I apply for financial aid? 

Financial Aid is no longer available for Summer 2020.

I registered for the program buy my family's ability to pay has changed. Am I still eligible for financial aid? 

All students will need to pay the $500 deposit for the class.  If your ability to pay changes after you pay the deposit, email us at summerstem@cooper.edu. Limited financial assistance is available for student living in New York City.

When will I be notified if I am accepted to Summer STEM? 

New students will be notified of their acceptance and class assignment within four business days after they submit their application and first and second choice class selection. 

What happens if I do not accept my class assignment before the deadline? 

Unclaimed seats will be offered to wait listed students. If you do not accept and pay your tuition by the deadline given in your acceptance email but still wish to attend, you can request to be added to the wait list. 

What happens if I want to change classes? 

We do not permit students to changes classes after a student accepts a class assignment. Changing classes prior to accepting a class assignment depends on the availability of seats. Due to the limited number of seats in many classes, we do not expect to be able to reassign students to a different class. 

What is the class size?  

The number of students varies by class. Students will meet as a large group in the morning and in small groups of 5-8 students in the afternoon. 

Is there a student orientation?  

The program orientation takes place the morning of the first day of each program. 

I only have consistent WiFi on my smart phone. Can I participate? 

Maybe. It depends on the class.   

For Design and Drawing for Engineering and Environmental Engineering, 70% of the class activities can be done on a phone or offline. You will need a computer for learning the engineering software and developing your project, portfolio and presentation. 

For the other classes, you will need to work on a computer during class time.  

I am not sure if my computer or phone will work for the class. What should I do? 

We will be holding technology test meetings the week prior to your program. You will be sent an email inviting you to join a test session. 

I am taking care of my siblings during the summer. Can I participate? 

Yes, mostly. Siblings are welcome to join the morning workshops provided they follow the community guidelines. They can also do the off-line activities. However, the afternoon breakout sessions are designed for specific numbers of participants and cannot accommodate guests. 

Please inform your instructor if a sibling will be attending class with you. 

I am an international student. Can I participate? 

International students can participate. Note that the workshops are live and will not be recorded. Material kits will be mailed to students living within the United States only. 

My family is not comfortable signing the participation and media waiver. Can I participate? 

Yes. However, you will not be able to turn on your camera during class, participate in the discussion or use your name in any of the online programs or work that you create. A Summer STEM staff member will contact you to confirm the guidelines for your participation.  

Can I use my project for a science fair or other demonstration? 

Yes. Individual projects can be used for science fairs, demonstrations or competitions provided you acknowledge the contributions of your instructor(s) as well as any classmates that assisted you on the project. Please note that STEM Outreach will provide recommendation letters for applications.  However, we do not assist students with completing the application. 

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