What is PEP?
Rhode Island College’s Preparatory Enrollment Program (PEP) is a precollege academic program designed for a limited number of Rhode Island high school seniors who do not meet the criteria for regular admission to Rhode Island College. PEP offers the opportunity for students to develop and strengthen the skills needed for success in college and beyond. Preference is given to first generation, low-income students who would benefit from additional academic support in college.
How does PEP prepare you for Rhode Island College?
PEP consists of two academic phases intended to prepare you for the college-level work you will face at Rhode Island College. The first phase begins in the spring prior to enrollment at the college. PEP students come to campus one evening a week for six weeks to attend classes in developmental writing and to meet with their PEP counselor. The second phase, which occurs during the summer, consists of six weeks of intensive academic study. You will live on campus in college residence halls while taking a writing course and a freshman-level General Education course.
After successfully completing the spring and summer phases of the program, and upon recommendation from the director of PEP, you will be enrolled as a full-time degree student at Rhode Island College. PEP students are required to live on campus during their freshman year. PEP professional staff will provide you with academic and personal counseling until you graduate.
What financial assistance is available for PEP students?
Rhode Island College provides you with the best possible financial support. Whenever possible, the college will award grants to avoid accumulation of loans or reliance on work-study jobs. All costs of the spring and summer sessions are paid for by Rhode Island College. When you enroll at Rhode Island College in the fall, your financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid, will be met 100% through grants for your first year of study. In the sophomore, junior, and seniors years, the Office of Student Financial Aid will make every effort to continue meeting 100% of your financial need.
Required PEP Admission Materials:
- Completed Common Application and RIC Supplement. This includes the required 250-500 word college essay. The $50 application fee is waived for PEP applicants (see your guidance counselor for an online fee waiver code).
- Official high school transcript(s) (provided by your guidance counselor).
- At least one personal and one academic written recommendation.
- Official scores on the SAT or ACT with Writing sent to Rhode Island College.
- Once all application materials are received, including high school transcripts, eligible applicants may be invited to the college for a personal interview.
- Completed PEP Eligibility Form which may be obtained from your guidance counselor or downloaded from the admissions website at http://www.ric.edu/admissions.edu.
- Copy of your own and your parents’/guardians’ federal income tax forms.
- Completed Rhode Island College Financial Aid Application sent to the college’s Office of Student Financial Aid.
- Completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).