Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will I find out if I am admitted into COSMOS?
A: You will be notified of admission decisions on March 27th at 5pm (PDT) via the online account established when you applied.

Q: How much does COSMOS cost?
A: Tuition for Summer 2020 costs $4,128 ($200 nonrefundable deposit and $3,928 remaining tuition) and includes room and board. Tuition for non-California residents is $6,500.

Q: Is financial aid available?
A: Yes, Financial aid is available for California Residents and distributed on a need-basis. Please ensure that you select that you would like to apply for financial aid on your online application, as the deadline is February 7th, 2020. Note that all required documentation needs to be mailed, and postmarked, to our Statewide Office in Davis no later than the deadline. 

Q: Who do I speak with if I have a question regarding financial aid or payments?
A: Please contact Helen Barr directly at with any financial questions you may have. We DO NOT handle any financial aspect of the program at our respective site.

Q: Where do I mail my financial aid documentation?
A: COSMOS Statewide Office
230 Physical Sciences & Engineering Library
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Q: What is an official high school transcript?
A: An official high school transcript is requested from your counselor or School Registrar. You must ensure that the document is signed, sealed, and sent out by the postmark deadline of February 7th, 2020. Any missing, opened, or late submissions WILL NOT be considered.  

Q: I’m in 9th grade – what if I don’t have an official high school transcript or grades?
A: All 9th graders must submit an Official Transcript with their 9th grade courses, if available, along with a copy of their 8th grade report card. If unavailable, please provide us with a list of courses you are currently enrolled in, even if grades are not reflected. 

Q: Can I change clusters after I am accepted?
A: No, if you choose to accept our offer of admission, it is only to the cluster to which you are initially admitted. 

Q: Can I get high school or college credit for completing COSMOS?
A: COSMOS is a summer enrichment program and does not grant academic credit. Additionally, there are no tests or grades associated with our program. 

Q: I may have some prior commitments during some of the days of COSMOS. Is it okay if I leave for a few days and return?
A: No, participants must be available for the duration of the four week program. The courses are condensed and fast-paced, and to ensure the full experience you cannot afford to miss.

Q: If I remain on campus for the weekend, do I have to participate in the recreational field trips?
A: Yes, all students who remain on campus participate in weekend field trips. Students are not allowed to remain in the dorms unattended.

Q: Can I go home if I do not wish to participate in weekend activities?
A: Yes, you may go home during the weekend; check out takes place from 4pm-6:30pm on Friday and 8am-6pm on Sunday. Students are required to check-in their room and meal cards upon check out and must return back to campus no later than 6:00pm on Sunday. 

NOTE: there is no Saturday check-out, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Q: Can I receive mail while I am attending COSMOS?
A: Yes, you will be staying in the Middle Earth Dorms. Mailing address will be provided closer to the program start date. 

Q: May I have visitors during the program?
A: Yes, but only on Sunday. If you decide to remain on campus for the weekend(s), your immediate family may visit on Sundays between 8am and 6:30pm and take you off campus. 

Q: What exactly is the “residential life” noted in the COSMOS schedule?
A: During this time, you will be able to interact with other COSMOS students and staff and participate in the numerous recreational and academic activities. 

Q: Can I bring my computer?
A: Yes, you may bring your own laptop or desktop computer. Just keep in mind that COSMOS is not responsible for damage or loss.

Q: Do I have internet access in my room?
A: Yes, wifi is accessible throughout Middle Earth Housing. 

Q: Can I bring my car to COSMOS?
A: No, as a high school student, you will not be able to purchase a permit. Your family will need to take you to and from campus.

Q: I would like to have my own room, is that possible?
A: No single occupancy rooms are available for the summer.

Q: Are athletic facilities available for use while I attend COSMOS?
A: Non UCI students are NOT ALLOWED access to any athletic facility during the summer. We are unable to make any accommodations to this rule. 

Q: Will I need spending money?
A: It is encouraged to bring pocket money as you will have some opportunities to purchase food and souvenirs during scheduled field trips.

Q: Is travel to and from UCI included in financial assistance?
A: No, financial assistance covers only the tuition cost. Students are responsible for transportation to and from UC Irvine, so please plan accordingly if you will be flying in for the summer program. 

Q: I will be traveling by airline to COSMOS. How should I plan to get to campus?
A: You will need to make your own arrangements for ground transportation. Admitted students will receive directions to campus/Middle Earth Housing.