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Parents and guardians play a crucial role in their student's success. Your support and encouragement may be all they need to take the steps to apply, be accepted and attend the program. COSMOS is committed to working with you to make your student's experience a positive and engaging one.

The links above have important and interesting information. In the COSMOS Handbook you will find details about arriving to campus, where you might rent a bike for your student, and who to contact in an emergency. If you need to pick your student up for the weekend you will find the Short Term Leave form under Participant Forms.

Why COSMOS

COSMOS offers high achieving math and science students the opportunity to challenge themselves in ways not traditionally available to them in the high school setting. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and supplies, one-on-one contact with world renowned scientists, researchers and mathematicians, and exposure to inventors, scientists and researchers in Industry.

Some of the academic connections students make at COSMOS are life-long or may simply inspire students to pursue a specific field of study not otherwise considered. COSMOS alumni will also have exclusive opportunities to apply for internships, college scholarships, mini research grants, and special events.

While academic credit is not awarded at the conclusion of the program COSMOS is considered an Academic Preparation Program for which students who participate can indicate so on their University of California admissions application. Some UC campuses give special consideration to those who have participated in COSMOS. Non-UCs may also be familiar with COSMOS. We encourage you to keep a copy of your COSMOS acceptance letter as well as your Certificate of Completion for verification of participation.

FINANCIAL AID
Financial assistance is optional, and availability is dependent on fundraising efforts by COSMOS Statewide each year.  Financial aid funds are the result of generous foundation, corporate, and individual donors who care about the success of COSMOS students.  For more information about making a donation or learning about our donors visit our giving site

WHAT IT COVERS
The State of California and the University of California Office of the President subsidize a significant part of the cost of attendance for California resident students.  The reduced tuition covers four-weeks in on-campus dormitories with three meals per day, instruction, distinguished speakers, and all materials required to be an active and engaged participant. Financial aid funds are used to assist families with the student portion of the tuition.  Access is critical to our mission in serving the State of California. however, financial aid is awarded based on need and available funds.

POLICIES
A request for financial aid will not affect your application eligibility, since awards are determined by COSMOS Statewide for the entirety of the State program. Financial aid is only available to financially eligible California students, out-of-state students are not eligible for financial assistance.  Not all applicants will receive financial aid, but every effort is made to provide eligible students assistance.

Financial aid requests must be complete and submitted with your application to COSMOS, and supporting documentation must be postmarked by the application deadline.  Documentation must include gross annual family income and total number of dependents. Typical documentation includes a tax transcript from the IRS or copies of your 1040 (please redact social security numbers).  Failure to submit documentation by the deadline will render your financial aid application incomplete, but not your program application, and you will not be eligible for financial aid if admitted.  Requests for financial aid are not accepted after application deadline.

Parents and guardians play a crucial role in their student's success. Your support and encouragement may be all they need to take the steps to apply, be accepted and attend the program. COSMOS is committed to working with you to make your student's experience a positive and engaging one.

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