SPARK: How to Apply
2015 Program Dates
July 12 – 24, 2015
For middle school students who have completed grades 6 through 8 by the start of the program. The minimum age is 12.
for the 2-week program
SPARK - Science for Middle School
Prospective students must apply for admission. For SPARK, there is no application deadline, however, students are strongly encouraged to apply early to have the best chance of enrolling in first-choice courses
When evaluating applicants for the SPARK program, Brown looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and some level of maturity particularly for younger students. When filling out the application, students are encouraged to:
(a) List their own email address AND that of their parents
(b) List an educational reference whom we may contact for additional information, if applicable
A complete application consists of the following items:
1. A completed Application Form
To begin your application, create a connect.brown.edu account by following the link above, click the My Application tab, and select the Non-Credit Application application type.
Parents and Students: Please be sure to create only one account per applicant. Course selection and enrollment takes place AFTER program admission and receipt of $300 program deposit.
2. An essay (submitted as part of your application), in which you tell us where your academic interests lie; why these areas interest you; what preparation you have for further study in these areas; what you hope to gain from participating in this program; and any further information you want to convey to us (written in the student’s own words).
3. A non-refundable application fee (payable securely online)
Before 3/1/2015: $50
3/1/2015 to 4/30/2015: $75
5/1/2015 and after: $100
Applicants within the U.S. may elect to pay their application fee by mail. Make check or money order payable to Brown University with student's name on the notation line. International applicants may pay by wire transfer or check - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for payment instructions.
4. A school transcript, which do not need to be official but do need to include a signature or stamp from your school in order to be considered authentic. Applicants should request an official transcript containing their current grades/marks, as well as all grades since 6th grade including Fall 2014. Please ensure an explanation of the scoring system is included in English (for example, 6 = excellent or A = excellent). PLEASE NOTE: if your current year grades are not reflected in your transcript, please also send us a copy of your report card for the most current grades. Transcripts may be uploaded directly within connect.brown.edu using the Upload Documents tab. Transcripts may also be faxed to our office at 401-863-3916 or emailed as an attachment to email@example.com.
Application materials should be mailed to:
Providence, RI 02912
After we receive all of the items above, the admissions committee will review your application. The committee looks for academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, and a readiness for participation in an independent academic environment.
To ensure sufficient time for the admissions committee to review and process your application, your application must be received at least two weeks prior to the start date of your desired online course.
We will notify you of the admissions committee's decision by email, usually within two weeks of the date your complete application was received. You may visit connect.brown.edu to check the status of your application.
Things to know about your application:
Program admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course. Courses may also be cancelled at any time due to unforeseen circumstances.
Student applicants are encouraged to review our Financial Policies.
Have questions about your application? Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You will apply to the Pre-College program. Course selection and enrollment takes place AFTER program admission and receipt of $300 program deposit. Program admission does not guarantee enrollment in a specific course. Once admitted to the SPARK program, students are encouraged to register for their course(s) as soon as they can in order to assure a spot in their preferred course(s).
Applications will not be considered until they are complete.
Visit connect.brown.edu to check the status of your application.
All program balances are due by Thursday, May 28th. Students who register after the initial payment deadline must pay their full balance upon registration. Students will be billed monthly until the balance is paid. Students are not permitted to carry a balance while attending the program.
Have questions about your application? Please contact us at: email@example.com
For International Students
1. Additional fees for international students
Please note that there is a $100 international processing fee. The international processing covers various costs associated with foreign delivery of completion materials, I-20 documents, and refunds where applicable as well as costs associated with foreign bank fees, etc.
There is also a mandatory $60 health insurance fee.
2. Arrival arrangements for international students
Although international students should make every effort to plan their travel to Brown based on a Sunday arrival, procedures are in place to accommodate Saturday arrival for those students who are arriving from long distances.
Note: There is a $150 early arrival fee for students arriving on Saturday. Permission for early arrival must be requested and approved in advance of the program. If a student meets the early arrival criteria due to long-distance travel, please complete the online request form.
Financial Policies for ALL Students
Student Account statements will be generated beginning in February. Bills will be sent to the address that students/parents provide to us during the application process. Statements will be generated around the 12th of each month until the student is paid in full. Account balances can also be viewed online via connect.brown.edu. Please refer to the Payment Information below for timing and methods of payment.
All other on campus and online course balances must be paid in full three weeks before the start of the program.
Accepted Payment Methods
ACH (electronic check) is accepted for any type of fee, including application, deposit, and FULL balance. Partial payments by ACH are not accepted. Partial payments must be made by check, money order, or wire transfer. ACH payments can only be processed by using a US personal checking or savings account. Corporate accounts are not allowed.
Credit Cards (MC/Visa/AMEX/Discover) are accepted for the application fee and deposit only.
PLEASE NOTE: Online ACH and Credit Card payments can be made via the student portal at connect.brown.edu
Personal Check or Money Order should be made payable to “Brown University.”
Please be sure to include student name and Student ID# which begins with ‘B.’
Application and deposit payments should be sent to:
School of Professional Studies
200 Dyer Street
Providence RI 02912
BALANCE payments should be sent to:
164 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02912
*Please note: Third party checks will not be accepted with the exception of checks from banks, trusts, and investment companies purposely set up to fund a student's education.
**Check Conversion Notification: When you provide a check for payment, you authorize Brown University to either use the information from your check to make a one-time electronic funds transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction. When we use information from your check to make an electronic funds transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the same day we receive your payment, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution. For questions, please contact the Cashier's Office at 401-863-1280.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for wiring instructions.
To assure proper and timely credit, it is vital the sender provide additional "special instruction" information, which should include the student’s name and Student ID# which begins with ‘B.’
Some banks deduct a fee from funds wired, meaning the actual amount received and credited may be less than the intended origination amount. To ensure full credit at Brown, the remitter should add wire fee charges to the amount being wired.
ACH Payment Returns: ACH payment clearing failures due to insufficient funds, incorrect account information, etc. will result in the reversal of the payment and a $20 returned payment charge.
Returned Checks: Any payment made, even if on a timely basis, that results in the check being returned for insufficient funds, lack of authorizing signature, etc. will result in the reversal of the payment and a $20 returned check charge. The bank automatically deposits all returned checks a second time before returning the checks to Brown.
SPARK students may be subject to additional fees:
- Lock-Outs, Lost Keys, and Lost I.D. Cards
Students are responsible for their room key and I.D. card at all times. Students who lock themselves out of their room or who lose keys or cards pay the following charges:
- $25 for each lockout
- $75 for each lost key and lock change
- $20 the first time an I.D. card is lost, with increments of an additional $15 for each subsequent loss.
- Health Insurance fee: $60
Please refer to Health Insurance
- International Processing fee: $100
- SPARK Travel Alone fee
We encourage parents to come to the check-in and attend the opening informational session of the SPARK program. If, however, you are unable to attend and your child is arriving alone, we can pick him or her up at the train station, bus terminal, or the base of the airport escalator.
- $75 each way (arrival and/or departure)
- $75 for Saturday night housing prior to the start of the course
Note: No extended stay after the completion of the program is possible.
Application fees, program deposits, and international processing fees are non-refundable. All credit balances are subject to account review. Please be aware that many students incur additional fees while on campus. Therefore, refunds are typically processed 3 weeks after the completion of a program. Students who have a credit balance prior to their arrival on campus may submit a refund inquiry to email@example.com.
Refunds of remaining fees will be made as follows:
(Please note that $300 deposits are not included in the refund percentage, as they are non-refundable.)
Before Class Starts
On or Before 2nd Day of Class
After 2nd Day of Class