There are a ton of programs out there for your high school student that are low cost or free – more often than not though, transportation is not included in the free programs. If you know of programs that aren’t mentioned, feel free to leave them in the comments section.
Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement – June 19 – Friday July 7, 2017
Deadline to March 17, 2017. Free, three-week summer intensive academy for 26 talented high school students from communities surrounding USC. Runs from 9 – 2:30. Students will take equivalent of first year college level courses and will be introduced to Annenberg’s undergraduate programs and services, careers in media and journalism, as well as exposed to the school’s innovative scholars who are advancing issues of race, gender, and ethnicity in communication and journalism communities of practice.
Carnegie Mellon Summer Program for Diversity – July 1 – August 11, 2017
Deadline to apply March 3 with supporting documents due by March 15, 2017. Offers a variety of disciplines to choose from including a Math and Science Academy which is free to attend although students are responsible for books, supplies and transportation.
Cornell University Curie Academy – July 16 – 22, 2017
Deadline to apply March 15, 2017. For rising female high school juniors and seniors interested in engineering. Cost is $1450 to attend but rising seniors (class of 2018) who are African/Black American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander meeting the requirements will automatically be considered for a full tuition waiver. They also offer a Catalyst Academy open to males and females.
Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program – Dates Vary by Location
FREE 7-week summer program for 10th-11th grade girls to learn computer science, get exposure to tech jobs and join a supportive sisterhood of thousands of girls across the US!
Google Computer Science Summer Institute – Dates Vary by Location
Deadline to apply Mar 2, 2017. Open to current high school senior who intends to be enrolled in a computer science, computer engineering, software engineering or related area for 2017 – 2018 academic year at a four year university. Housing and transportation will be provided for the residential camps.
Indiana University Bloomington High School Journalism Institute – 5 day workshops in July
Deadline to register June 16, 2017. Students stay in IU residence halls and attend workshops. Cost to attend is $425 and includes tuition, $50 meal and most supplies. Multicultural scholarships are available and will pay for tuition and $100 meal card.
Penn State Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS) – June 18 – June 30, 2017
Deadline to apply March 30, 2017. The two-week program for rising high school seniors interested in pursuing a business education in college allows students to take college prep and business fundamentals courses taught by Penn State faculty. Participants will also get a glimpse of what college life is like by living in residence halls during their two-week stay on Penn State’s University Park campus. Cost: FREE!
Santa Clara Summer Engineering Seminar – 3 sessions in July
Deadline to apply March 1, 2017. Open to high school sophomores and juniors interested in exploring the field of engineering. The program is designed to acquaint participants with the engineering profession, the academic expectations of college, and the nature of life at a university. Cost: FREE!
Scripps College Academy – June 11 – June 24, 2017
Deadline to apply March 4, 2017. Open to current high school sophomores who qualify for free lunch or are first generation in family to attend college or attend a Title 1 school. Students have opportunity to stay on campus in an intensive pre-college program for female students followed by monthly events throughout high school.
SIUE Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp – June 19 – 23, 2017
Deadline to apply April 28, 2017. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Professional Healthcare programs offers a one-week summer camp for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with an interest in pursuing a degree in healthcare. The aim of the summer camp is to expose students to careers in healthcare offered at SIUE. Students will be exposed to Pharmacy, Nursing and Dental Medicine. Cost: FREE!
Stanford Medical Youth Science Program – June 25 – July 30, 2017
Deadline to apply February 15, 2017. Open to high school sophomores and juniors who live in the Northern and Central California regions. The five-week summer residency is free and includes participation in laboratory workshops, attend lectures by Stanford faculty and medical professionals, and serve a hospital internship.
The Intern Project (TIP) – Four weeks in the summer
Deadline to apply February 28, 2017. The Intern Project (TIP) provides Los Angeles public high school juniors the opportunity to work in dynamic companies through paid internships for 4 to 8 weeks during summer break. Through TIP, students have worked in fields like digital media, entertainment, technology, health care, and design.
USC Summer Science Program – July 6- 12, 2017
Deadline to apply March 10, 2017. Weeklong Summer Science Programs provide high school students from across the country the opportunity to visit the USC Phillip K. Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies on Catalina Island, and other coastal sites. Over the course of a week, students get amazing opportunities to work with local researchers, conduct their own research projects, learn about careers in marine science, build their own ROVs, snorkel, kayak, and explore the marine protected areas around the island. The program is FREE to the students including transportation and will be limited to twenty applicants.
UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program – June 17- July 28, 2017
Deadline to apply April 3, 2017. The fully-funded (free for students) six-week residential program is open to rising high juniors and seniors. Students will study math, physics, chemistry, engineering, and technical communications.