Who qualifies for the LIFT Program?
Any rising 9th -12th grader is eligible for LIFT programs.
Do you have to be affiliated with the University of Maryland to apply?
The parent/child does not have to be affiliated with the University in any way to participate in LIFT's programs.
Are children of University of Maryland staff and faculty eligible for tuition remission?
No, tuition remission cannot be applied towards the cost of any LIFT Program activities.
Will this program help my child gain admissions to the University of Maryland?
Participation in any LIFT Program activities does not guarantee admission into a degree-seeking program at the University of Maryland.
What happens if a program is cancelled?
If enrollment minimums are not met, LIFT reserves the right to cancel any program up to one week before it is scheduled to begin. In the unlikely event of a cancellation, parents and students will be notified promptly and all application, program, and room and board expenses already paid will be refunded.
Does my child have to stay on campus?
No. A student can be a commuter student for any of our summer programs. All students are expected to arrive on campus each day by 8:30am and report to their first period class. They are dismissed on Mondays – Thursdays at 5:00pm and on Fridays after the evening presentations.
How are roommate assignments made?
Roommate assignments are made on a random basis. Students should expect to live with other students of the same gender in a double, triple or quad bedroom. Specific roommate requests can be made in writing; however, only mutual requests by students will be considered. Every effort will be made to accommodate your roommate request. Room assignments are finalized on check-in day and are not announced prior to your arrival.
What are some of the advantages of being a residential v. day student?
Residential students are able to participate in all evening activities which include study hall, field trips, and additional activities and projects. Living on campus also gives a student the opportunity to fully focus on their studies and to collaborate with their peers on assignments.
Who will be supervising my child?
All residence halls are run by the Resident Director, LIFT Program staff, and a staff of residential Tutor Counselors.
Will my child stay on campus the entire length of the program?
Students have the option to stay for the entire length of the program, or they may choose which sessions are most relevant to their interests. Some programs are one week in length, and some are two weeks. Many students choose to stay for several or even all of the sessions.
What if my child is absent or needs to leave campus?
Students who have a prior knowledge of an upcoming absence, should inform the Program Coordinator of the absence(s). It will be the responsibility of the student to contact his/her instructors for any missed assignments. Students who must leave campus, for any reason, must receive permission from the Program Coordinator in writing. Unless an emergency, a parent must contact the Program Coordinator 48 hours prior to the leave date/time requested. It will be the responsibility of the student to contact his/her instructors for any missed assignments.
What happens if a student becomes ill?
All students must complete an emergency contact form that includes health insurance policy numbers. If a student should become ill or injured, he/she will be taken to the Health Center located on campus or to the nearest hospital, depending on the severity of the injury or illness. A parent/guardian must make immediate arrangements to ensure quality care for a student. Although this form will facilitate your admittance to a health center, it does not permit the University of Maryland to assume responsibility for healthcare needs. A student can visit the Health Center any time during the hours of operation. Families will be billed for any services or treatment received. If a student misses class due to illness, he/she can request written proof from the Health Center to give to an instructor.
What classes are available during the summer?
Curriculum for our Summer Institutes are currently being developed and will be posted soon.
Can my child earn academic credit?
Academic credit is not offered. This is one of the ways LIFT is able to keep costs well below other academic summer programs