Applicant Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a green card
  • Reside in the city of Summit, New Jersey
  • Be enrolled in a public school in Summit, New Jersey
  • Currently be in the 6th grade
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch, or meet specific, annual household income thresholds (see below)
  • Be self-motivated, with a desire to go beyond a high school degree
  • Show intellectual curiosity and an open mind to new experiences and learning
  • Demonstrate proven academic performance, including GPA and standardized test scores
  • Display and maintain a positive attitude
  • Show a strong family commitment to the applicant’s success

Income Eligibility

The PEP Program works with students from families with limited financial means. In order to qualify financially for PEP, applicants must participate in the free/reduced lunch program or come from families where the total number of household members and the annual income of the parents fall within our income guidelines. PEP requires a copy of parents’ income tax returns to verify income. If you contact the PEP House, we will be happy to discuss our income guidelines with you.