Early Start Program
Participants accepted into the Early Start Program will help prepare the student for an easy transition into the Fall semester at Clayton State University.
Students will have the opportunity to start their college career during the summer all while earning college credits.
Participants will connect with support services while earning six college credits toward their degree requirements.
Some of the highlights of the program are:
- Individualized study skills and learning style assessments
- Academic skills workshops
- Leadership development
- Introduction to key faculty and staff
- Individualized guidance and support from the Center for Academic Success, Center for Advisement and Retention, Financial Aid, Student Life, and more
- Social and networking opportunities
- Residential Living-Learning Community (optional)
- Begin fulfilling degree requirements
- Learn about a wealth of resources for support and guidance
- A jump start finding your way around campus
- Discovering all that the main campus has to offer
- Make enduring friendships
This program will be limited to a select group of applicants to Clayton State University. Once enrolled in The Early Start Program, students will need to:
- Register for and attend The Summer Start Orientation for June 1, 2019.
- Complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 (School code is 008976).
- Begin classes June 20, 2019
Frequently Asked Questions
You are invited to be a part of The Early Start Program, because you have met all requirements for freshman admission into Clayton State University. We would like to offer you the opportunity to get an early start in attending this summer while earning college credits toward your degree.
Summer Start Orientation is Saturday, June 1, 2019 starting at 9:00 AM. The fee to register for Summer Start Orientation is $100.00, and is non-refundable. Students can bring up to two (2) guests to the Summer Start Orientation. To register for the Summer Start Orientation, go to https://swan.clayton.edu. Once you have logged into the SWAN select the Orientation icon (Student Orientation Management Portal) and select "Register for Orientation". You will be redirected to sign into OrWeb-Orientation Website. Use your SWAN username and password to log in and complete registration.
Yes. You must also attend the Freshman Premiere Orientation; however, once you pay for and attend the Summer Start Orientation, your Freshman Orientation fee will be waived. Students may bring up to two (2) guests to the Freshman Premiere Orientation at no additional charge.
Yes. The Office of Admissions must have your final high school transcript before you are able to begin classes in the summer. Transcripts must be received by Wednesday, June 19th. It will be your responsibility to make sure the request for your final transcript is submitted. Please note, financial aid will not be dispersed and you will not be able to move onto campus housing until your final high school transcript is received.
The Early Start Program will last 4.5 weeks - Thursday, June 20, 2019 to Monday, July 22, 2019. Classes will meet Monday - Thursday.
Monday and Wednesday schedule is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday schedule is 9 a.m. to 2:50 p.m
All classes will be held at Clayton State University’s main campus in Morrow, GA.
Students in The Early Start Program will be able to choose from a limited number course offerings. All of the offerings have been identified as excellent transition courses into the university. Each student will work with an academic advisor to build their summer schedule.
The in-state cost for tuition and fees for 6 credit hours for the 2017-2018 academic year is $1,718.20. Please see the fee schedule online for out-of-state tuition costs at: View the tuition and fee schedule
Yes. You will be responsible for purchasing textbooks for the courses. Please visit the Clayton State University Loch Shop for information regarding required textbooks at http://www.clayton.edu/auxservices/the-loch-shop or by visiting them on campus on the 1st floor of Edgewater Hall. Information on how to purchase textbooks will be given at Summer Start Orientation.
Financial Aid is determined on a calendar that begins with the fall semester and ends with the summer semester. Therefore, the 2019-2020 FAFSA will determine how much financial aid you can receive for fall 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020. Since The Early Start Program begins in summer 2019, which is from the financial aid year 2018-2019, you must also complete the FAFSA for 2018-2019 to receive financial aid during the summer semester.
For the 2018-2019 FAFSA, students will be required to use their 2016 income and tax information. For the 2019-2020 FASFA, students will be required to use their 2017 income and tax information. To guard against providing incorrect data on both FAFSAs, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA. (Learn about the IRS DRT at StudentAid.gov/irsdrt.)
We recommend you complete the FAFSA no later than June 1st to allow some time to submit additional documents, if needed. Remember, we must have ALL required information (not just the FAFSA) before we can award any funds. Any student desiring to attend The Early Start Program who does not have financial aid in place before classes begin will have to pay tuition and fees in full.
Yes. In fact, we strongly encourage students to live on campus because many events and activities are held on campus; living in university housing allows you to attend these easily, while having a quality residential experience in a state-of-the-art facility.
The cost for campus room and board during the summer session will be $1,600.00. This includes three meals per day, all utilities, cable, high speed internet, furniture, microwave and a refrigerator.
Yes. Look for important information from University Housing to plan for fall semester.
Yes. In order to register for classes, you must show immunity to MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) and varicella (chicken pox) either through vaccination, lab results showing immunity or physician documentation of the disease. You must also show proof of a tetanus vaccine in the past ten years and complete a tuberculosis screening. An additional requirement for a meningitis vaccine applies to students in university housing. You will not be permitted to register until you submit this proof to University Health Services. For additional information about immunizations please visit http://www.clayton.edu/uhs/Immunization.