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The Summer Bridge Program

A select group of students have an opportunity to get a strong start on their college career through the Summer Bridge Program.

Designed to support students who show great promise academically but did not qualify to be admitted to Clayton State based on high school grade point average, or one or more scores on the SAT or ACT, the Summer Bridge Program gives students the resources to excel at the college level.

Students are invited to attend the program during the summer to prepare for the fall semester. Participants will connect with support services while earning six college credits towards 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)

Student will complete the Summer Bridge Program with better-developed study habits and academic skills, credit toward their degree, knowledge of various campus resources, and an opportunity for admission. 

Next Steps

Review, sign and submit the Summer Bridge Enrollment Contract

The Summer Bridge Enrollment Contract

Attend a Summer Bridge Info Session on February 28, March 28, or April 11.


Register for and attend the Summer Bridge Orientation.

Financial Aid

Complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 (School code is 008976).

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

For instructions and questions on how to complete FAFSA, please refer to our Financial Aid website.

Apply for Housing

Laker Hall is our freshman residence, which features a lounge and fully-furnished rooms. Find the comforts of home in our University Housing.

Submit Required Documents

  • Final transcripts
  • VOLP
  • Immunization form

You can check for account holds through your student account (DUCK). If you have not set up your SWAN portal, you can refer to the application status page.

Submit your official final high school transcript to Admissions after graduation.

Submit your Certificate of Immunization to University Health Services via the Patient Portal.

Submit your Verification of Lawful Presence to Admissions.

Begin Classes

Begin classes and successfully complete summer courses

Financial Assistance to Participate in the Summer Bridge Program

Funding may be available to cover the costs of housing, meals and textbooks. Keep in mind that funding is limited and that the priority consideration deadline is Friday, June 17, 2022.

To be considered for funding, students must:

  • Complete and submit the Summer Bridge Enrollment Contract
  • Register for Orientation
  • Complete their financial aid file using the Financial Aid Checklist
  • Complete both the 2021-2022 FAFSA AND the 2022-2023 FAFSA
  • Complete the Summer 2022 Housing application to live on campus

Questions?  Call us at (678) 466-4185, email us at, or send us a message in Microsoft Teams for more details.

Need to schedule an appointment? Use the button below to schedule a 30-minute appointment with a financial aid counselor who specializes in working with Summer Bridge students.

Schedule an appointment

Frequently Asked Questions

You are invited to be a part of the Summer Bridge Program because you did not qualify for regular admission into Clayton State University. Your scores in one area of the ACT or SAT did not meet minimum requirements. However, you have demonstrated the potential to be a successful college student based on your high school performance. We would love to give you the opportunity to realize that potential at Clayton State University.

Great question! This is a three step process.

  1. Review, sign, and return The Summer Bridge Program Enrollment Contract,
  2. Register for Summer Bridge Orientation, and
  3. Attend the Summer Bridge Orientation.
Summer Bridge Orientation is on June 10th, 2022 (exact time TBD), registration is above in the Next Steps section. The fee to register for Summer Bridge Orientation is $100.00, and is non-refundable. Students can bring up to two (2) guests to the Summer Bridge Orientation. To register for the Summer Bridge Orientation, go to Summer Bridge Orientation
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 before  June 10th, 2022. 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.

No. If you successfully complete the Summer Bridge program by passing both of your courses, you are eligible to return for the fall semester. However, in order to register for classes in the fall, you must complete Freshman Orientation as well.

The Summer Bridge Program for June 2022 is June 27th to July 25th for start and end dates for courses; also move-in date is June 24th.

All classes will be held at Clayton State University’s main campus in Morrow, GA.

Students in the Summer Bridge 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.

Yes. You will receive grades and 6 hours credit for the courses passed.

The in-state cost for tuition and fees for 6 credit hours for the 2021-2022 academic year is $1,767.98. Please see the fee schedule online for out-of-state tuition costs.

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 or by visiting them on campus on the 1st floor of Edgewater Hall. Information on how to purchase textbooks will be given at Summer Bridge Orientation.

Financial Aid is determined on a calendar that begins with the fall semester and ends with the summer semester. Therefore, the 2021-2022 FAFSA will determine how much financial aid you can receive for Fall 2021, Spring 2022, and Summer 2022. Since the Summer Bridge Program begins in Summer 2022, which is from the financial aid year 2021-2022, you must also complete the FAFSA for 2022-2023 to receive financial aid during the summer semester.

For the 2021-2022 FAFSA, students will be required to use their 2019 income and tax information. For the 2022-2023 FASFA, students will be required to use their 2020 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

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 Summer Bridge 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 approximately $1,792.00. This includes three meals per day (M-F), two meals per day (Sat-Sun), 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.

View the immunization information

No. Please schedule all medical, dental, and other personal appointments either before or after the program or on Fridays when there are no classes. Any student that misses more than two (2) class sessions or two (2) enrichment sessions during the program may be dismissed from the program and will have his/her fall admission rescinded

Students admitted to the Summer Bridge Program that do not attend are not eligible for regular freshmen admission. The program is only available to first time full-time freshmen applying to college immediately after high school, so deferral to another year is not possible.