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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)


The Early Start Program is open for registration

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 - Classes Begin

Deadline to respond: Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Register for early start program

Program Benefits

  • 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

Program Requirements

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 one of the two orientation sessions listed below.


    Friday, June 11th, 2021 (10:00AM - 12:00PM) - Virtual

    Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 6th, 2021

    Register Now

    Friday, June 11th, 2021 (2:00PM - 4:00PM) - Virtual

    Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 6th, 2021

    Register Now

  • Complete both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 (School code is 008976).
  • Begin classes Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

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.

The two virtual, online format orientations available for the Early Start Program are both on Friday, June 11th, 10:00AM - 12:00PM or 2:00PM - 4:00PM. The fee to register for the orientation is $100.00, and is non-refundable. This will be in an online, virtual format. To register for orientation, please see below or listed above in the "Program Requirements" section.

Friday, June 11th, 2021 (10:00AM - 12:00PM) - Virtual

Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Register Now

Friday, June 11th, 2021 (2:00PM - 4:00PM) - Virtual

Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Register Now

Yes. You must also attend the Week of Welcome; however, once you pay for and attend the orientation first, your Week of Welcome fee will be waived. Students may bring up to two (2) guests to the Week of Welcome on-campus, in-person in early August, at no additional charge. 

Yes. The Office of Recruitment and 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 23rd. 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 - Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021 to Monday, July 26th, 2021. 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.

Yes. You will be responsible for purchasing textbooks for the courses. Please visit the Clayton State University Loch Shop for information regarding required textbooks or by visiting them on campus on the 1st floor of Edgewater Hall. Information on how to purchase textbooks will be given at orientation.

Financial Aid is determined on a calendar that begins with the fall semester and ends with the summer semester. Therefore, the 2020-2021 FAFSA will determine how much financial aid you can receive for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. Since The Early Start Program begins in Summer 2020, which is from the financial aid year 2019-2020, you must also complete the FAFSA for 2019-2020 to receive financial aid during the summer semester.

For the 2019-2020 FAFSA, students will be required to use their 2017 income and tax information. For the 2020-2021 FASFA, students will be required to use their 2018 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 here).

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. Click here to learn more about immunizations.