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.
Admitted to 2022 Summer Bridge? Next Steps:
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 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
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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.
- Review, sign, and return The Summer Bridge Program Enrollment Contract,
- Register for Summer Bridge Orientation, and
- 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
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
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 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
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
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.