Participation Information & Checklist for the CARE Summer Bridge Program


Congratulations on your acceptance to Florida State University and the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE). As a CARE student, you will attend FSU starting in the summer of 2020 through the Summer Bridge Program, a seven-week program. During this time you will live in on-campus housing with CARE staff and ambassadors, and engage in a variety of activities designed to support your success as an FSU Seminole! We promise you an excellent learning environment and a memorable college experience.

After the summer term, you will remain in CARE and FSU, participating in a variety of activities and programs designed to promote your academic engagement and progress through to graduation from the University.

By accepting your admission to FSU through CARE, you have the benefits of

  • Tuition, Fees, Housing, Meals, Books, and Insurance Covered for Summer 2020!
  • No Admissions Deposit!
  • No Orientation Fee!
  • No Summer Housing Deposit!
  • Only a $50 Fall/Spring 2020-2021 Housing Contract Prepayment

Next Steps!!! You should read everything in each step to be sure you don't miss any valuable information!

Failure to complete the items below by the due dates may result in rescinding your offer to participate in the 2020 CARE Summer Bridge Program!

Checklist for CARE Admissions

1. Complete the Participation Agreement (Due by May 1, 2020).

  • You can turn this in at any point in the admissions process.
  • Final Due Date: May 1, 2020.
  • The Participation Link is on your Status Check page or the Participation Agreement.
  • Failure to return the agreement will result in automatic cancellation of your participation in CARE and the Summer Bridge Program.
  • Although the agreement is due on May 1, the other items must be received by their due dates in order to ensure your offer remains valid.

2: Activate your FSUID (must be done to complete all other items)

  • Your FSUID will be your username and email address for FSU. This is also how you log into the FSU system to review your To-Do List, Complete Housing Documents, See your Verification Forms, etc.
  • To activate your FSUID, go to
  • Most items cannot be completed without this step completed.
  • You will need your EMPLID and your Social Security Number to activate your FSUID.


    3: Complete the CARE First Generation Verification Form (Due March 15, 2020)

    • As a CARE student entering through the Summer Bridge Program, you must be a First-Generation College Student.
    • To verify your eligibility, you must complete our First Generation Verification Form.
    • The form will be emailed to you at your email address.

    4: Complete Registration for FS4U Foundation Scholarship System (CARE Deadline: March 30, 2020)

    • Go to to complete your registration for the FS4U Scholarship System.
    • The FSU Foundation's scholarship management system is a way for CARE students to search for and find many scholarships that FSU has to offer. CARE students will also be able to connect to scholarships that are specifically awarded to our students.
    • For information on how to complete the registration process, CLICK HERE.

    Checklist for Financial Aid

    1. Complete missing FAFSA IMMEDIATELY!!!! (Due February 28, 2020).

    • This only applies if you did not complete BOTH a 2019-2020 AND a 2020-2021 FAFSA.
    • You must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA for aid for this summer, and the 2020-2021 FAFSA for aid for the 2020-2021 school year.
    • If available, you should use the Data Retrieval Tool the for FAFSA and financial aid processes.

    2. Complete Financial Aid Verification (Due March 30, 2020).

    • Some students are required to complete additional documents from the Office of Financial Aid to verify your eligibility for CARE.
    • To find out which documents are being requested, check your FSU To-Do List by logging into
      • If you do not have forms listed, then you are not required to do anything at this time.
    • All Verification documents must be turned in by March 30, 2020, or you may have your offer for CARE rescinded! This should be done even if you have not returned your Participation Agreement!
    • Please note: Verification is only for CARE admissions purposes. This is not the deadline for general FSU financial aid.
    • For assistance with completing Financial Aid Verification, please contact the Office of Financial Aid or (850) 644-0539, or you can contact CARE's Financial Aid Specialist, Ms. Ashley Allen, at or (850) 644-9699.

    Checklist for Housing

    1. Complete Fall/Spring Housing

    • Complete the FSU Fall Housing Undergraduate Application (and $50 Student Prepayment)
    • To contract for housing, complete the following steps in order:
      1. Complete the housing contract as soon as it is available at (the contract opens Feb. 5, 2020).
      2. Within 10 days, an advance rent payment of $50 is due.
      3. Also within 10 days, applicants under 18 years of age at the time of contract submission must complete and return the parent/guardian signature form which is available on the Housing website.
    • This is done ONLY IF YOU PLAN TO LIVE ON CAMPUS FOR THE FALL 2020-SPRING 2021 YEAR. This is an optional step.
    • Students who contract during the Welcome Window time-frame will be entered into a lottery for their contract number, so applying early gives you a greater chance of getting the room you want in the hall you choose! Housing is very limited, so apply early if you wish to live on-campus for the Fall/Spring terms.
    • We encourage all first time freshmen to live on campus for reasons of retention and academic performance.
    • Please note: Housing is unable to refund the difference between the regular and CARE housing prepayments whether the larger prepayment was made in error or prior to acceptance in the CARE program. If you do make the $225 prepayment, you will have a smaller rent balance after you are assigned to a room. This means that either you will owe less or you will receive more funds when your financial aid pays out, so in the end you still pay the same amount for your rent.
    • A few important points for you:
        • On-campus housing is not required or guaranteed for incoming CARE students at FSU (although it is strongly preferred).
        • The housing contract is binding if you attend FSU.
        • The housing contract does not commit you to FSU. If you are considering coming to FSU and think about staying on-campus, you can complete the contract to reserve your spot just in case.
        • Failure to complete Housing Steps 2 & 3 within the specified time will result in cancellation of your Housing contract. You would then need to resubmit the contract, resulting in a change to your contract number.
        • You can submit a preferred roommate request starting in mid-February. You will select your Fall/Spring room online starting in mid-May via the FSU myHousing portal.

      2. Complete the MANDATORY Summer Housing Application (Opens Feb. 12, 2020; CARE Deadline: March 30, 2020).

      • The Summer C contract will open February 12, 2020. The CARE deadline is March 30, 2020.
      • Complete the FSU Summer Housing Application (available at THIS IS MANDATORY!!!
        • ALL CARE Summer Bridge Program Participants are required to reside in the assigned residence hall for the entire duration of the summer.
        • CARE will cover your summer prepayment! If you pay the $100 fee, Housing will NOT refund you the money!!!
      • A few important points for you:
        • As a CARE student, you will live in Magnolia Hall for the Summer C Term.
        • Please note that the Summer and Fall/Spring contracts are separate. As a summer admit, you will need to complete BOTH if you plan on living on campus for the Fall/Spring term.
        • Fall on-campus housing is NOT required or guaranteed for incoming students at FSU. If you want to stay on-campus for the Fall, you should sign-up EARLY!!!
        • Students must reside in the designated CARE residence hall for the duration of the Summer Bridge Program. Students WILL NOT be allowed to live off-campus or in an on-campus residence not assigned by CARE or University Housing.
        • The housing contract is binding only if you attend FSU. The housing contract does not constitute a commitment to attend FSU.
        • CARE students WILL NOT be able to select their roommates for the Summer Bridge Program.

      Checklist for Health Compliance

      1. Submit Your Proof of Insurance (CARE Deadline: June 2, 2020).

      • FSU requires all students to have health insurance. You must show proof that you have health insurance to take classes here. If you have the health insurance hold, you have 3 options:
        1. Upload proof of your health insurance into the system at if you have insurance for Summer 2020.
          • Click on “I Already Have Health Insurance” and follow the steps.
        2. Purchase health insurance through the University.
          • To purchase the insurance through the University for Summer 2020, go to
          • Click on “I Am Interested in Purchasing Health Insurance” and follow the steps.
          • Because you are in CARE, if you purchase the summer health insurance, the CARE financial aid package will cover your summer insurance costs.
        3. Obtain health insurance on your own and upload it to the system at
      • If you have not uploaded proof of health insurance by June 2, 2020, FSU will automatically charge you for purchasing summer health insurance.

      2. Submit the FSU Health Compliance Forms (CARE Deadline: June 2, 2020).

      CARE Orientation

      • Orientation Dates: CARE students all attend the same Orientation session. Your Orientation will take place Sunday, June 14 – Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
      • Registering for Orientation: As a CARE student, you will not register for Orientation. Once you complete your Participation Agreement, FSU will register you for the CARE Orientation.
      • Fees for Orientation: The Orientation fee is built into your costs to attend CARE. Although a bill will appear on your account statement, Orientation will be paid for when we get closer to the Move-In Day. There’s nothing for you to do, except complete the Participation Checklist.
      • Family Orientation: There is a CARE Family Orientation that will occur on Saturday, June 13, 2020. This session is free and open to any family member that will be accompanying you at the CARE Move-In. This is an opportunity for parents and family members to gain valuable information about FSU and your college experience. You will receive more information about this Orientation, as well as the link for your family to sign up, as we get closer to Move-In Day!
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