Apply to the CARE Summer Bridge Program for 2022

Priority Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2022


Minimum Requirements and Eligibility for Admission to the 2022 Summer Bridge Program

The CARE Summer Bridge Program (SBP) provides a comprehensive program designed to ease the transition from high school to college while building a strong academic foundation. Applicants selected to participate in SBP will be first-generation college students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated a strong desire to succeed. The CARE Summer Bridge Program is open to Florida residents who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

CARE Summer Bridge Program Requirements

  • Must be a first-generation college student.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 weighted academic GPA.
  • Have a 19 ACT Composite OR 990 SAT total score.
  • Complete all the minimum academic courses as required by the state of Florida.
  • Qualify for the Pell Grant as determined by the FAFSA and supporting financial documentation for both aid years.
  • Meet Florida residency requirements.

Ready to Apply?

The application and all supporting documents must be received by November 1, 2021 for priority consideration or March 1, 2022 for rolling decisions. Any student whose application is complete by November 1, will receive a decision by February 17, 2022. Log in to the Application Status Check regularly at to monitor the status of your application.

  1. Apply online at
  2. Create your Self-reported Student Academic Record (SSAR) at using your official high school transcript. To learn more about the SSAR, view our FAQ and how-to videos at
  3. Complete the following items on the Application Status Check ( by the priority or final deadline:
    • Self-report all ACT and/or SAT test scores. 
      • We recognize the difficulty of taking tests during COVID-19 however they are required. Please report scores if you have taken ACT or SAT. If you have not taken test, please continue to check for opportunities to test near you. 
    • Link your SSAR by copying the 32-character code from your SSAR account.
    • Complete the supplemental CARE application.
    • Choose one essay question found at, and upload your essay.
    • Upload one résumé.
    • Complete the Residency Declaration for tuition purposes form found at
  4. Complete both the 2021–2022 and 2022–2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) The 2021–2022 FAFSA is available October 1. The 2021–2022 FAFSA is currently available. All documents must be submitted by November 1. We encourage students to use the Data-Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA when available.

— Contact the academic department directly if you plan to major in dance, film (animation or production), music, or theatre.

Check regularly at to monitor the status of your application.

CARE Short Answer Essay Prompts

  • CARE applicants must complete all CARE short answer responses. Each response is limited to 300 words each. Please be sure to answer the questions completely.
    1. Difficult life challenges can disrupt the academic journey of a student. Please identify a time when you overcame adversity and share strategies that supported you on your personal and/or educational journey.
    2. What did you learn about yourself while in high school that will be useful to your success at Florida State University?
    3. CARE expects students to commit to meeting departmental requirements. Describe a personal circumstance where you exhibited commitment and dedication to meeting expectations.
    4. CARE provides students with a strong network of support and engagement opportunities while at FSU. Why is this additional support from CARE necessary for you to achieve your college degree?

A completed application requires the following items:

  • FSU Admissions Application
  • Completed Self-Reported Student Academic Record (SSAR)
  • Submit application fee OR approved application fee waiver
  • Remember, the CARE Summer Bridge Program (Supplemental) Application is on the Status Check! The application will only be displayed if you are eligible for CARE (based on the information in your FSU application).
  • Completed all CARE short answer responses from above (each response is limited to 300 words each).
  • Self-report all SAT and/or ACT test scores
  • Complete both the 2021-2022 AND 2022-23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Academic Profile of 2020 Admitted CARE Students

The academic profile of freshmen accepted to CARE in 2020 was the following:

  • High School Weighted GPA: Middle 50% of applicants had between 3.52 – 4.16 GPA
  • SAT Middle 50%: 1050- 1170
  • ACT Middle 50%: 20 - 23

Additional Selection Information

Florida State University and the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) are committed to providing access to higher education for educationally and economically disadvantaged students.  The CARE Admissions Committee only reviews applications that are complete, containing all required attachments.  Please note that acceptance is based on a variety of factors, which include (but are not limited to) academic performance, test scores, and short answer responses.  Meeting minimum academic measures does not guarantee admission into CARE.  Decisions by the CARE Committee are based on a variety of factors including academic performance, test scores, student short answer responses, educational history, family income, socioeconomic background, and family educational level. All students admitted to CARE must be eligible for the Pell Grant during summer and fall/spring terms.

Tips on Submitting Your Application

  • Remember, the CARE Summer Bridge Program (Supplemental) Application is on the Status Check! The application will only be displayed if you are eligible for CARE (based on the information in your FSU application).
  • Test early and as many times as it takes to get higher scores!
  • If you are testing for the SAT or ACT at a later date, you can indicate that on the application!
  • The 2021-2022 FAFSA is available now and you should do it immediately to be considered for CARE. The 2022-2023 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2021 and must be submitted by November 1 for a priority decision.
  • Don't forget to complete the Self-Reported Student Academic Record (SSAR) and link it to the FSU application!
  • Proofread your short answer responses before submitting.  Your written responses weigh heavily into the decision of the CARE Admissions Committee.
  • Before submitting, you will be able to review your application for accuracy.
  • Meeting minimum academic requirements for CARE does not guarantee admission into CARE.


2022 APPLY TODAY !!!

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