Apply to Summer Bridge for 2019

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Minimum Requirements and Eligibility for Admission to the 2019 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.

Academic Requirements

  • Have a minimum 3.0 weighted academic GPA.
  • Have a 19 ACT Composite OR 980 SAT total score.
  • Complete the minimum academic courses as required by the state of Florida.

Financial Eligibility Guidelines

  • Qualify as socioeconomically disadvantaged as determined by the FAFSA and supporting documentation
  • Qualify for federal financial assistance
    • Students must apply for financial aid by completing BOTH the 2018-19 FAFSA (available now) AND the 2019-20 FAFSA (opens October 1, 2018). They can be found at We encourage students to use the Data-Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA when available.
    • Both FAFSA's must be submitted by November 1, 2018 to be considered for CARE.
  • All students admitted to CARE must be eligible for the Pell Grant during summer and fall/spring terms.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a first-generation college student (neither parent can have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher)
  • Must be a Florida Resident for tuition purposes
  • Must be eligible for Federal financial aid
  • Must complete the CARE short answer prompts

Ready to Apply?

The application and all supporting documents required for CARE review must be received by November 1, 2018.

  1. Apply online in one of three ways: our institutional application (, The Common Application (, or the Coalition application ( Students should submit only one application.
  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 application deadline:
    • Self-report all ACT and/or SAT test scores.
    • 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 2018–2019 and 2019–2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the IRS Data-Retrieval Tool found at The 2019–2020 FAFSA is available October 1. The 2018–2019 FAFSA is already 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. Log in to the Application Status Check regularly at to monitor the status of your application.

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 (each response is limited to 300 words each):
    1. Difficult life challenges often impact the educational journey of a student. Describe a significant life challenge that influenced your educational journey.
    2. What did you learn from that experience that will help you be successful at Florida State?
    3. CARE provides students with a strong network of support and engagement opportunities while at FSU. Why do you want to be a member of CARE?
    4. What makes you a great fit with CARE and the FSU community?
  • Self-report all SAT and/or ACT test scores
  • Complete both the 2018-2019 AND 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Academic Profile of 2018 Admitted CARE Students

The academic profile of freshmen accepted to CARE in 2018 was the following:

  • High School Weighted GPA: Middle 50% of applicants had between 3.5 – 4.2 GPA
  • SAT Middle 50%: 1060- 1190
  • ACT Middle 50%: 20 - 25

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.

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 2018-2019 FAFSA is available now and you should do it immediately to be considered for CARE. The 2019-2020 FAFSA will be available on October 1, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Apply early! There is only ONE deadline for CARE!


Apply to C.A.R.E. 2019 HERE!!!

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