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Step Ahead Program

Preparing Students for a Successful Academic Life

The Step Ahead Program is anticipating an even more successful year than ever before in summer 2020! The Step Ahead Program prepares students for the complete college experience they are embarking upon. It is helpful with the transition the students will be making from high school to a fulltime college workload in the fall semester.

The Step Ahead Program will not only give students additional assistance in a developmental area with the support of tutoring and resources, but it will challenge students, making them more comfortable with the transition to college and giving them the tools to continue on the pathway of success in the future. Students will also be able to network and build relationships with a sample of the great instructors FGCU offers.

All Step Ahead students receive the Step Ahead Scholarship during the summer 2020 term, which is equivalent to six (6) credits' worth of tuition and fees (at the in-state rate).

Undergraduate Admissions invites specially selected incoming first-time-in-college (FTIC) students to participate in the Step Ahead summer bridge program. The Step Ahead Summer Bridge Program is an invite only program. Students granted admission to FGCU through the Step Ahead Program are required to enroll and complete Step Ahead-designated coursework during the summer and fall terms. Selected students will receive admission into the Step Ahead Program via email and postal mail. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Orientation is mandatory for all students. Step Ahead students must register and attend Eagle View Orientation. Step Ahead students must select from these dates to attend: May 20-21, May 27-28, June 1-2, June 3-4, June 15-16, or June 17-18.

  • Once Eagle View Orientation Registration opens, students will receive an email with the link and steps to register for an orientation session.
  • Students must receive the email in order to register for an EVO program. This email will begin being sent out in February.

Students who have been admitted to the program must complete the online Eagle View Orientation reservation process and pay all orientation fees. 

Step Ahead Program participants will attend a session during orientation to allow for introduction to program expectations and to meet faculty and other key staff.

Student participants will be pre-registered for their Step Ahead coursework by an academic advisor in the Exploratory Advising Office. The Center for Academic Achievement will contact student participants for registration. An advising hold will be placed on the student record with notation of program participation. This hold is used as an indicator of your program participation to other campus members. This hold will not prevent the student from registering for courses or viewing his/her academic transcript.

Summer Course Schedule

Step Ahead Summer Courses (6 credits)

ENC 1130 OR MAT 1033 Improving College Writing OR Intermediate Algebra Tues/Thurs, 8:00-11:25 AM 3 credits
IDS 2930 Step Ahead Success Mon/Wed/Fri, 9:30-11:50 AM 3 credits

Fall Course Schedule

Students in Improving College Writing

ENC 1101 Composition I TBD 3 credits

Students in Intermediate Algebra

MAC 1105* College Algebra TBD 3 credits
MGF 1107* General Mathematics TBD 3 credits

*Students in Intermediate Algebra will be advised into one of the above General Education Math courses depending on their major intention.


Students will take additional fall classes outside of their Step Ahead-designated courses above.  Exploratory Advising will assist students with the registration process for these additional courses.


All Step Ahead students receive the Step Ahead Scholarship during the summer 2020 term, which is equivalent to six (6) credits' worth of tuition and fees (at the in-state rate).

 Students must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA to receive the Step Ahead Scholarship.

All Step Ahead Program participants are encouraged to apply for financial aid.  Students may apply for several types of scholarships, however students are strongly encouraged to apply for financial aid available through the FAFSA and FGCU Foundation Scholarships as early as possible. Your High School Counselor may be a resource when applying for scholarship as well as the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.


To be eligible for federal student financial aid, students must completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. Step Ahead students will need to complete two applications in order to apply for both their first summer and fall term. To qualify for Summer aid, students must complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA. To qualify for aid for the 2020-2021 academic year, students must complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA. Because funding is limited, we encourage students to apply by the priority deadlines.  Please note that some forms of aid may require students to take additional coursework during the summer term to be eligible.

Summer 2020 October 1, 2018 --- June 30, 2020 2019-2020 FAFSA
Fall 2021 October 1, 2019 --- June 30, 2021 2020-2021 FAFSA

FGCU Foundation Scholarships

University Foundation Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and/or other specifications set by donors. To apply for Foundation scholarships, please click here.

The table below outlines the common types of financial aid available for summer terms:

(Please contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for the most current information on financial aid availability for summer)

Federal Pell Grant Yes FAFSA Student must complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA for Summer. Award varies based on enrollment and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from FAFSA.
Federal Stafford Loans Yes FAFSA Must be at least half-time
Federal PLUS Loans Yes FAFSA Must be at least half-time
Fall 2020 Yes Florida Pre-paid Student must notify Florida Pre-paid that their matriculation year will be 2019-2020.
Bright Futures Yes State of Florida Must be at least half-time
The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships will package the student's financial aid and will post awards via Gulfline.



On-campus housing is not available for the Summer 2020 Step Ahead program due to the ongoing Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation.

Housing for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 is a separate application process that requires an additional application and application fee of $50.00. All students are encouraged to apply for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 housing as early as possible, since space is limited.

For more information about student housing, please click here: Office of Housing and Residence Life

For more information on how to apply for student housing: How To Apply

Academic Resources

  • Center for Academic Achievement (CAA)

  • The Writing Lab

  • Step Ahead Peer Academic Leader Program

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Step Ahead Program

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10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965


(239) 590-7906