Soar in 4 Update from President Martin
The FGCU Soar in 4 completion incentive program was launched in 2016. FGCU was, and is, the only institution in the State University System of Florida to offer this reward. At the time, our four-year graduation rate was about 22 percent. It appears that there was no long-term plan to finance this program, and FGCU has utilized non-state and private funding sources. Over the last few years, we have made substantial investments in student success, and our four-year graduation rate now exceeds 41 percent. As a consequence, the cost of Soar in 4 has increased markedly. This cost now effectively “taxes” funding for other programs and units on campus. Thus, we have to reconsider the future of Soar in 4.
We will recommend to the FGCU Board of Trustees that we honor our commitment to those currently pursuing their degree at FGCU. That means those who graduate in their classes of 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025 who meet program criteria will be eligible for the incentive reward (FTIC – Fall 2021), along with our 2021 graduates who meet all the requirements of the program.
There will likely be a modified Soar in 4 program for freshmen who enter in Fall 2022. More to follow as we assess alternatives and seek input from our board.
Should you need assistance, please email the Soar in 4 team
A flight plan for graduating on time
Your journey through higher education at FGCU is taking off. It’s an exciting time of scholarly exploration and self-discovery culminating at your final destination: graduation.
Even with a few diversions along the way, you can get there in 4 years or less. FGCU delivers the strategy and resources you need to make it happen, including Soar in 4. This program provides incoming first-year students an additional incentive to stay on track to a 4-year degree and secure a job: a rebate on first-year tuition. To be eligible for the rebate, be sure to read the requirements below.
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Ready to Submit Your Rebate Application?
Have you completed all of your Soar in 4 requirements, graduated within 4 years, and obtained a full-time job in the State of Florida earning at least $25,000 annually? If so, submit your Rebate Application by mail now to:Florida Gulf Coast University 10501 FGCU Boulevard South Lori Rieselman Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
See the Soar in 4 effect
Watch how the Soar in 4 program helped Morgan to succeed during her time at FGCU and beyond.
"Aside from the gratification I earned of being the first in my family to graduate on-time with my Bachelor’s degree, I was able to find an even greater reward in the journey I endured with the Soar in 4 challenge. I wanted to better myself and prove that despite my disabilities, I could make it in the full-time working world. If it weren’t for the wonderful people I met through the Soar in 4 requirements, I wouldn’t have become the strong, independent woman I am today. Their colorful programs showed me that I wasn’t alone in wanting to become the best version of myself. Thank you to everyone who helped me grow at FGCU; I miss you.””
"FGCU's Soar in 4 program motivated me to get my degree in four years or less. It kept me on my toes academically, knowing I didn't have much room for error. Ultimately, the first-year tuition reimbursement will provide me a great head start in my adult life!" ”