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Bridge to Clemson Program

2014-15 Bridge to Clemson Program

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The Bridge to Clemson University Program is a distinctive academic transfer program available by invitation only. Beginning with a strong first-year academic experience at Tri-County Technical College (four miles from the Clemson campus), the Bridge program includes dedicated academic advising, student support services and a student life component — all of which are designed to help students succeed in meeting Bridge academic requirements and transferring to Clemson. Advisers from both institutions assist students with selecting courses that transfer to Clemson. The successful collaboration between Tri-County Technical College (TCTC) and Clemson allows Bridge students to make progress in their intended Clemson major during their freshman year at TCTC while preparing to enroll at Clemson beginning their sophomore year.  The Bridge program staff at both TCTC and Clemson are committed to providing students with the educational tools and services they need to succeed.

Academic Requirements

Bridge students enroll at TCTC for their freshman year and start their course work in the fall semester. To be admitted to Clemson for the sophomore year, Bridge students are required to earn a minimum of 30 transferable semester credit hours and a 2.5 grade point average during their freshman year at TCTC. (Course credits and GPA must be earned after high school graduation.) Students who satisfy Bridge academic requirements will be admitted to Clemson for the subsequent fall semester without being required to resubmit a Clemson admission application. Students who do not satisfy the Bridge academic requirements will be encouraged to apply for admission to Clemson at a later date.

While grades earned at TCTC will not subsequently be included in a student's Clemson grade point ratio (GPR), the grades and credit hours a student earns at TCTC will count toward determining the student's eligibility for the South Carolina LIFE scholarship.

Community Living

Community living is one of the most important experiences for a first-year college student. Bridge students live in four-person apartments at Highpointe of Clemson, located four miles from TCTC and two miles from Clemson. Upper-class resident advisers coordinate social and academic programs and are available to assist students throughout the year.

Costs

Bridge participants pay the Bridge program fee, housing fee, housing utility prepayment and TCTC tuition and fees.

Program Fee

The program fee covers academic success programs, health care services, orientation, campus recreation and student activities provided by Clemson and TCTC, as well as program administration and facilities costs. The program fee is $2,905 ($1,680 in the fall semester and $1,225 in the spring semester).

Housing Fee

The utility prepayment and fee for housing includes a bedroom and private bath in a four-bedroom unit as well as utilities, cable and Internet service.  The cost for housing in a four-bedroom unit at Highpointe is $6,741 for the academic year ($3,370.50 per semester).  The housing utility prepayment for the academic year is $750 ($375 per semester).

TCTC Tuition and Fees

Tri-County tuition and fees are not included in the costs above. TCTC tuition and fees for the upcoming academic year will be set in late spring or early summer.  TCTC tuition and fees vary based on residency classification and the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled.  Please visit the TCTC Website for the current tuition and fees for full-time students. Select “Paying for College" and follow the appropriate links.

Schedule of Fees

The schedule of fees is available at tctc.edu/clemsonbridge. Click on the "Fee Schedule for Bridge Participants" link.  All Bridge and TCTC fees are subject to change.

Financial Aid

TCTC processes and awards  all federal and state financial aid during Bridge students' freshman year. Students should complete and submit the  FAFSA (available online at FAFSA.gov) and enter TCTC's federal code-004926.  Students who have already submitted their FAFSA coded to Clemson should log in to their submitted FAFSA form at FAFSA.gov and add TCTC's federal code.  For additional information regarding financial aid, including deadlines and forms, please visit the TCTC Financial Aid webpage.

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