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Cost of Jump Start Programs

Posted By Angie Gora, Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hello Everyone,

I am in the infancy stages of developing an early start program at Bemidji State University.  We are a rural campus in an economically repressed region.   However, I am looking at offering first-year, residential students who are ready an opportunity to begin their college career during the late summer before their first fall semester.  Right now, I am in the process of comparing prices.  I noticed a lot of bridge programs are free for students.  This program that I am developing would be more for high achieving students who just want to get a jump on college.  It would be four-weeks: campus housing, meals, tech fees, four credit hours (tuition/fees), evening programs, mentors, excursions, etc. for $3200.  Not included: personal expenses, text books, insurance.  If you offer an early start program of similar nature, would you be willing to share your fee structure?


Angie Gora
Summer Program Director
Bemidji State University

Tags:  early start  jumpstart  pre-college 

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Christopher Cofer says...
Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017
At SU, our SummerStart program cost for 2017 was $7,816 (all inclusive) for 6 weeks and students earned 7 to 9 credits. As you might guess, we offer significant grant packages up to a max of $6,900 for regular admits. The standard award is 20% of their academic year SU grant is awarded for SummerStart in addition to the academic year award. Also, HEOP students are required to attend, they do so at no cost, and they are ~30% of the SummerStart population. Another 30% are student athletes whom receive significant funding through Athletics. Bottom line, SummerStart is about preparing students for their SU career just as much as it is for students who want to get a jump start.
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Anne Van Arsdall says...
Posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Chris - I have been looking at your various program structures on your website. Thank you for sharing this additional detail. What does HEOP stand for?

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Christopher Cofer says...
Posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Hello Anne,
The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a partnership between the State of New York and its independent colleges which provides economically and educationally disadvantaged residents the possibility of a college education.

EOP programs operate in other states but i do not have details.
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Alicia Spurlock says...
Posted Thursday, September 14, 2017
At WKU, we just launched our first jump start program this past summer. 4 weeks, but the students took 6 hours in order to qualify for financial aid in the summer. With housing, meals, books, activities, and tuition, we charged $3,100. I can send you more info if you're interested!
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Meghan Cassidy M.Ed. says...
Posted Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hi Alicia,
If you're able I'd love to get some more info on your new jump start program! I'm particularly interested in learning more about how students qualified for aid and the overall program size. My email is
Thanks! Meghan
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