Frequently Asked Questions
What is TRIO/SSS (Student Support Services)?
Augsburg TRIO/Student Support Services (SSS) started in 2001 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Augsburg College. The Minnesota Department of Education Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides additional funding for Summer Bridge. Augsburg TRIO/SSS annually provides individual and group services to 160 students so that they develop the skills and motivation necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree.
What is the TRIO/Student Support Services (SSS) Summer Bridge Program?
Augsburg TRIO/SSS allows 25 admitted first-year students to get a head start on their Augsburg education. During this five-week residential program students take two college courses for credit and attend academic support seminars, workshops, and other activities to help provide for a smooth transition to Augsburg in the fall. Summer Bridge participants will also participate in the academic year component of TRIO/SSS while enrolled at Augsburg.
Who is eligible for TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?
Augsburg TRIO/SSS participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or refugees pursuing their first bachelor’s degree. Participants must be incoming or currently enrolled Augsburg College students. Program participants must demonstrate academic need for services and meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Low-income student: a student whose family meets federal income eligibility guidelines, as verified by Augsburg College;
- First generation college student: a student where neither custodial parent/guardian has graduated from a four-year institution at the time of the student’s enrollment in the TRIO/SSS program; and
- College student with documented disabilities, as verified by either the Augsburg Center for Learning and Adaptive Student Services (CLASS) office or the Augsburg ACCESS Center.
Students must also have a commitment to their college success.
How much does it cost for me to participate in TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?
There are no out-of-pocket costs for Summer Bridge and financial aid will be awarded to those who qualify. TRIO/SSS and Augsburg College pay additional Summer Bridge program costs. Students may want to bring money for miscellaneous personal expenses not covered by the program. Covered costs include room and board, summer course tuition, books, and activity fees. This is a value of over $5000 for TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge program participants.
Where do Summer Bridge students live on campus? May I commute to campus during TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?
Because TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge is a residential program, all participants are expected to live on campus during the program. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the program director.
Students live in secure, on campus housing accessed with a key fob. Students will have keys to their rooms which are shared with one to three other same-gendered program participants.
For more information about Augsburg residence halls, visit the Residence Life Website
Campus housing is conveniently located to classes, the dining hall, the Department of Public Safety office, and many local attractions in Minneapolis and St. Paul, most of which are accessible by public transit.
May I bring my car to TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge? What about parking?
Students may bring their cars to campus during TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge, and parking is free during the summer in designated areas. However, Augsburg College and TRIO/SSS assume no responsibility or payment for parking violations, damage to, or loss from personal vehicles.
Where do I eat? How do I wash my clothes?
Students will eat most meals in the Christensen Center dining hall. There are laundry facilities in each residence hall.
What is the daily schedule?
In addition to courses in religion and public speaking, students will attend Supplemental Instruction (S.I.) seminars, workshops, and other planned activities. Unless otherwise specified, participation in all activities is mandatory.
Will I receive credit for the religion and public speaking courses?
Yes! The TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge courses are traditional Augsburg courses taught by Augsburg professors and fulfill general graduation and/or major requirements. TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge course credit is awarded after successful completion of the fall semester following Summer Bridge; these credits may not be transferred to another institution.
May I work or have other outside commitments during TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?
The TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge schedule is hectic and demanding; we meet daily and attendance is required at all program activities. Students may not be absent for activities such as work, family vacations, etc. Please keep this in mind before deciding to apply for Summer Bridge. Students are expected to commit fully to TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge during the five-week program.
May I leave campus from time to time during TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?
Students may leave for family emergencies, or may leave during non-scheduled program times. Students are expected to stay on campus at night. Exceptions will be made at the discretion of the program director. Students will receive a calendar of events before the program begins, and again upon arrival to campus.
May I have visitors during TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?
Visitors are welcome during non-scheduled program hours and are under the same rules as program participants. Visitors may not stay overnight in the residence hall.
What if someone wants to send me mail or a package? Where do I buy stamps?
Students may send and receive mail from the on-campus post office, and will receive information about this service upon acceptance to the TRiO/SSS Summer Bridge program, and/or their arrival to campus.
What are some other reasons I should apply to, and participate in, TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge?
Besides the head start on your college career:
- You’ll make friendships with other new Augsburg students before the academic year begins
- You’ll have a network of faculty, staff, and peers in a supportive learning environment
- You’ll enhance your study skills in college-level reading, writing, thinking, and public speaking
- You’ll participate in academic seminars, workshops, and other on- and off-campus activities designed to familiarize you with Augsburg and your new Minneapolis environment
- It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity
And you’ll receive two, free Augsburg credits upon successful completion of the TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge program and the fall semester following Summer Bridge.
Summer Bridge participants who withdraw from Augsburg prior to the start of fall semester, or Summer Bridge participants who withdraw during or fail to complete fall semester following Summer Bridge will not receive credit for Summer Bridge.
Great! What is the application process?
- Be admitted to Augsburg College and submit/waive deposit to hold a spot in the first-year class.
- Complete an Augsburg TRIO/SSS and Summer Bridge application, either:
- Obtain from the TRIO/SSS office, or
- Download from TRIO/SSS website, or
- Contact your Augsburg admissions counselor
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Deadline for TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge Program Early Admission is Friday, May 2, 2014. Applications will be accepted after this date until Friday, June 13 (or the Summer Bridge Program is filled).
What are the dates for Summer Bridge 2014?
Summer Bridge students will begin their experience with Pre-Summer Bridge days and FAFSA completion workshops in June (final dates to be determined).
Summer Bridge students move into the residence hall on Sunday, July 6. There will be two days of orientation and the first day of class is Wednesday, July 9. Students will have their last day of class and move out of the residence hall on Friday, August 8.
What happens after I’ve been admitted to Summer Bridge?
Keep an eye out for your “Welcome to Summer Bridge” information packet. This will have detailed information about move-in day and Summer Bridge orientation, descriptions of campus life and descriptions of your summer courses, attendance and dress policies, a tentative daily summer schedule, and most importantly, what you should (and should not) bring to Summer Bridge. The “Welcome Packet” is usually mailed about a week or two before move-in day.
Steps on how to complete your Summer Bridge file after you’ve been admitted
2013 TRIO Summer Bridge Brochure (PDF)
2013-2014 TRIO/SSS Application (fillable PDF)
TRIO/Student Support Services
Campus Box 47
2211 Riverside Ave
Gage Center for Student Success, Lindell Library, Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: (612) 330-1311
Fax: (612) 330-1360
Office of Admissions
Campus Box 143
2211 Riverside Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: (612) 330-1001
Toll: (800) 788-5678