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Updated information (November 18, 2020):

Summer Bridge 2021 is in the planning stages. We hope to have the application available for eligible students in January 2021.

Let us know if you have questions:


Additional information about Summer Bridge is sent once students are admitted to the summer program.

Admission to Summer Bridge and TRIO/SSS is not automatic. Completed applications will be evaluated for eligibility student’s commitment to their own college success, and student’s commitment to fulfill the TRIO/SSS program requirements. If admitted, you will be contacted about the next steps to begin your involvement with TRIO/SSS.

If you have previously taken a college-level (introduction to) public speaking course for college credit, the Summer Bridge program may not be the most advantageous program for you. You may not earn college credit twice for the same course taken twice.


Summer Bridge is a great way to begin your Auggie experience! As a Summer Bridge participant you:

  • Complete two Augsburg courses in a very supportive learning environment for credit that counts toward graduation requirements
  • Live on campus in the residence hall*
  • Learn and develop valuable study skills that will be useful throughout college
  • Participate in academic seminars, workshops, and other on- and off-campus activities designed to familiarize students with Augsburg and their new Minneapolis environment*
  • Begin college with a great group of peers

*Participation in campus life (e.g. face-to-face learning, on- and off-campus social activities, living in the residence hall) will be done in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines established by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Augsburg University.

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There are no out of pocket costs for Summer Bridge. The Summer Bridge Promise Grant and additional financial aid will be awarded to those who qualify. TRIO/SSS and Augsburg pay additional Summer Bridge program costs.

Previous participation in a college readiness program (TRIO/Upward Bound, TRIO/Talent Search, AVID, College Possible, etc.) is not a requirement to apply for or participate in Summer Bridge.

The application process for TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge is:

  • Be admitted to Augsburg University and intend to enroll fall 2021.
  • After admission to the University, eligible TRIO/SSS program applicants will receive an link (via their email address on file with the University) to the Augsburg TRIO/SSS Summer Bridge application. The application link will be sent to students starting in January.
    1. Students will complete and submit the program application online. The application includes several essay questions that we encourage students to think about and work on before submitting their application. Please note, you cannot save the application once you start it, so give yourself time and be sure your application and responses are complete before you submit.
    2. In addition to the FAFSA (see below), students will complete a TRIO Taxable Income Form. The TRIO Taxable Income Form (fillable PDF) must be done using information from your completed 2020 federal income taxes.
  • Complete both the 2021-22 AND 20120-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    1. You will need Federal IRS tax information from 2019 to complete the 2021-22 FAFSA, which is also needed to verify your income eligibility for program services.
    2. You will need Federal IRS tax information from 2018 to complete the 2020-21 FAFSA.

Note: You may need to download and install a free copy of Adobe Reader and its instructions to fill out, initial, and sign the PDF documents.

Please note:

Augsburg University is now “test optional,” meaning your ACT scores are not required for University admission. However, your ACT scores may be needed for TRIO/SSS to determine whether you qualify for our program. If you indicated “Test Optional” on your Augsburg application and took the ACT, please send Admissions your ACT scores. Submitting your ACT scores will not impact any other scholarships or decisions related to your Augsburg admission. You can request your scores directly from the ACT website, or have your high school send scores to Admissions. Scores may also be emailed to .