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What is a limited access program?

A limited access program utilizes selective admission to limit program enrollment. Criteria for selective admission include indicators of ability, performance, creativity, or talent to complete required work within the program. These programs may require certain GPA’s, pre-requisite classes, or entrance exams. Your bridge advisor will be aware of these specific requirements if you plan to continue on into a limited access program following the completion of your AA degree. The following current FIU programs have been designated as limited access: Accounting, Architecture, Business Administration, Communication, Dietetics and Nutrition, Health Services Administration, Music,  Nursing, Social Work, and Theatre. http://undergrad.fiu.edu/transfer/transfer-guides.html  


What is the FIU Connect4Success program?
The FIU Connect4Success Program is a pathway and an opportunity for your four-year degree. You are invited to complete your first two years of college by earning Associate in Arts degree (AA) at one of the participating colleges of your choice.  If you earn the AA within a 3-year timeframe, you will be provided automatic admission into FIU for completion of your last years of classes for a Bachelor’s degree from FIU.



What are the benefits of the FIU Connect4Success program?

  • A guaranteed next step to FIU.  Provided you complete the AA degree in 3 years, you will already know where your next step will be to obtain your four-year degree.
  • Bridge advisors dedicated to our Connect4Success students at our partner colleges or you can call FIU and talk to an advisor before you transfer. Advisors are available to answer any questions you have about major requirements or the transfer process.
  • An accelerated transfer process.  Paperwork, transcripts, and coursework will be easily accessible and provided to FIU when you are ready to transfer.  When it’s time to transfer, you just visit our web site. No need to reapply to FIU.
  • Access to certain resources available to FIU students.  Your FIU Connect4Success ID Card gives you access to campus events, athletic games, the library, the bookstore and other social events.
  • Prepare Academically.  Many of our participating students say that this program allows them to academically prepare themselves for rigorous university classes. They felt ready to transfer after their success at one of the colleges.


Is the orientation session mandatory?
Yes. It is important that students attend the orientation session from the college that they choose in order to know their next steps. This important orientation will provide you and your family with information on financial aid, advising, registration, and student life at the partner college of your choice.



Do I have to attend the college in the county that I live in?
No. You may choose any Florida public state college.

 

Do I have to apply separately to the partner college?
Yes. After you have submitted your Connect4Success Application or accepted your Connect4Success invitation, your next step is to apply directly to the partner college where you will be receiving your AA degree. There is nothing specific that you will need to indicate on that application to say that you are in the program; you will apply as the same as any other student.

Will my financial aid automatically transfer?
No. You need to be sure to update your FAFSA to include both FIU and your partner college. Any outside scholarships or aid that you are receiving will be applied to the partner college first as that is where you will initially be attending.

 

After I accepted to be in the program, I changed my mind about the college I want to go to. May I update my college choice?
Yes. Please email jhgraham@fiu.edu for updates on your college selection.



I am about to complete my AA degree. What are my next steps?
You will need to log in to your student portal, my.fiu.edu once you have completed 30+ credits. You can let us know that you will be transitioning by clicking on the FIU Connect4Success Application from link. After completing this form, you will need to send your most recent transcripts to FIU.



Do I need to apply again?
No. One of the benefits of participating in the FIU Connect4Success Program is that you do not have to submit another application. When you are ready to transition to FIU, you will need to log into your my.fiu.edu account and activate your application. 

What if I do not finish my AA degree within 3 years?
Students in the Connect4Success program MUST complete an AA degree prior to transitioning to FIU. If you do not transition within three years you can still attend FIU but you must submit a new application and your admission is no longer guaranteed.



Can I change my major once I go to FIU?
Yes. However, you are not guaranteed admission to limited access majors, including but not limited to Architecture and Nursing.



 



Will FIU accept my preparatory courses?
No, FIU will not accept preparatory (developmental) courses.

Can I participate if I am attending a private college or a college outside of Florida?

No, only students attending colleges within the Florida State College System can participate in Connect4Success.