Early Start


1.    What is Early Start?
Early Start is a fall-to-spring bridge program that is open to all first-year students admitted to FAU for spring 2019 who would like to gain an “early start” by joining the FAU family in fall 2018. However, they will be limited to a maximum of 11-credit hours (just below the minimum for full-time student status) and will be enrolled as a “non-degree seeking student.” Early Start students must live on campus for fall 2018.

2.    Can I move directly to fall admission if I have new test scores or have improved my GPA?
Any student that meets our fall 2018 admissions criteria is welcome to change their entry term to the fall. Students who do not meet the requirements for the summer or fall terms must begin at FAU in the spring 2019 term or attend Early Start in fall 2018 as a non-degree student.

3.    What does it mean that I will be “non-degree seeking” for fall?
Although you are non-degree, we HAVE arranged for Early Start students to have full use of all campus facilities including the Campus Recreation Center, and attendnace at all FAU progams and athletic events. However, as an Early Start student you will not be able to join Greek life or NCAA sport teams during fall 2018. 

4.    If I’m not eligible for financial aid, how do I pay for Early Start?
Students who have Florida Pre-paid College programs may use this funding through Early Start. Unfortunately, you are not eligible for other types of federal aid. Therefore, arrangements for paying for your tuition and fees, books, room and board and other associated college expenses are solely your responsibility. There are several payment plans available through the FAU Controller’s Office to spread payments throughout the fall term.
Students who submit the FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) will be eligible for federal aid in spring 2019 as they become fully matriculated students.

5.    Can I pick my own classes?
As part of the Early Start Program you will be required to enroll in 11 credits of combined Early Start designated courses along with general courses selected in consultation with your academic advisor. 

6.    Do I have to take 11 credits? What is I want to take more or fewer credits?
The Early Start program requires students to take three 3 credit courses plus a 2-credit SLS 1503 course. The number of credits for Early Start is 11 credits. Students who cannot take the particular specified courses will need to wait until spring to attend FAU. 

7.    When will I know what classes I can take and HOW do I get registered?
Students who participate in the Early Start Program will receive assistance for registration by their academic advisor. Students must complete online advising (OARS) and remove all registration holds (including immunization and orientation).

8.    Are there deadlines to register for Early Start?
Yes, you must register for Early Start and submit your tuition deposit and complete your fall housing application as soon as possible by the tuition deposit deadline, May 1st. Registered Early Start students that already submitted a tuition deposit,  must also complete online advising (OARS), Housing application, ALEKS math placement assessment, register/pay for orientation, and remove all registration holds (including immunization holds) NO LATER THAN JUNE 1st, 2018 to secure your seat in the FAU fall 2018 class as part of Early Start.
9.    How do I get Started in Early Start?
By completing the reservation form and submit your $200 tuition deposit by May 1st. There are only 200 spaces available, on a first come, first serve basis. Please note that the program may fill before the May 1st tuiton deposit deadline. Onec your tuition deposit and Early Start registration is complete, you will be able to sign up for orientation, complete the online advising through OARS, sign up for on campus housing and complete your other onboarding steps. 

10.    What happens if I don’t attend FAU in fall or if I don’t pass the classes?
Students admitted to spring 2019 are not REQUIRED to participate in Early Start. This is just a good option for students who don’t want to miss out on the excitement of the new academic year at FAU. Homecoming, attending football games, New Student Convocation, and Weeks of Welcome activities are just some of the great things we don’t want you to miss!

Students who earn below a 2.0 in the fall courses will be placed on academic probation for the spring semester and will be required to participate in ACCESS, a program that provides you with academic coaching, career counseling, tutoring, and mentoring during the spring term.

11.    Can I take classes somewhere else in fall and still attend FAU in spring 2019?
Yes, students admitted to spring 2019 are NOT REQUIRED to participate in Early Start. You may take classes at another institution as long as you earn a 2.0 or higher and take less than 12 credits. 

Questions? We Give A Hoot!

For more information about Early Start, please contact the following:        

Undergraduate Admissions

Andrea Molina

(561) 297-0921





University Housing

(561) 297-2880





Orientation Office

 (561) 297-2733




Tuition & Fees Payment

 Controller’s Office  (561) 297-3100




(Online Academic Advising)

University Advising Services


 561-297-3064      advisingservices@fau.edu