Fort Valley State GAP (Gordon Access Program)
What is FVSU GAP?
Fort Valley State University and Gordon State College have collaborated to provide a point of access to higher education if you have been denied entry into Fort Valley State University. Once you complete the Program, you will be eligible to transfer to Fort Valley State University or any other institution in the University System of Georgia. FVSU GAP operates under the jurisdiction of Gordon State College.
The Wildcat Life
FVSU and GSC want you to feel at home on the FVSU campus and enjoy the Wildcat Life. You are invited to be a part of student organizations, attend football games and other athletic events, and participate in student life and intramural sports. Once you are a GAP student, you will also benefit from the same student services, such as health service and counseling, that FVSU students enjoy.
To Qualify For FVSU GAP:
- You must have applied to Fort Valley State University and have been denied admission to be considered for the Gordon Access Program.
- Gordon State College will evaluate your applications to determine final acceptance. Acceptance is based primarily on the your SAT or ACT scores and high school GPA.
- Once you are official accepted as a GAP student, you must read and sign the student contract (properly witnessed) and complete financial payments by the posted deadlines.
To Continue in FVSU GAP:
- In order to continue in the spring semester of the FVSU GAP, you must earn a minimum grade of C in all courses. This includes support labs in the fall as well.
- You must have paid any balance due by published deadlines.
- You must also have followed the policies and procedures of Gordon State College and Fort Valley State University.
When you are in the program, you will take five courses in each term, fall and spring, plus the support labs and the student success class in the fall. The curriculum plan is carefully designed to offer core classes that partially fulfill degree requirements and to optimize your chance for success. You may take only the courses designated in the FVSU GAP curriculum, and when you complete the program will have earned 30 credit hours toward a college degree.
- English Composition I
- Math Quantitative Skills and Reasoning*
- Health and Wellness
- Political Science
- STAR (Students Taking Academic Responsibility for College Success)**
** STAR is a short, one-credit-hour course that is designed to help you succeed academically. GSC may need to substitute a course or courses, but you will maintain 30 core credit hours.
You do not have to register for classes in FVSU GAP—we take care of that for you.
Our goal is to help motivate and prepare you for success at Fort Valley State University or any other institution of higher education.
As textbooks are selected for classes, you will be able to look up your required textbooks at the GSC Bookstore website under the "Find Your Books" section. Follow the directions to have books or other required resources shipped directly to you.
- Tuition* and Fees: $2,360
- Housing: $2,595
- Silver Meal Plan: $1,775
- Estimated textbooks/supplies: $1,100
- Total: $7,830
Housing and Meal Plan
You, and all other GAP students, will be housed in Wildcats Commons, 4 bedroom-2 bath suites, and will have the Silver Meal Plan plus $150 Wildcat Cash.
You must complete the paper FVSU GAP housing application (not the online application) and pay the non-refundable $200 room reservation to Gordon State College by July 15.
For more information other than the housing application process, visit the FVSU Residential Life website. (Note that room and board charges may not have been updated for 2017-2018.)
First, be aware that to make the process easier for you, all costs listed under How much does FVSU GAP cost? will be paid to Gordon State College, which will transmit housing and meal plan monies to FVSU.
Second, understand that financial aid, including any loans chosen by you or your guardian, will not cover all of the costs that are part of a student attending college and living on campus. Become familiar with the information available at the Gordon State College Bursar’s Office. A good place to start is http://www.gordonstate.edu/bursars-office/bursars-office-frequently-asked-questions.
Also be sure to explore the information about financial aid listed in the Financial Aid section below. You will want to know costs and options well before Orientation, which is the deadline for paying charges.
Note that all fees in excess of financial aid must be paid by August 3.
- Easiest and quickest: pay online at https://secure.touchnet.net/C20805_tsa/web/login.jsp
- To spread out your payments: http://www.mycollegepaymentplan.com/gordon
Note: Any fines accrued as a student on the Fort Valley State University campus, such as a parking fine or lost key fee, must be paid directly to FVSU.
To apply for financial aid, follow this basic step by step process:
- Student files a FAFSA and includes Gordon State's institutional code: 001575 (or adds code to existing form)
- Student checks GSC email and GSC Banner Web for additional documents that may be needed. If “verification” is required, complete as quickly as possible so that your financial aid can be processed.
- GSC sends financial aid award letter to student
- Student accepts financial aid and completes entrance counseling
- Student completes Master Promissory Note (MPN). (Must wait 48 hours after accepting loan)
As a GAP student, you will access Gordon State College information about your balance due, financial aid, grades, and more through their Banner Web student account. For information about accessing Banner Web and other web-related information, a great resource is available at http://www.gordonstate.edu/computer-services/instructional-videos. Choose the first instructional video, “Students: GSC Technology Orientation Video,” for introductory information.
FVSU will share campus computer and web resource information at Orientation.
As a FVSU GAP student, you have free access to the same academic support resources as do FVSU students:
- Your instructors: they can meet with you outside of class to guide your learning.
- Your support labs/class: English Composition I and Quantitative Skills and Reasoning (college math) each come with a support lab that meets twice a week in the fall semester. These labs are designed to help students succeed in these courses that historically have proven to be important challenges to meet for first-year students.
- Free tutoring provided by FVSU Center for Retention.
You will also take STAR 0098, a one hour per week academic support class that focuses on the transition from high school to college, study skills, and habits of success.
If you have received a letter of acceptance from Gordon State College for FVSU GAP, you are expected to participate in the Orientation on August 3. Orientation will be held on the Fort Valley State Campus. Accepted students will receive full details by mail and email.
The Fall 2017 Calendar is still under construction.
For answers needed before the Orientation:
Overall program, courses and faculty, orientation: Academic Affairs at Gordon State College, 678-359-5018.
Financial aid: GSC Financial Aid office 678-359-5990, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paying charges: GSC Business Office, 678-359-5010, email@example.com.
Housing and meal plan details: Office of Housing and Residential Life, FVSU, 478-825-6100, ResLife@fvsu.edu.
Email is an official means of communication for both GSC and FVSU—you are responsible for all information communicated by email. You will have an email address for both institutions and should check each email account frequently (some during the summer; more often once classes start). Your program coordinator and your instructors will provide you with further guidance on what to expect in email communications.
Once you have your student ID, you will be ready to access your email and change your password. For GSC email information, go to http://www.gordonstate.edu/computer-services/gordon-email. FVSU will share email information at Orientation.