JUMP START your academic experience at FAU this summer!

Program Highlights:

  • Build a community with other first-year students.
  • Take 6 credits to help you progress toward your graduation requirements.
  • Achieve success in and outside of the classroom.
  • Create a unique support system by establishing relationships with:
    • Academic Advisors
    • Professors
    • Classmates


As part of the Summer Jump Start Program, you will be taking three (3) courses. Two of those courses are 3 credits and apply to the Intellectual Foundations Program (IFP) or help prepare you for a course in the IFP, and the third course is the The Learning Community Experience (SLS1412), Jump Start Edition! This course is a FREE 0-credit course designed to help you learn success strategies, connect with other students, and have a great start to your FAU experience.

As part of the Jump Start Program you will also be required to continue on the road to success by either joining a learning community or by enrolling in SLS 1503 (or Honors SLS 1501) in the Fall.

How to select your Jump Start Courses 

You will select which courses you would like to take in OARS. You can see which courses are available by viewing the Jump Start Communities below. If you have questions about Jump Start courses, please feel free to contact University Advising Services at or 561-297-3064. 

If you received a letter from Admissions indicating that you were accepted to the Jump Start program, then all you need to do is complete OARS. OARS will know you have been accepted.

If you have been admitted for the Summer Semester (Term 3) and would like to participate in Jump Start, all you need to do is complete OARS. In OARS you can click the Jump Start check box.

  • If you have already completed OARS for Summer and would like to participate in the Jump Start Program, please complete the following form: JUMP START (you will need to sign in using or MyFAU Username and Password.

Students who participate in the JUMP START Program receive preferred seating in summer courses. Once you complete OARS you will be assigned an advisor. They will work with you to get you registered for your Summer Jump Start courses as well as your Fall SLS1503 course. 

Filling out a FAFSA & FA Summer Application

Filling out a FAFSA (FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

  1. Go to
  2. Scroll down and select from section labeled “New to the FAFSA” or “Returning User”.
  3. In order to electronically sign the FAFSA both student and parent must create a password/pin on the site. You will receive a prompt to create one if you have not already.
  4. Follow the prompts to complete a FAFSA
  • For Summer 2015, you will select 2014-2015 FAFSA. 
  • For Fall 2015-Spring 2016 you will select 2015-2016 FAFSA.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  You will be completing both FAFSA applications. Keep in mind by completing the steps above you are already applying for Federal/State/Institutional grants and Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized/Unsubsidized). Additional Information about Financial Aid is available at  or call 1-800-4-FED-AID.

Financial Aid Summer Application 

  1. You must complete the FAU Summer Application online : 
    • Log in to MyFAU:
    • Click on the "Money Matters!" tab
    • Click on “View My Financial Aid Information”.  
    • Click on the "Financial Aid Status" tile box  
    • If prompted for Aid Year, select "Award Year 2014-2015” 

You must review the Summer Information Bulletin:

Other important information and helpful tools you need to review: 


If you have already completed and submitted your OARS for Summer and would like to participate in the Jump Start Program, please complete the following form: JUMP START (you will need to sign in using or MyFAU Username and Password.

Summer JUMP START Options




Have you viewed/downloaded the OARS Instructions yet? If not, don't forget to do so before you log into OARS!  The Freshmen Online Advising & Resource System (OARS) is now OPEN.
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 Last Modified 5/13/15