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Jump Start Summer Program

Early July (exact dates TBD)

Each year we invite a small group of eligible students to take part in SUNY Canton’s Jump Start Summer Program. The program is a way for students who do not meet all of the criteria for admission into SUNY Canton to access higher education. The program, specifically designed to help students succeed in the fall semester, engages participants in skill-building online modules and remote activities that promote academic success and ease the transition to college. Students receive individualized assistance from JumpStart faculty, student success coaches, and tutors.

Program Highlights:

  • Tuition and textbooks are free
  • Flexible (a mix of real-time and asynchronous content that makes it easier for students who have other obligations such as summer jobs)
  • Math and English non-credit instruction
  • In-depth orientation to campus life 
  • Educational workshops and special co-curricular programs 
  • Opportunities to make connections with other first-time students and develop relationships with other members of the SUNY Canton support community 
  • Opportunities for family and other members to be integrated into students’ academic support networks 
  • Gain the confidence to start college in the fall!

An outdoor class with students sitting in a circle on the grass.

Applying to the Program

Students must complete an application for admission. If admitted to the program, students must submit an official final high school transcript before the start of the program. JumpStart students are required to complete the online modules and remote activities to continue eligibility in the program and enroll in the fall semester.

Two students study with laptops in the library.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available for the Jump Start Summer Program. Students must complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-21 academic year (2018 taxes can be used for both forms). FASFA forms are available now at www.fafsa.gov.

Sharon Tavernier advises two students on program pathways.

Melissa Evans
Melissa Evans
Jump Start Admissions Counselor
Kerrie Cooper
Kerrie Cooper
Jump Start Financial Aid Counselor

Have a question?

Office of Admissions
French Hall
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

(315) 386-7123 or
Fax: (315) 386-7929