Q: I have been Conditionally Admitted-What does that mean?

Conditionally admitted students are students who will be admitted to the University based on their acceptance and successful completion of the Academic Achievement Programs Summer Transitional Program (STP).

Q: What is the Academic Achievement Program (AAP)?

Students admitted through AAP are required to participate in a six-week Summer Transitional Program as well as enhancement classes/activities during the first two years or until a major is officially declared. The SSS and IED programs administer these activities including academic support, advising, skill enhancement, tutoring and counseling during a student’s first two years at the university and as needed until graduation.

Q: What is the Summer Transitional Program (STP)?

The Summer Transitional Program (STP) is an academic summer bridge program that offers preparation and support to allow students to be recommended for fall admission into the University of Maryland. During STP, each student enrolls in a one-credit college orientation class and a three-credit general education course. Students also participate in tutoring and skills enhancement classes in mathematics, English and study skills. Also, individual and group counseling sessions are offered to assist in a smooth transition from high school to the university. Students who earn a minimum GPA of 3.0, at least 90 points in class labs, and maintain good attendance as well as have a positive attitude toward the learning experience are recommended for full admission to Maryland for the fall semester.

Q: Who is eligible to participate in AAP-SSS?

The AAP-SSS program is federally funded and designed to provide services primarily to students who demonstrate strong academic potential but who may benefit from additional academic support during their first two years at Maryland. Students come from all backgrounds, and may include students from families with modest income, students with a disability, and/or students who come from families in which neither parent (or the parent with whom the student resides) has a four-year college degree. Students who submit all required documents by the designated deadlines, participate in the required orientation session, and meet the federal income and/or other criteria are eligible to participate.

Q: When is the Summer Transitional Program held?

STP is held for six weeks (during the second summer session) at the university beginning July 12, 2021 through August 20, 2021.

Q: What is the cost for STP? (Note: These are last year’s numbers)

The University provides tutoring, counseling and skills enhancement labs at no extra cost to the student if they are eligible for financial aid and complete the appropriate paperwork by the established deadline. The university in-state resident fees for four credits are approximately $1724 and include:

TUITION & FEES: $1,568.00
BOOKS: $156.00
**Figures above are based on STP 2020 fees (last year). STP 2021 cost will be available early June 2021.**

Q: Does the AAP/SSS/IED provide financial aid?

While our program does not provide financial aid, we work closely with the Office of Student Financial Aid to ensure that each eligible student is given priority consideration for financial awards.

To be considered for financial aid, you must complete and submit the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine your eligibility for grants, loans and Federal Work-Study. Our university School Code is 002103.

For additional information about the FAFSA process, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) via email at aap-iap@umd.edu and/or call 301.314.9000, Option #3.

Q: What are the AAP/SSS/IED program requirements and benefits?

Participation in a Structured First Year:

  • Participation in and successful completion of the program’s two sponsored courses (TLPL 288D and 288E, six credits)
  • Priority course registration
  • Assistance with the application process and priority consideration for student financial aid
  • Registration for 12-13 credit hours of freshman level courses in the fall with supplemental support and/or tutoring for each course (with summer credits, you will earn a total of 16-17 credits by the end of fall semester)
  • Registration for 12-16 credits the second semester (your AAP counselor will help you select appropriate courses)
  • Attendance at four student meetings, examination review sessions and advising sessions
  • Access to computer lab and resources

Participation in an Advised Second Year:

  • Assistance with completing your FAFSA
  • Required advising and priority registration for sophomore courses
  • Assistance with researching and declaring a major
  • Register to complete any failed or incomplete the program’s sponsored courses (TLPL 288D and 288E)
  • Attendance at scheduled tutoring and counseling sessions, and student evening meetings
  • Participation in examination review sessions (mid-term and end of semester)
  • Access to study abroad support

Junior/Senior Year Opportunities:

  • Opportunity to mentor at least one first- or second-year student
  • Participation in training/mentoring program that provides skills development in community service
  • Employment as a tutor (you can be paid to teach other students)
  • Participation in conferences and visits to graduate schools
  • Access to study abroad support
  • Opportunities to pursue research through the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program
  • Access to all program resources, including course support, tutoring, counseling and computer facilities

Q: If I am interested in participating in AAP, what are my next steps?

Enclosed is a checklist with detailed information about what you will need to do to participate in AAP. This includes submitting required documents that will determine your eligibility and participating in an information session for you and your parents. Once your documents are received, you will be invited to an information session and diagnostic exam.

Submission of the requested documents does not obligate you to participate in our summer program, guarantee admission to AAP or commit you to enrolling at the University of Maryland. If you do not complete the requirements and/or do not respond to this invitation, your Fall 2021 admission to Maryland will be cancelled.

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