Jump Start Your College Career

A&M-Commerce presents the Rising Lion Program, an exciting summer opportunity that prepares incoming freshmen for academic success.

This structured academic program provides resources and support that will help you smoothly transition into college life. As a participant, you can jump-start your education by taking two classes during the Summer II semester scheduled to start July 10 through August 10, 2023. You will also benefit from a personal mentor, small class sizes and an Academic Success Team standing ready to help you smoothly transition into college life.

Rising Lion Program :: Benefits

The Rising Lion Program helps ease your transition from high school to college by providing:

A Head Start

Begin taking on campus college classes during the Summer II semester (July 10 – August 10). Complete two classes for a total of six credit hours.

Support

Rely on guidance from advisors, mentors and faculty who care about your success.

Engagement

Move into on-campus housing during the summer, meet new friends, join student organizations and get a jump start on the fall semester.

Summer Financial Aid

Assistance may be available to families who meet specific qualifications. Participants should submit the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 FAFSA or TASFA for funding options.

Questions?

Review our frequently asked questions.

Contact Us

[email protected]

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Rising Lion Program :: Cost Estimate

Costs based on summer 2022

Students participating in the Rising Lion Program will pay regular Summer II tuition and fees, housing and meal plan costs.  The figures shown below are from Summer 2022.  Summer 2023 prices will be available by early March.

Tuition and Fees$2,062
Housing$560
Sodexo Meal Plan (Flex)$400
Total Cost Per Student $3,022

Note: Students participating in the Rising Lion Program should plan on submitting the 2022-2023 FAFSA or TASFA to be considered for summer financial aid. Students should also plan on submitting the 2023-2024 FAFSA or TASFA for fall 2023.

Our FAFSA code: 003565

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Rising Lion Program :: deadlines

Program sign-up deadlines

Joining the Rising Lion Program is easy! You will receive an invitation to apply via your student applicant portal. The deadline to accept the invitation to join the program and complete a FAFSA or TASFA (if applicable) is June 1.

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Rising Lion FAQs

What classes will I take during the Rising Lion Program?

The courses offered will be a part of the A&M-Commerce general education core curriculum which are required for a bachelor’s degree. Classes include math, science, English and history. Based on placement scores, some students may also take developmental courses.

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When does the Rising Lion Program begin and end, and when should I move to campus?

All Rising Lion students are required to live on campus for the duration of the program. Move-in will begin on July 10, the Sunday before classes start for the Summer II semester.

Classes begin July 10–August 10.

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What are the minimum requirements to join the Rising Lion Program?

All eligible students will receive an invitation to join the Rising Lion Program.

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Who decides which two courses I will enroll in?

All Rising Lion participants must complete a New Student Summer Orientation where you will choose your classes with your academic advisor.

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What if I have vacation plans, a family reunion etc. during the time of the Rising Lion Program?

Due to the abbreviated length of the program, missing just one class could be detrimental to your success in the program. We suggest you plan your vacations around Summer II semester (July 10 – August 10).

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How much does it cost to participate in the Rising Lion Program?

Students participating in the Rising Lion Program will pay regular Summer II semester tuition and fees, housing, and meal plan costs.  Last year, participants paid a total of $3,022.  Participants should submit the FAFSA or TASFA to receive eligible funding.

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Is the Rising Lion Program In Person?

Yes, the Rising Lion Program will take place in person on the Commerce campus.  All Rising Lion participants are required to live on campus for the duration of the program.  The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our top priorities! We will follow the CDC guidelines in regards to social distancing and safety.

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May I participate in the Rising Lion Program if I have TASFA?

Yes, we accept all TASFA students.

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