FAQs for Accepted Bridges Students

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Preparing for the Program

1. What do I do after I am accepted?

You will need to confirm your participation in the Bridges Program. Please follow the directions in your email notification. You will need to log in to your Applicant Status Page to complete your confirmation forms. Once all of your forms are complete, you will receive a confirmation received email. Please check your email frequently as all communication regarding this program will be electronic.

Confirmation is required to participate in the program.

2. How do I send my confirmation materials to you?

Please see question #1 for instructions on completing your confirmation forms. Submit your signed confirmation forms online by the deadlines listed below:

  • Session I: October 8, 2021
  • Session II: October 15, 2021
  • Session III: October 29, 2021
  • Session IV: November 5, 2021

3. What should I bring with me?

See What to Bring. Please do not bring more than you can carry!

4. Can I bring family members and friends with me?

You are welcome to bring family members or friends with you. However, Miami University does not provide programming for family members or friends during the Bridges Program. They are welcome to explore campus on their own or sign up to attend an Information Session and Campus Tour while you participate in the Bridges Program. Additionally, Miami only provides transportation and lodging for the participating student. Thus, family members and friends who accompany you will need to arrange for their own lodging and facilitate their own transportation to and from campus. This includes transportation to and from the airport or bus station.

5. Where will I stay?

Students selected for the Bridges Program will stay in a residence hall with another Bridges participant of the same gender.

6. Where can my family/friends stay if they accompany me?

Family members and friends are welcome to arrange their own accommodations. We have a number of restaurants near campus as well.

7. What meals are provided?

We will be providing a snack bag and dinner on Sunday and breakfast and lunch on Monday. If you think you'll want additional snacks/drinks, you will need to bring spending money.

8. What am I going to do when I get there? What is the schedule of events?

Check out the Tentative Program Agenda.

Transportation to the Program

9. How will I travel to and from campus?

Round-trip transportation will be provided from the following locations:

Session I: October 17-18  
Columbus and Portsmouth

Session II: October 24-25
Cincinnati and Dayton

Session III: November 7-8
Akron, Cleveland, and Toledo

Session IV: November 14-15
Out of State (via Cincinnati and Dayton airports and Cincinnati bus stations)

10. What if I am unable to attend the session for which transportation is being provided?

You may request to attend another session; however, you must provide your own transportation to and from Miami University.

Session IV: November 14-15 — Out-of-State Participants Only

Please note: Questions #11-20 are only for out-of-state students who participate in Session IV.

11. Will I be reimbursed for my travel to/from the Oxford campus?

Transportation is provided for all sessions. All students attending Session IV whose home address is outside the state of Ohio will be reimbursed up to $300 for a round-trip plane/bus ticket or up to $200 in mileage costs. (Also see questions #12 and #13.)

12. If I am driving to/from campus, what is the reimbursement rate?

We will reimburse only out-of-state students up to $200 for mileage of one vehicle at $0.535 per mile from the student's home address to Miami University's Oxford campus during Session IV only. Students will be reimbursed for round-trip mileage; for example, if a student lives 32 miles away from campus, they will be reimbursed a total of 64 miles or $36.80. Reimbursement for auto travel does not include food, lodging, tolls, etc. Mileage reimbursements will automatically be calculated by the Office of Admission; no additional information is needed.

If you live more than five hours away from Miami University and are driving, please email outreach@MiamiOH.edu to let us know.

13. If I am flying or taking a bus, what is the reimbursement rate?

We will reimburse up to $300 for the cost of a round-trip airline ticket and up to $200 for participants traveling by bus. This reimbursement is for out-of-state students attending Session IV only. Only the out-of-state student selected to attend this program is eligible for reimbursement. Airline reimbursement includes the baggage fees for one standard checked bag up to $50.

If someone other than a parent or guardian purchases the student’s ticket, they will be reimbursed according to the same guidelines. Students must provide this information when uploading their receipts to their Applicant Status Page (log-in required). Please see below for exclusions to this rule. All receipts MUST be received by Friday, December 3, 2021.

Receipts/airline itineraries must include the following:

  • Passenger name (circle)
  • Total flight amount (circle)
  • Proof of payment (circle) that shows the type of payment and the last 4 digits of the credit card number
  • Coach class designation
  • Dates and cities of travel

The following items are not eligible for reimbursement:

  • Travel agency fees
  • Flight change fees
  • Additional charges relating to seat upgrades and/or seat selection
  • Tickets purchased using frequent flyer miles

Please note, if you use sites such as Expedia or Travelocity, make sure the receipt has your method of payment and the last 4 digits of your card number listed. We cannot process your reimbursement without it.

14. Will I be reimbursed for checked luggage?

Yes, students will be reimbursed for one bag at a maximum weight of 50 lbs. and at a maximum cost of $50. If a student’s bag is larger and/or weighs more than the airline allows, the student will not be reimbursed for any additional fees.

15. What airport should I fly into, and what is the name, location, and code?

Out-of-state students accepted for Session IV can fly into either of the following airports:

  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (Name), Hebron, KY (Location), CVG (Code)
  • Dayton International Airport (Name), Vandalia, OH (Location), DAY (Code)

16. How will I travel to/from the airport/bus station?

We will facilitate transportation to and from campus for out-of-state students arriving by air or bus to Cincinnati or Dayton. This includes Greyhound Bus or Megabus to and from Cincinnati and the Cincinnati or Dayton airport. We will facilitate transportation for you (Bridges Program participant only) to and from those locations and Miami University.

17. If I fly with a parent/guardian, what travel options are available to get us from the airport to campus?

Several transportation options are available for pick-up and drop-off services (for a fee).

18. What if I miss my flight or need to cancel my trip after I have paid for my ticket?

We are able to reimburse only those who have completed travel to and from the Oxford campus for the Bridges Program. We are not able to reimburse for missed or canceled flights for personal reasons. If your flight is canceled by the airline, please contact the air carrier for their cancellation policies.

19. When will I be reimbursed?

Typically, it takes 10–12 weeks for reimbursement. A check will be mailed to your permanent address that we have on record. University and IRS rules prohibit us from processing reimbursement before all travel has concluded. As such, the earliest we can begin the reimbursement process is the Friday after you depart from the program.

In order to be reimbursed, you MUST successfully complete the Bridges Program.

Please see question #13 for information on what receipts/airline itineraries should include and question #20 on what you need to submit for reimbursement.

20. What do I need to submit for reimbursement?

In order to process your reimbursement, you must complete and upload the following items to your Applicant Status Page (log-in required):

  • Reimbursement Certification and Approval Form (This form must be completed and signed by the student.)
  • W-9 Form (This form must be completed and signed by the student.)
  • Direct Deposit Form
  • Receipts

The forms listed above can be found in the logistics email you'll receive after confirming participation in the Bridges Program.

Please see question #13 for information on what receipts/airline itineraries should include.

Fee Waiver for Applying to Miami University

21. How do I get my application fee waiver?

In order to receive the application fee waiver, you must successfully complete the Bridges Program. Once you do, your record is updated, and the fee for your application is automatically waived.

When you apply to Miami University-Oxford, you will need to select the Bridges Program fee waiver option on Miami's member questions on the Common Application. 

22. What if I already paid the Miami University–Oxford application fee in addition to completing the Bridges program?

If you have already paid the application fee, we will automatically reimburse you once you've fully completed the program.

23. Can I use the fee waiver for enrollment at one of Miami's regional campuses?

No. The application fee waiver is valid for enrollment at the main campus in Oxford only.

Bridges Program Scholarship

24. How do I get the Bridges Program scholarship, and will I receive the scholarship for all four years of college?

Students who successfully complete the Bridges Program and apply, receive acceptance, and enroll full time at Miami's Oxford campus for Fall 2022 will be considered for a Bridges Program scholarship. Scholarships are renewable for up to four years if you maintain a 2.50 GPA at Miami University.

25. Am I able to combine this scholarship with other Miami scholarships?


COVID-19 Safety Requirements

26. Why am I being asked to provide documentation of my COVID-19 negative status?

It is University policy that any visitor staying overnight provide this documentation.

27. What if I am unable or unwilling to provide the COVID-19 status documentation?

You will not be able to participate in the Bridges Program without providing your Medical History Form with uploaded COVID-19 negative status documentation by the deadline listed on your Applicant Status Page