GRIT Pathway Program

The UWF GRIT Pathway Program is for freshmen applicants who demonstrate potential for success in college, but who we feel would benefit from transitional support in order to maximize their achievements at UWF.


Program Overview

  • Participants are offered the GRIT Pathway for Fall 2021 by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
    • The deadline to confirm acceptance is July 30, 2021.
  • Students will be enrolled in a maximum of 11 credit hours for the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Students must enroll in the Academic Foundation for Success Course (1 credit hour).
  • Students must attend an initial meeting with GRIT Pathway staff the first week of class.
  • Students will also participate in GRIT program requirements, including:
  • Academic Strategies Workshops.
  • Bi-weekly check-in meetings with their GRIT Coach.
  • Students will register for orientation the same as all other entering FTIC.
    • There is NOT a special orientation for GRIT Pathway students.

Benefits

  • Participants will join a learning community specifically geared towards ensuring a successful transition to college (optional).
  • Students are placed together in one of their general education courses wherever possible.
  • Academic Foundation courses are reserved specifically for GRIT Pathway students.

Points of Contact

  • Questions about the admission process or steps to enrolling:
    Ethan Henley 
    ehenley@uwf.edu

  • Questions about the GRIT Pathway Program activities, support resources, etc.
    Shelby Robinett
    srobinett@uwf.edu

Confirmation Process – GRIT Acknowledgment Form

By submitting this GRIT Acknowledgment Form, you acknowledge the following requirements of the GRIT Program. Additionally, this form will confirm your acceptance to join the GRIT Program. Please complete all fields and allow 3 to 5 business days to process your acknowledgment form. Once received, your formal intent to enroll will then be reflected in your MyUWF portal.

GRIT Acknowledgment Form

By submitting this acknowledgment form, you agree to the following requirements of the GRIT Pathway Program:

  • Enrolling in a maximum of 11 credit hours for the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Enrolling in the Academic Foundation for Success course (1 credit hour).
  • Signing up for UWF Orientation by June 1, 2021 or 1-2 business days after submission of the GRIT Acknowledgment Form.
  • Participating in program requirements, including Academic Strategies Workshops and bi-weekly meetings with a GRIT coach.
  • Submitting this acknowledgment form by July 15, 2021 to be admitted for Fall 2021.

General FAQs

Why was this my admissions decision?

Students offered admissions to the GRIT Pathway Program have demonstrated potential success in college, but overall GPA and ACT/SAT test scores suggest they most benefit from transitional support to maximize their achievements at the University of West Florida. 

What are the benefits of becoming a GRIT Pathway Program student?

Students enrolled in the GRIT Pathway Program will connected to a variety of support resources to aid in their transition to college in addition to taking a reduced course load. Through the Academic Foundations for Success course, students will build connections with other UWF faculty and staff, connect with other GRIT students, and be exposed to the numerous academic, social, and health resources available on campus.

Further explanation of GRIT Pathway acceptance:

The GRIT Pathway Program requires students to abide by the requirement of the program, which were set forth in the student’s admission letter.

 

Program Admission FAQs

Are students required to attend GRIT?

The GRIT Pathway program is required if a student intends to enroll at UWF for the fall semester.

Are students able to submit new academic information and no longer be required to attend GRIT?

Students can submit new ACT/SAT test scores or transcripts and be reviewed by the Admissions Decisions Committee for an updated Admissions Decision. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions regarding any new academic information. The deadline for reconsideration is July 1, 2021. After this date, the original offer of admission will stand.

What is a student’s option is they decide not to enroll in the GRIT Pathway Program?

Students who decide not to attend the GRIT Pathway Program can be considered for an admission deferral to Spring 2022.

How long do students have to confirm/reserve spot in the GRIT Pathway Program?

The GRIT Pathway Program has a limited number of seats, so students should reserve their spots as soon as possible. The final deadline for students to confirm their intent to enroll in the GRIT Program is May 1, 2021. After this deadline, space in the program is not guaranteed.

How do students confirm/reserve spot in the GRIT Pathway Program?

Students can access their MyUWF account and search GRIT Acknowledgment Form. From there, they will be able to complete and submit the acknowledgment form to complete their intent to enroll and agree to the required terms and conditions of the program. 

When is Orientation for GRIT Pathway Program students?

Students admitted into the GRIT Pathway Program will select from any open freshmen orientation session during the summer. Registration can be found in the Next Steps checklist in their MyUWF account.

 

Program Details FAQs

What are the requirements of the GRIT Pathway program?

- Students must be enrolled in a maximum of 11 credit hours for the Fall 2021 semester.  
- Students must enroll in the Academic Foundations for Success course (1 credit hour).
- Students must attend an initial meeting with their GRIT Coach during first week of class.  
- Students will participate in program requirements, including Academic Strategies Workshops and bi-weekly meetings with their GRIT Coach.  

What courses will students be taking during the GRIT Pathway Program?

In addition to the Academic Foundations for Success course, students will be registered for courses that will apply to their desired degree program. Students will meet with their First Year Advisor during new student orientation in the summer to register for courses. 

Are students limited to a maximum of 11 credit hours beyond Fall?

Students will be free to register as full-time students beginning in the Spring semester.

 

Financial Aid & Bill Payment FAQs

Can GRIT Pathway Program students receive financial aid?

GRIT students can receive financial aid in order to help them cover the costs of the program. Students must complete the 2021/2022 FAFSA to receive aid in the 2021/2022 academic year. 

What if the Academic Foundations for Success course does not fall on a student’s degree plan and is not covered by certain forms of financial aid?

In very limited cases, some degree programs may not allow for outside electives such as the Academic Foundations for Success course. Some forms of financial aid may not cover this course if it falls outside of a degree plan. Since this course provides the foundation of the GRIT Pathway Program and offers a variety of unique and exceptional benefits, it will be the responsibility of the student to make the necessary financial arrangements to ensure the cost of the course is covered.

Students are highly encouraged to complete the FAFSA, as some forms of aid can be used to cover this cost.

Can I use my VA benefits while in the GRIT program?

Degree-seeking students are eiligible to use VA benefits. For certification information, please contact the Military & Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) at mvrc@uwf.edu or 850.474.2550.

How will the 11 credit hour maximum requirement affect my VA stipend?

The 11 credit hour maximum will place your VA Certification at 3/4 time for your living stipend and use 3/4 time of a month.

The following spring semester, when enrolling in 12 credit hours, term 1 (NOTE: credit requirements change with terms and semester), your VA Certification will be full-time for your living stipend and use one month of benefits.

When do GRIT Pathway Program students pay the bill for the semester?

All fees for Fall 2021 will be due no later than August 13, 2021.

Housing & Meal Plans FAQs

Are GRIT Pathway Program students required to stay on campus?

No. However, living on campus is highly encouraged for all first year students. Previous GRIT Pathway participants have elected to join one of the Living Learning Communities when choosing to live on campus, particularly our ArgoFirst Community. Joining a community comes at no additional cost and gives students a chance to engage in a high impact practice within their first year at UWF. 

Are GRIT Pathway Program students requirement to have a meal plan?

If a student lives on campus their first year, a meal plan is required. If a student is not living on campus, a meal plan is optional.