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Educational Consulting for Academic Transitions.

Gap Year Consulting. School Placement.

Bridge Year FAQs

The Answers You Need

What is a "bridge year"?

Despite the word "year" - a bridge year is any period of time after high school when a student chooses to break away from the traditional academic path. Bridge years are also known as 'gap years' and can take place after high school graduation or after college graduation.

Are there scholarships available for bridge year programs?

Yes.  Many programs have scholarships available.

How much money do I need?

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Can I plan my experiences independently?

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How do I know if my college allows deferrals?

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When should I apply to college?

This is usually one of the first questions we get from those considering a bridge year.  We recommend completing college applications as you normally would at the start of your high school senior year. Once you have received acceptances, you can then request an admission deferral.

Do all colleges grant deferrals?

Not all colleges grant admission deferrals, therefore, it is important for students to inquire about each college's deferral policies anytime they meet with admissions reps. at their school. You can also call the admissions office to inquire about deferral policies as well.

How do I know a program is reliable?

There are a lot of ways to vet a program's reliability.  One of the best ways to assess a program's viability is to speak with alumni or the program's past participants. There's no better way to get a first-hand account of what the entire experience was like from the participant's experience with the program, the leaders, and the organization as a whole.