• Alternatives for Individual Development (AID)

    The Alternatives for Individual Development (AID) Program is an alternative admissions program at Worcester State University which provides educational assistance for students who may require support services in order to succeed in college.

    Participation in the program begins with six weeks in AID's Summer Bridge Program held in June and July. The primary focus of AID's programmatic efforts is during a student's first year. However, the program offers resources to students throughout their undergraduate experience, including academic assistance, individualized or group tutoring, assistance with budgeting/financial aid advising, and cultural enrichment.

    Summer Bridge Program Admission Info Sessions

    Learn more about how you can become eligible for the Summer Bridge Program, where you can earn up to 12 credits. The following virtual sessions are available:

    • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 5:30 p.m. - Register
    • Wednesday, January 5, 2022 5:30 p.m. - Register

    About the Program

    The program actively recruits students who show motivation and desire to succeed in higher education. Included in this category are Asian, Latino, African, and Native American (ALANA) students, low-income students and first generation students.

    To be eligible, students must be incoming first year students. Additionally, they must meet minimal admissions requirements, be a Massachusetts resident, and a U.S. citizen and/or permanent legal resident.

    When completing the Worcester State University application, students should answer “yes” to the question “I wish to be considered for admission to the Alternatives for Individual Development Program.” This question can be found under the Enrollment section of the Undergraduate Application. Letters of recommendation from guidance counselors and high school teachers are encouraged to complete the application file. In some cases an interview may be required.

    Summer Bridge Components

    Student will take approximately 9-12 credits which fulfill their general Liberal Arts and Science Curriculum (LASC) graduation requirements. Students must receive a C or better on all coursework. Educational and transitional support is offered over the summer includes small group skills building, financial aid advising, and academic advising.

    Academic Year Component Support Services

    • A.I.D. Learning Community LC 193
    • Peer mentorship
    • Monthly academic support network
    • Budget management and degree planning
    • Student-faculty mentorship
    • Individualized skills development
    • Course tutorials
    • Eligibility for Summer Vision Grant courses
    • Young Mens Group
    • Women's Circle

    To learn more about the program, please email us at