Return to the Nest

Complete Your Degree at FGCU

Return to the Nest is designed for students who previously earned college credit at FGCU but did not earn a degree. We offer personalized guidance and financial support to make your transition back to FGCU smooth and successful.

Step 1: Readmission

The first step in returning to FGCU to take additional coursework is filling out the appropriate readmission application.
If you are only returning to apply for an AA or for graduation, please fill out the appropriate application through the Office of Records and Registration.

Step 2: Reacquaint yourself

After you are readmitted, you will be contacted by a Student Navigator. They are there to help with any questions and through every step of your return.

Step 3: Reapply for Financial Aid

Start by filling out both the FAFSA and the Foundation Scholarship Application.  

Returning students are encouraged to apply for the Return to the Nest Incentive Award. Students in the five-county region who have an outstanding balance from their previous enrollment are prioritized and those in their last semester.  

In-state students should also establish residency. Please fill out this form and return it to

Step 4: Re-enroll

Either in your original major or on a potentially faster path! Be sure to meet with an Academic Advisor to confirm your course selection. 

Step 5: Re-engage

Get Involved with FGCU, earn Digital Badges, earn Service Learning Hours, etc.

Join hundreds of Eagles who have already soared back into the nest to complete their educational journeys!

Interested in learning more about Return to the Nest?

Complete the inquiry form below and we will reach out with next steps. 


FutureMakers Coalition

FGCU is a proud member of the FutureMakers Coalition. Through the FutureMakers Coalition's efforts to ensure more residents of all backgrounds get an education beyond high school, Southwest Florida has been designated a "Talent Hub" by Lumina Foundation, joining 22 other communities around the country.

Learn More about Future Makers Coalition

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Return to the Nest Incentive Award?

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  • Who is considered a returning student? 

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  • Who is a Student Navigator? 

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  • What is the difference between FGCU Complete and Return to the Nest? 

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