Transfer Orientation Programs (TOP)

TOP is a half-day orientation program for transfer students where you will:

  • Complete any course placement exams.
  • Review your transfer credit evaluation and discuss your degree program with an academic advisor.
  • Register for your first semester courses.
  • Take picture for your student I.D.
  • Have an opportunity to meet with financial aid and housing staff.

Attendance at a TOP is mandatory in order to enroll at Saginaw Valley.

Important Financial Aid Information

All students are strongly encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ASAP for the 2014-15 academic year. SVSU has no deadline for applying for aid, but we encourage students to apply as early as possible. You can complete the FAFSA online at . The FAFSA must be completed every year to determine a student's eligibility for aid.

Apply for U.S. Department of Education personal identification number (PIN) by . Both you and your parents can apply for a PIN and use it to electronically sign your FAFSA form, thus making the application process simpler and faster. These PIN numbers can be used every year and your parents only need one PIN for all their children.

When completing your FAFSA, be sure to include SVSU's federal institutional code: 002314. In order to have your FAFSA information sent to Saginaw Valley you will need to list our code in the first line of Step 6 on the FAFSA form.

For more information regarding the financial aid process, scholarship opportunities, and cost of attendance information please visit our web site at

Students will have an opportunity to meet with financial aid advisors on their TOP date, but we encourage students to plan ahead and make an appointment with a financial aid advisor by calling 989.964.4900.

TOP Dates

Winter, Spring/Summer, and Fall 2015
  • To view dates and register for an orientation session, please log in to mySVSU.