The page uses Browser Access Keys to help with keyboard navigation. Click to learn moreSkip to Navigation

Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate accesskey shortcuts. Please reference the following list to use access keys on your system.

Alt and the accesskey, for Internet Explorer on Windows
Shift and Alt and the accesskey, for Firefox on Windows
Shift and Esc and the accesskey, for Windows or Mac
Ctrl and the accesskey, for the following browsers on a Mac: Internet Explorer 5.2, Safari 1.2, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape 6+.

We use the following access keys on our gateway

n Skip to Navigation
k Accesskeys description
h Help
    Florida State College
   
 
  Sep 20, 2017
 
 
    
2009-2010 Catalog [Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010] [Archived Catalog]

Admissions



General Admissions Eligibility

As provided herein, requirements for admission shall be approved by the Florida State College at Jacksonville District Board of Trustees, shall be maintained in the College’s official curricular files, and shall be reflected in the College Catalog.

  1. College Credit Programs
    1. General admissions eligibility for college credit programs is as follows:
      1. The individual must have earned a standard or college–ready high school diploma or the equivalency of a high school diploma.
      2. The individual must be a U.S. citizen.
    2. Individuals who have not graduated from high school may be admitted in any of the following cases.
      1. Dual Enrollment Individuals enrolled at a public or private high school or home school may be admitted if they meet the dual enrollment requirements in accordance with state statute and rules.
      2. Limited Special Admission Individuals enrolled at a public or private high school or home school may enroll for no more than 12 hours of college credit coursework with parental consent. Students enrolling under this provision must be qualified for college level coursework by assessment and are responsible for all tuition and fees.
      3. Collaborative Academic Programs Non–high school graduates may be admitted for participation in collaborative academic programs at the discretion of the College administration.
      4. Statutorily Required Individuals who are eligible for admission under Florida Statute will be admitted.
    3. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens may be admitted if they meet the high school graduation criteria and if they are in full compliance with all federal immigration rules.
  2. Selective Admissions Some college credit programs have additional admissions requirements as established by the College administration.
  3. Continuing Education Courses All individuals 18 or older are eligible to participate in Continuing Education courses. Minors may be allowed to participate at the discretion of College administration.

In compliance with Florida Statute 119.071(5), Florida State College at Jacksonville issues this notification regarding the purpose of the collection and use of Social Security numbers. Florida State College will collect your Social Security Number (SSN) if specifically required by law to do so or if necessary for the performance of the College’s duties and responsibilities. The College takes appropriate measures to secure SSNs from unauthorized access and does not release SSNs to other parties except as required to fulfill the College’s duties and responsibilities. A student may refuse to disclose his or her SSN to the College, but the IRS is then authorized to fine the student in the amount of $50. Additional information related to the use of social security numbers can be found  in the Student Rights and Responsibilities section of the College catalog.

back to page top

Enrollment Procedures

Enrollment Procedures for College Credit Programs

Enrollment procedures for students entering Florida State College’s college credit programs are different for students in varying circumstances. Below is a list of admissions categories. Find the one that best describes your situation and go to the section indicated to learn what is required for enrollment.

Type of Student Goal

First-Time-In-College Degree Seeking

Earn a degree (B.A.S., A.A., A.S., A.A.S. or TC) at Florida State College

Incoming Transfer

Transfer to Florida State College’s college credit program from another college/university.

Students with Degree Seeking Second Degree

Earn a second degree (B.A.S., A.A., A.S. or A.A.S.) at Florida State College

Non-Degree-Seeking

Earn college credit without earning a degree at Florida State College

High School

Earn college credit while in high school

Military

Earn college credit via SOC or SOCNAV programs

International

Earn college credit as a visiting foreign student (non-resident)

First-Time-in-College Degree Seeking Students

Applicants in this category are those who intend to earn a college degree from Florida State College and have never attended Florida State College or any other institution. If this describes your situation, please take the following steps to enrollment:

  1. Application and Fee Call (904) 359-5433 to have an application packet mailed to you or visit our Web site. Submit a completed application and the appropriate application fee. Be sure to indicate in the “Educational Plans” section of the application that you intend to earn your degree at the College. The application and fee may be submitted online or to any campus enrollment services office.
  2. High School Transcript If you graduated or will graduate from a high school outside of Duval, St. Johns or Clay county; or if you graduated or will graduate from a private school, please have your high school send an official transcript of your grades and credits with graduation date indicated to the Student Records Office, Florida State College, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515. If you graduated from a public school in either Duval (after June 1989), St. Johns (after June 1993) or Clay (after June 1992) county, the College will automatically request your high school transcript after we receive your application. If our request for your transcript is not honored by the high school, students will be notified by mail to request their own official transcript. Individuals completing high school outside of the United States must submit official documents in their native language and have it translated into English by a certified translator. When necessary, at the individuals expense, educational system evaluation and U.S. conversion may be required by a certified company.
  3. Welcome Letter Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a welcome letter from the College. Included with this letter will be information outlining steps new students are required to take before enrolling in classes, such as placement testing and College orientation. As your records are reviewed, you will receive additional information regarding your admissions approval. See admissions criteria.
  4. Financial Aid Application If you are interested in receiving financial aid, call or visit the enrollment services office on campus. The Welcome Center can also mail you an application for federal student aid, or visit our Web site.
  5. Career Goal If you haven’t already decided on a career goal and program of study, make an appointment with a counselor at the Career Development Center on campus.
  6. Assessment After receiving the letter notifying you of your admission to Florida State College, contact the Assessment and Certification Center on campus and take the required assessment for course placement. (Students with SAT or ACT report scores that are less than two years old may use their test scores). Orientation Complete the New Student Orientation, either by video (about a half–hour in length) or through live group session on campus (about one hour).
  7. First Term Academic Advising All first–time students will meet with an academic advisor who will review your placement scores and suggest appropriate courses for your first term.
  8. Registration During the appropriate registration period, register for the courses you plan to take this term using Florida State College’s Web site registration system, Connections, or enrollment services on campus.
  9. Tuition and Fees Tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline. Payment may be made mail, online or by visiting the business affairs office on campus.
  10. Identification Card Obtain a student identification card on campus.
  11. Parking Decal A parking decal may be picked up from any campus security office.

Incoming Transfer Students to Florida State College’s Degree Programs

If you have attended and received college credit from institutions other than Florida State College and desire to complete your degree at Florida State College, please take the following steps to enrollment:

  1. Application and Fee Call (904) 359-5433 to have an application packet mailed to you or visit our Web site. Submit a completed application and the appropriate application fee. Be sure to indicate in the “Educational Plans” section of the application that you intend to earn your degree at the College. The application and fee may be submitted online or to any campus enrollment services office.
  2. College Transcripts Have official transcripts from all colleges attended sent to the Student Records Office, Florida State College, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515. If these transcripts are not received within one term, subsequent registration will be blocked. All transcripts must be evaluated before a student can be approved for financial aid.
  3. Welcome Letter Once your application and transcript(s) have been submitted, you will receive a welcome letter from the College. Included with this letter will be information outlining steps new students are required to take before enrolling in classes, such as placement testing and College orientation. As your records are reviewed, you will receive additional information regarding your admissions approval. See admissions criteria.
  4. Financial Aid Application If you are interested in receiving financial aid, call or visit the enrollment services office on campus. The Welcome Center can also mail you an application for federal student aid. All prior college coursework must be received and evaluated before you can be considered for financial aid.
  5. Admissions Placement Survey Go to any student success office and complete an admissions placement survey (APS) to establish a course placement record and document previous coursework in English, reading and mathematics. Also, if you have ACT or SAT scores less than two years old, bring these along. You will be advised if any further testing is required.
  6. Orientation Complete the New Student Orientation online, by video (about a half–hour in length) or through live group session on campus (about one hour).
  7. Academic Advising Make an appointment with an academic advisor to help select your classes. Bring along a copy of your transcripts if possible. This advising will be unofficial if your transcripts have not been officially evaluated. You should return for official advising once you receive notice that your transcripts have been evaluated. Make an appointment by calling the counseling and advising center. Any questions that you may have about the evaluation can be discussed at this time.
  8. Registration Contact any student success office counseling and advising center for assistance if there is any difficulty with registration. It may happen because all records may not yet be on file. During the appropriate registration period, register for the courses you plan to take this term using Connections or at enrollment services office on campus.
  9. Tuition and Fees Tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline. Payment may be made by mail, online or by visiting the business affairs office on campus.
  10. Identification Card After registering, go to the student I.D. center and get a photo I.D. (identification card). All students are required to carry their I.D. while on College property.
  11. Parking Decal A parking decal may be picked up at any campus security office.
  12. Deadlines, Policies and Procedures After your orientation session, be certain to review important College policies and procedures in detail. They include policies and procedures related to drop deadlines, course withdrawal deadlines, standards of academic progress, financial aid eligibility requirements, standards of student conduct, grading, and student academic support services. Consult the college catalog and class schedule for this information.
  13. Graduation Status An academic degree audit can be obtained at your counseling office or visit the State Web site at Florida Academic Counseling and Tracking for Students (FACTS). Transfer students must complete at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College and meet all other Florida State College graduation requirements.

Evaluation of Other College Transcripts

Transcripts from all colleges attended are evaluated for Florida State College degree–seeking students and vocational certificate students only. All courses attempted at the freshman and sophomore levels are evaluated. Transfer credit and the assigned whole grades (plus or minus designations removed) are used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. Upper division courses will only be evaluated when they are substantially equivalent to courses offered at Florida State College. Florida State College does not evaluate transcripts for external agencies.

Transfer credit may be accepted from degree granting institutions that are accredited at the collegiate level by an appropriate regional or national accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Courses are also accepted from institutions recognized and participating in the Florida Department of Education Statewide Course Numbering System. Transfer courses are subject to a course–by–course evaluation process to determine if the course is equivalent to courses offered at Florida State College.

For courses that are initially deemed nontransferable to Florida State College, the following supporting documentation must be submitted, by the student, for each course requested for reconsideration: (1) a copy of each course syllabus must include course title, course length, course description, text used and (2) verification of faculty credentials including college transcripts, professional licensure and/or certifications, and work experience in the field. The course syllabus must be the syllabus from the specific course section and semester that appears on the transcript. The faculty credentials must reflect the credentials at the time that the professor taught the course specified on the transcript. The student should submit this supporting documentation to: College Registrar, Florida State College, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515.

Students with college credit from outside the United States must have an English translation and course–by–course evaluation performed, at students’ expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Examples of acceptable services are Josef Silny & Associates and World Education Services.

Quarter credit hours from external colleges are converted to semester credit hours at the rate of one–quarter hour is equivalent to 0.67 semester–hours. For example, a three–quarter credit hour course becomes a two–semester hour course and a five–quarter credit hour course becomes a three and one–third–semester credit hour course. If quarter hours have been transferred, consult with your academic counselor/advisor to ensure that program credit hour requirements will be met.

Students with Degree Seeking Second Degree

Students who have earned an associate in arts degree or higher from a college outside the state of Florida may enroll at Florida State College to pursue a bachelor of applied science, associate in arts, associate in science or associate in applied science degree. Students who have completed an associate in arts degree or higher from a Florida public or private college may not pursue the same degree at Florida State College, but they may pursue a bachelor of applied science, associate in science or associate in applied science degree.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

If you want to take college credit courses but you do not intend to earn your degree at Florida State College, all you need to do is submit a completed application and the $25 application fee. Call (904) 359-5433 to have an application mailed to you, or simply apply and pay online in Connections. No transcripts are required, but students may need to show proof of completion of a course prerequisite or present a permission letter from their previous institution. Placement testing will be required only if you desire to enroll in a mathematics, English or reading course. Please note that non–degree seeking students cannot be certified for financial aid. If you desire to switch to a degree seeking status in the future, contact the enrollment services office on your campus and follow the procedures for degree–seeking students in the previous section. Non–degree seeking students are required to obtain and carry a Florida State College identification card.

Students Seeking College Credit While Still in High School

Dual Enrollment for High School Students

The dual enrollment program enables qualified high school students to receive simultaneous high school and college credit for courses they take as dual enrollment. Eligible students include Duval and Nassau high school juniors and seniors whose county school board, private school, or home school has an articulation agreement with Florida State College to offer dual enrollment courses. These students must possess established high school grade point averages and must earn the required college entry scores on the Florida College Entry Level Placement Test (FCELPT), ACT or SAT to qualify. Students take a limited number of credit hours each term and do not pay tuition and fees. Books may be paid for by the high school. Upon successful completion of college courses, students will also earn high school credits.

All dual enrollment is handled by the designated campus dual enrollment coordinator. Dual enrollment students are NOT permitted to enroll at a enrollment services office or online. A high school representative must submit an application packet to the campus dual enrollment coordinator that includes the following:

  1. A dual enrollment application signed by the student, parent and guidance counselor.
  2. A transcript reflecting the appropriate grade point average.
  3. An official copy of the student’s scores on the Florida College Entry Level Placement Test (FCELPT), SAT or ACT.

Dual enrolled high school students are not required to pay an application fee to enroll in dual enrolled classes. Payment is required when registering for other than dual enrolled classes or when requesting a transcript.

Early Admission

The early admission program is a dual enrollment program which allows applicants to enter Florida State College as full–time students at the end of their junior year in high school, earn college credits and still graduate with their high school class. The program is governed by all the dual enrollment requirements listed above, with the exception of requiring a higher high school grade point average.

Military Personnel Seeking College Credit

Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

SOC is a consortium of some 1835 colleges and universities dedicated to meeting the voluntary educational needs of members of the military service. SOC member institutions act as “home campus” for service members who, by prior agreement, earn academic credits elsewhere. Service members desiring to participate in SOC may do so by calling (904) 633-8134.

Service Members Opportunity Colleges Navy (SOCNAV)

SOCNAV is a network of some 126 colleges agreeing to accept in transfer, with previous approval, courses applicable to the student’s degree program.

SOCNAV students/applicants must coordinate all activities (student agreement forms, transfer advising and possible rating credit) through the Florida State College office at any of the Navy bases or through the Military Education Institute office by calling (904) 633-8134.

International Students

International Applicants

For admission purposes, applicants are classified as international students only if the applicants require the College to issue an I–20 to be presented to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a student F–1 visa. Florida State College will not issue an I–20 to an individual for the sole purpose of studying the English language.

Individuals who have been admitted to the United States as immigrants and have been issued resident alien numbers are not classified as international students for admission purposes. These individuals must follow the special admission classification procedures for non–U.S. citizens (lawfully approved permanent residents, temporary permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) and non–immigrant visa holders.

Applicants must submit the following items:

  1. Application for international admission as degree seeking students.
  2. Application fee of $80, (a non–refundable, non–transferable processing fee).
  3. Proof of previous education as follows:
    1. A certified English translation of the transcript (for high school graduates who have never attended college), or
    2. A certified English translation and evaluation of transcript(s) of foreign college(s) for students who have attended college previously. Students transferring from a U.S. college are required to submit transcripts from all colleges attended.
  4. Proof of proficiency in the use of the English language. Students from non–English speaking countries must submit to the College admissions office an original copy of satisfactory scores on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), available through the Educational Testing Service, Rosedale Rd., Princeton, N.J. 08541.
  5. A statement showing that financial resources are available for travel, tuition and fees, books and living expenses while in school. Applicants may also be requested to show evidence that there are funds to cover these expenses on deposit in a United States bank.

No international applicants will be considered for admission until items one through five have been received. To be considered for any term, all items must be received at least 90 days prior to the student’s initial term of admission. Applicants must be at least 17 years of age by the first day of class. Students under the age of 18 must have local living arrangements with a guardian or relative approved by their parents prior to arrival. Florida State College does not provide on-campus housing. International students accepted for admission will be notified of their acceptance and will be provided with Form I–20A as required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. International students should be enrolled and satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 credit hours for the fall term (I) and 12 credit hours for the spring term (II) and six credit hours for any summer term (III). For more information contact the College admissions office.

Note

Prior to registration, international students take a college placement test to determine their proficiency in English, reading and math. Based upon the results of this placement test, students may be assigned to English as a Second Language classes (EAP 1000 and above), preparatory math, English composition or reading classes. These classes are not intended for transfer, counted for graduation or calculated in total hours or in grade point. These additional courses will add additional terms and the student will be required to include this additional expense when calculating the necessary funds to complete their degree program.

Enrollment for Continuing Education Programs

Through its continuing education program, Florida State College offers a wide variety of continuing workforce education and recreation courses. These courses are offered throughout the community college district wherever the need exists and adequate facilities are available. Courses are taught in public schools, industrial plants, commercial office buildings, on all the campuses and centers of the College, and other suitable locations. The length and frequency of meetings for classes differ and are determined by the type and objectives of each course.

The primary purpose of these courses is to provide individuals with the training needed to upgrade or broaden their present skills and enhance their occupational opportunities. This training also provides the business and industrial community with trained personnel.

The College maintains close liaison with outside agencies to facilitate the educational and training needs of the community. These groups include: program advisory committees, professional and civic organizations, governmental agencies, business and industry as well as various other groups.

A high school diploma is not required for enrollment in most continuing workforce education courses, but students must be at least 16 years old.

New participants in the College’s continuing education programs must submit an application.

Non–resident aliens may enroll in continuing workforce education courses; however, the College will not issue immigration papers based on this enrollment.

Specialized Continuing Education Programs

Numerous education programs are offered to meet the needs of professionals by updating knowledge and skills required for current practice.

Topics and locations will vary to meet the diverse needs of the community. Current areas of emphasis include health and nursing, computer information technology, insurance, real estate, financial planning and event management. For information call (904) 359-5433.

Teacher Continuing Education

Florida State College offers coursework for teachers interested in updating their skills, adding to their content or renewing their teaching certificate. They can select from a variety of courses including English, history, psychology, science, mathematics and computers.

Educator Preparation Institute — Teach First Coast

Florida State College’s Teach First Coast program is a response to the teacher shortage in Florida. This program prepares non-education majors and mid–career individuals with a bachelor’s degree in needed content areas to complete their professional (not temporary) teaching certification. Program participants will complete a competency–based alternative certification program. They will also prepare to sit for the Professional Educator Test, the General Knowledge Test and a Subject Area Exam. Please refer to the individual course descriptions.

Teleconferencing/Videoconferencing

Florida State College is a leader in providing quality teleconferencing and videoconferencing services to Northeast Florida. As part of a statewide network of satellite downlink sites, Florida State College offers C–Band and Ku–Band satellite downlinking, program videotaping, meeting rooms for large and small groups, catering, event planning, large screen projection, phone and fax lines, Internet access, expert technical support, and a trained staff. Florida State College also provides videoconferencing facilities at selected campus sites. Ideal for small, face–to–face meetings, videoconferencing technology uses telephone lines to connect people in different cities, thereby eliminating the costs and lost productivity often associated with business travel. A regular host of special teleconference events on topics ranging from law and education to health care and the environment, Florida State College offers affordable, convenient training and networking opportunities to businesses, government and the local community. For information call (904) 633-8312.

Professional Development and Self–Enrichment

A variety of courses are offered for professional development and self enrichment. Brochures are available for a wide variety of courses that provide new skills, help develop new and exciting interests and offer opportunities to have fun while in pursuit of lifelong learning goals. For information call (904) 359-5433.

back to page top

Registration Procedures for College Credit Programs

Terms and Definitions

Credit

The credit is the unit of measure for college coursework.

Course Load

Full–time students must enroll for a minimum of 12 credits per term.

The maximum class load is usually 18 credits. To receive overload permission, students must get approval from the campus dean of student success.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Some college credit courses include specific requirements which must be met prior to enrollment. Specific requirements may include prerequisites (courses which must be satisfactorily completed prior to enrollment), corequisites (courses which must be taken at the same time of enrollment) or other specific conditions. Prerequisites and corequisites for any course are subject to change. Students must meet the prerequisite and corequisite requirements of any course at the time the student attempts to register for that course. If you have questions about the prerequisites or corequisites for a course, please contact any academic advisor. The College reserves the right to drop a course from a student’s schedule if the course prerequisite, corequisite, or other specific conditions have not been met.

How to Register

Florida State College offers two ways to register: online in Connections and in person on campus. You are encouraged to register by Web registration. However, if you need additional assistance please visit the enrollment services office on any campus for registration help. Web instructions are online and printed in the Career Training and University Transfer schedule.

Schedule Changes and Add/Drop

Schedule changes may be made on any registration day prior to the first day of classes or during the add/drop period advertised in the Career Training and University Transfer schedule.

Level changes (a transfer from one level of a class in a subject to another level) may be made after the final drop day with the approval of the instructor and appropriate dean.

Final Drop Day

Final drop day is the last day upon which students may drop a course and be eligible for a full refund of fees paid for that course. Courses officially dropped will be removed from the students’ records. The final drop day will be scheduled so that all students have an opportunity to drop a course on or after the first scheduled class meeting.

Cancellation of a Course by the College

If the College cancels a class at any time prior to its completion, students’ enrollment in that class will be cancelled, and they will be entitled to a 100 percent refund of fees paid for that class, less any indebtedness to the College. The College will notify students and the College will initiate the refund process.

Concurrent Registration

Concurrent registration is permitted between Florida State College and state universities. If you are currently enrolled in another college or university and wish to earn credit at Florida State College to transfer back to your primary school, your steps to admission and registration are:

  1. Submit an application as a non–degree seeking student and a one–time $25 application fee.
  2. Present a concurrent student permission letter or form from your current school along with your application to enroll in approved Florida State College course(s).
  3. Obtain a Florida State College identification card.
  4. Register for approved class(es). You may need to see an academic counselor or advisor with an unofficial transcript to determine placement testing requirements or obtain course prerequisite waivers before registration.

For more information, contact any Florida State College enrollment services office.

Transient Registration

Transient registration is permitted between Florida State College and other universities and colleges. If you are in academic good standing and have permission from your home institution to earn credit at Florida State College to transfer back to your primary school, your steps to admission and registration are:

  1. Obtain permission from your home school academic advisor and follow your transient request procedures. If your school is participating in the Florida FACTS.org Transient request system, go to FACTS.org. Select the main menu item “Admissions” and then select “Transient Student Form.” Follow the instructions and submit your request electronically. If your home school is not a participant in the online request system then obtain a completed transient form from your advisor.
  2. Present a transient student form at time of making application to Florida State College as a non-degree seeking student and a one-time $25 records origination fee.
  3. Obtain a Florida State College card if taking courses at any of our campus/center locations.
  4. Register for approved class(es). If you submitted a paper transient form, you may need to see an academic counselor or advisor with an unofficial transcript to determine placement testing requirements or obtain course prerequisite waivers before registration. If you are only registering for online Web courses and need assistance call (904) 359-5433.

Florida State College students wishing to become transient students at another college or university should go online to “Student Recourses,” then select “Student Transient Form” and follow the listed instructions.

Suspension, Termination or Cancellation of Enrollment

The College reserves the right to suspend, terminate or retroactively cancel the enrollment of any student for any of the following reasons:

  1. Disciplinary reasons.
  2. Non–payment of course fees when payment is due, including non-payment resulting from dishonored checks or charge cards.
  3. Failure to meet the minimum standards of progress.
  4. Failure to successfully complete course prerequisites.

Enrollment Verification

Students requesting enrollment verification to submit to a third–party must make this request after the last day to drop a class for a 100% refund for each session. If you are enrolled in multiple sessions, an enrollment verification cannot be completed until the last day to drop for that session has been reached. Complete a request for enrollment verification form at any campus enrollment services office. Enrollment verification documents the following: full–time enrollment is 12 or more credit hours, at least half–time is between 6 and 11 credit hours, and less than half–time is 5 or less credit hours.

back to page top

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee

An application fee is assessed when a student is initially admitted to Florida State College.

Students paying an application fee are eligible to receive a College ID card from the Campus Card Office. Financial aid students can defer the payment of the application fee until receipt of financial aid.

Dual enrolled high school students are not required to pay an application fee to enroll in dual enrolled classes. Payment is required when registering for other than dual enrolled classes or when requesting a transcript.

Application Fee

¹U.S. citizens:

$25 (one time only)

²International students:

$80 (one time only)

Note: This fee is a processing fee and is non-refundable.

¹Includes certain legal immigrants and visa holders.
²(F–1) international students.

College Credit Courses Tuition and Fees

The following fees are effective Fall Term 2009-10:

Tuition and fees for in-state residents:

$85.16

per credit hour*†±

Tuition and fees for non-residents:

$324.89

per credit hour*†

Tuition and fees for eligible Georgia residents :

$165.07

per credit hour*†

*Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the District Board of Trustees. Current tuition and fees will be posted at the time of registration.

†If you do not use the College’s parking facilities at any campus or center, you should obtain a parking fee waiver at any enrollment services office prior to registering for classes.

±In-state residents who are recipients of the Purple Heart or other combat decoration superior in precedence may be eligible for a tuition and fees waiver.

Most classes are 3-4 credits, so students who are residents of Florida can expect to pay about $256-$341 per class. Twelve credits, which is considered a “full-time” load for a semester, cost $1,022 for Florida resident students. Figure in your book costs at about $40 per credit hour, and you are looking at a total bill of about $1,502 for a full-time semester. Certain classes that require labs may have additional fees for lab supplies. Additional fees are published in the class schedule.

Active Duty Military Students

Tuition and fees (excluding lab and equipment usage fees) for out of state active duty military students and qualified spouses receiving Department of Defense tuition assistance will not exceed $220 per credit hour (lower division classes only).

State Employee Tuition and Fees Waivers

The College will waive tuition and some fees for up to six credit hours per term in a valid program working toward a credential, including college-credit instruction and instruction toward a degree. Eligible state employees must follow the College’s tuition and fees waiver procedures .

Baccalaureate Degree Courses Tuition and Fees

The following fees are effective Fall Term 2009-10:

Tuition and fees for in-state residents:

$89.45

per credit hour*†

Tuition and fees for non-residents:

$509.05

per credit hour*†

Tuition and fees for eligible Georgia residents :

$255.25

per credit hour*†

*Tuition and fees are subject to change by action of the District Board of Trustees. Current tuition and fees will be posted at the time of registration.

†If you do not use the College’s parking facilities at any campus or center, you should obtain a parking fee waiver at any enrollment services office prior to registering for classes.

You can also learn more about how to pay for college by visiting our financial aid and scholarships page.

Residency Requirements

Applicants for admission are classified as Florida resident students or non–Florida resident students for tuition and fees assessment purposes.

The law allows U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent residents to be classified as Florida residents for tuition and fees purposes if the independent applicant or the dependent applicant’s parent/legal guardian has been a legal permanent resident of the state for at least 12 continuous months preceding the first day of classes of the term/session for which Florida residency is sought.

To be considered independent for the purpose of tuition and fees the following criteria will be considered:

  1. The student is 24 years of age or older by the first day of classes of the term for which residency is sought;
  2. The student is married;
  3. The student has children who receive more than half of their support from the student;
  4. The student has other dependents who live with and receive more than half of their support from the student;
  5. The student is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or is currently serving on active duty in the United States Armed Forces for purposes other than training;
  6. Both of the student’s parents are deceased or the student is or was (until age 18) a ward/dependent of the court;
  7. The student is classified as an independent by the financial aid office at the institution.

A student who does not meet any of the criteria outlined above may be classified as an independent student by submitting supportive financial documentation that he or she provides fifty (50) percent or more of the cost of attendance as defined by the college’s financial aid office for independent, in – state students (exclusive of federal, state, and institutional aid or scholarships).

All other students who do not meet the above outlined definition of an independent student shall be classified as dependent students for the determination of residency for tuition and fees purposes.

Note

The student who comes to Florida to enroll in a Florida postsecondary educational institution as an out–of–state resident and continuously enrolls in a Florida institution will not normally meet the Florida residency requirement for in–state tuition and fees regardless of the length of time enrolled.

Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes, permits certain applicants who do not meet the 12 month legal residence requirement to be classified as Florida residents for tuition and fees purposes. These exceptional categories are as follows:

  1. Dependent children residing with a legal resident adult relative other than the parent for at least 5 years.
  2. Persons married to legal Florida residents and who intend to make Florida their permanent home, and who relinquish their legal ties to any other state.
  3. Persons who were enrolled as Florida residents for tuition and fees purposes at a Florida public institution of higher education, but who abandon Florida residency and then re–enroll in Florida within 12 months of the abandonment.
  4. Active duty members of the armed services of the United States residing or stationed in Florida (and spouse/dependent children) or military personnel not stationed in Florida whose home or record or state of legal residence certificate, DD Form 2058, is Florida (and spouse/dependent children).
  5. Active duty members of the armed service of the United States and their spouses attending a public community college or university within 50 miles of the military establishment where they are stationed, if such military establishment is within a county contiguous to Florida.
  6. United States citizens living on the Isthmus of Panama, who have completed 12 consecutive months of college work at the Florida State University Panama Canal Branch, and their spouses and dependent children.
  7. Full–time instructional and administrative personnel employed by the State public school system, community colleges and institutions of higher education (and spouse/dependent children.)
  8. Students from Latin America and the Caribbean who receive scholarships from the federal or state government. The student must attend, on a full–time basis, a Florida institution of higher education.
  9. Full–time employees of state agencies or political subdivision of the state when the student fees are paid by the state agency or political subdivision for the purpose of job related law enforcement or corrections training.
  10. Qualified beneficiaries under the Florida Pre–Paid Postsecondary Expense Program.
  11. A dependent child whose parents are divorced, separated, or otherwise living apart, will be considered a resident for tuition and fees purposes if either parent is a legal resident of Florida, regardless of which parent claims the minor for tax purposes.
  12. Active members of the Florida National Guard (Army or Air) who qualify under S.250.10(7) and (8) for the tuition assistance program.
  13. Active duty members of the Canadian military residing or stationed in this state under the North American Air Defense (NORAD) agreement, and their spouses and dependent children, attending a public community college or university within 50 miles of the military establishment where they are stationed.

If a student does not does not qualify for a statutory residency exception or qualification, they will have to submit documentation that they (or a parent or legal guardian if a dependent) has been a Florida resident for at least 12 months prior to the first day of classes for which the student is enrolling. At least two documents must be submitted, with dates that evidence the 12-month qualifying period. At least one of the documents must be from the First Tier. As some evidence is more persuasive than others, more than two may be requested. No single piece of documentation will be considered conclusive. Additionally, there must be an absence of information that contradicts the applicant’s claim of residency.

The law allows non-U.S. citizens such as lawful permanent residents, temporary permanent resident, asylees, parolees, and refugees who have applied for and been approved for such status and who otherwise meet the 12 months legal residence requirements, to be eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition and fees purposes. Provided that the non-U.S. citizen has proof of his or her permanent immigration status, he or she may be classified as a Florida Resident 12 months from the time he or she establishes legal Florida residence for tuition and fees purposes. The following is a list of non-immigrant categories eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition and fees purposes.

Visa Categories are: A, E, G, H-1, H-4 (only if spouse or child or alien classified H-1), I, K, L, N, O-1, O-3 (only if spouse or child of O-1 alien), R, NATO-I-7, T, V.

Non-U.S. citizens in the following categories shall also be considered eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition and fees purposes:

  1. Citizens of Micronesia
  2. Citizens of the Marshall Islands
  3. Beneficiaries of the Family Unit Program
  4. Individuals granted:
    1. Temporary protected status
    2. Withholding of deportation status
    3. Suspension of deportation status or cancellation of removal
    4. A stay of deportation status
    5. Deferred enforced departure status
    6. Deferred action status
  5. Applicants for adjustment of status
  6. Asylum applicants with USCIS receipt or Immigration Court stamp

Applicants should be aware that a false statement regarding residency status is punishable as a misdemeanor under Florida Statutes, Section 837.06. If a statement is determined to be false, student will be subject to discipline by the District Board of Trustees, which may include expulsion and the withholding of credit.

Applicants who do not qualify as Florida students under these provisions will pay the non–resident tuition and fees, and other charges required of non–Florida students.

Residency Reclassification

Any student who seeks reclassification as a Florida resident must complete and submit the the residency reclassification form and all supporting documentation prior to the first day of the first session in which the student has registered within the semester residency is sought. All documents supporting the residency reclassification must show evidence that the student (or if a minor, his/her parents or legal guardian) has resided in Florida for 12 consecutive months. Two documents are required and may include: a valid Florida driver’s license, a current voter’s registration card, a valid Florida vehicle registration or Declaration of Domicile. Residency reclassification forms may be obtained at a campus/center enrollment services office.

At the time of printing, new state residency reclassification legislation was pending. To view any changes to the residency reclassification requirements, consult the online catalog.

Other Fees

Late Registration Fee

The fee for late registration is $35.

Returned Check Fee

Checks returned by the bank $25

This fee will not be assessed if the bank certifies that the check was returned due to bank error. Unless the returned check and $25 service charge are paid in full on or before the prescribed deadline, students will be disenrolled from all classes affected by this returned check. Students who have been disenrolled from their classes can re–enroll through the late registration process and shall be charged the late registration fee. For one full calendar year, the College will not accept a check from these students.

Assessment Fees

The majority of assessments administered by the assessment and certification centers require the payment of a fee. A $5 fee is also charged for additional score reports. These fees are paid in the campus business office prior to testing and are non–refundable. Students are not charged a fee for the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), or the first time they sit for the Information Literacy Assessment or the College Placement Test (CPT).

Insurance Fees

Professional malpractice and liability insurance risk coverage fees per course:

The risk coverage fee is non–refundable if students withdraw after the official close of the add/drop period for the term.

Ceremony Fees

Items purchased by the College to permit the conducting of ceremonies in accordance with established traditions for special programs, primarily in the health–related education area, will be charged to the affected students. Charges shall not exceed the cost of the items purchased for students.

Payment

How to Pay

After you register, your courses are reserved for you until your payment deadline. When we receive your payment, your courses are locked in. If you choose not to pay by the payment deadline, your course reservation will be canceled and you will need to re–register. The College provides you with four ways to pay for college credit courses: by Web, telephone, on campus and by mail.

Web

The easiest way to pay for your courses is directly through Connections. You can pay using a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card), or on the Web with an electronic check, or by enrolling in one of the available Tuition Installment Plans. You can pay at any time after you register, but remember, if you choose to delay your payment it still must be received by the deadline to lock in your schedule.

All financial aid and agency sponsored payments will automatically be applied to the amount due when you register. If an amount remains due, the operator will inform you of the amount due and the payment date.

On Campus

You may pay your tuition and fees at the business office on any campus. You can use cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card) to pay your fees. Drop boxes are available at each campus location for payments by check or money order.

By Mail

Pay by mail instructions and forms are printed in each College schedule.

Agency Sponsored Payments

Students with funding for tuition and fees from sponsoring agencies or organizations must have an authorization from the agency on file before the student’s tuition and fees will be linked to the sponsor. Once the authorization is on file, registration costs of the student will automatically be applied to the sponsor’s account and an invoice generated to the sponsor for payment. Sponsored students remain liable for any charges incurred on their behalf and will be billed by the College if the sponsoring agency does not render payment to the College in the prescribed manner. Students are required to render payment within 30 days of the billing date. Failure to pay will result in restrictions and costs listed in the Payment of Student Accounts section below.

Payment of Student Accounts

Students’ accounts are payable to Florida State College at the time such charges are incurred. Students receiving financial aid, veteran benefits or having an approved agency sponsorship on file can enter into an agreement with the College to have tuition and fees, and in some cases books and other charges, placed on account. Student remains responsible for payment of all charges. Florida State College prohibits the registration of, release of transcripts to, or the issuance of a certification of completion or diploma to students whose accounts with the College are delinquent. Students who fail to pay short–term loans, financial aid loans, veteran deferments or other debt by the date established by the College may be disenrolled, subject to additional charges, reported to a collection agency and the credit bureau, and will not be able to register and receive transcripts.

Fee Refunds

Requirements

A one hundred percent (100%) refund of matriculation and tuition and fees will be granted to a student who officially drops a course prior to the end of the College’s published drop/add period. Refunds are subject to applicable federal and state guidelines and laws.

Refunds resulting from overpayment of tuition and fees are automatically processed beginning two calendar weeks from the 100% refund date for the main session of the term. After this date, refunds are processed weekly. Refunds are not processed automatically before this date to allow students the maximum flexibility in modifying their schedule.

Students who desire to receive refunds before the automatic processing is scheduled may request a refund from any campus business office. Refunds requested in this manner will be processed within five business days as long as all other requirements for processing a refund are met. Students paying by check must wait a minimum of 10 days before requesting a refund.

Refunds will be disbursed in the same method as the payment was originally received unless otherwise determined by the Bursar. If the amount paid was received by a credit card, then a refund will be initiated to the credit card. If the amount paid was received by check, money order or cash, the refund will be returned by check or electronic disbursement to the student’s bank account.

A refund will be processed to the student if the tuition and fees amount was originally paid by financial aid. When payment for tuition and fees is received from a sponsoring agency, the written authorization from the sponsoring agency will determine whether refunds are remitted to the student or to the agency.

Automatic refunds will only be made for overpayments greater than $5.00.

Any amount due to the student should be applied to his or her outstanding debts before a refund is issued.

Fee Refunds: Continuing Education Courses, Seminars and Workshops

As published in the announcement, workshops or seminars which require special arrangements may provide no refund of fees if participants cancel after the time specified in the announcement.

Refund Payment Dates

Refund checks or credit memoranda will be made in accordance with the schedule established by the College. However, students who are due a refund may request a refund earlier at any campus business office. Students paying by check must wait a minimum of 10 days before requesting a refund.

Students paying part of their tuition and fees with cash/check and part by credit card will receive a credit memoranda to their credit card.

Request for Refund Appeal Process

The Campus President may approve disenrollment and a refund of matriculation and tuition and fees for a course or courses after the official drop/add period. Approval will be granted based on documented extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student such as involuntary call to active military duty, college error and extensive hospitalization.

Students will complete a Request for Refund or Cancellation of Debt form from the Campus Dean of Student Success office. If approved and a refund is due, the refund will be made by College check and will be mailed to the student at the address on file with the College. Refunds will be mailed within 10 working days of approval by the Campus President. If a refund is not approved, the student will be notified.

The Campus President may deny the request, approve disenrollment and a refund of tuition and fees, or approve a waiver for the class to be repeated.

Requests for Refund or Cancellation of Debt must be received by the Campus Student Success office before the official withdrawal date of the following term.

Special Programs Offering Financial Aid Tax Credits

The federal government’s Taxpayer’s Relief Act of 1997 (TRA ’97) provides new tax benefits to help families meet the cost of post–secondary education. The TRA ’97 contains the Hope Scholarship Tax Credit, renamed in 2009 to the American Opportunity Tax Credit, provides for students in the first two years of post– secondary (college and vocational) education and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit for other students. Because each person’s tax situation is unique, students interested in these tax credits should consult their tax advisor to determine eligibility. More information can also be obtained by calling the IRS at (800) 829-1040 and asking for IRS publication 970 or logging on to the  IRS Web site or U.S. Department of Education Web site.

back to page top

Financial Aid


Florida State College offers many types of financial assistance to students who would otherwise be unable to further their education without such support. Depending on the type of aid, eligibility is based on one or more of the following criteria: financial need of the individual (in the case of dependent students family need is used), educational costs, academic achievement, availability of funds, disability and/or special talent. Inquiries regarding financial aid should be directed to the Enrollment Services/Financial Aid Office on the student’s home campus. A student’s home campus is his/her point of contact for academic advising, financial aid advising and disbursement of funds. In addition, information on financial aid requirements, forms and awards is available site through Connections.

It is your responsibility to …

  • check Connections for financial aid status and if additional information is required
  • apply early for financial aid assistance
  • complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year
  • submit all required forms and documentation
  • use financial aid for educationally–related expenses only
  • pay your tuition and fees, books and other charges with financial aid funds or from your own resources

Applying for Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine eligibility for federal financial aid, state aid and institutional scholarships. Students should apply early, preferably before April 15, each year. The application is available at local high schools, campus enrollment services/financial aid office and on the Web at Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is to be completed by the student and the student’s family and mailed to the address on the application or transmitted via the Web. It is strongly recommended students apply online to reduce errors and expedite processing of the financial aid application. Once the application is processed, the results of the federal analysis are sent to the schools listed on the application. The student will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) via mail or e–mail. Students may also be required to submit additional documents to their home campus Enrollment Services/Financial Aid Office.

Tuition and fees, books and other charges are due at the time such charges are incurred. Students receiving financial aid can have these charges deferred until financial aid is received. The amount due on the student’s account will be deducted from the financial aid amount disbursed. If funds remain, a check or direct deposit to the student’s bank account will be issued for the difference. Students electing to defer charges must complete the Student Aid Authorization Form. Students signing a Student Aid Authorization are requesting an educational loan from the College to assist with educational costs. Educational loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

If financial aid is reduced, terminated or otherwise insufficient to pay charges, student is responsible for payment of charges from their own resources. College regulations prohibit registration or release of transcripts, grades or diplomas for any student whose account is delinquent. Delinquent accounts may be reported to a credit bureau and can result in placement with a collection agency, at which time additional collection costs will be assessed.

Financial aid is not automatically renewed each year. To continue receiving financial aid, students must reapply each year. As financial circumstances change from year to year, the award amount may be different each year. Financial aid is awarded for the academic year and credited toward tuition and fees each semester. Financial aid enrollment and disbursements are based on classes required for the student’s program of study. If students choose to take classes outside their program of study, they may be required to pay the cost from their own resources. Students taking classes at two different institutions at the same time can only receive aid at their home institution and an official consortium agreement must be approved.

Types of Financial Aid

Programs require an enrollment of at least six credits per term unless otherwise indicated.

Pell Grant: A federal grant awarded when the student does not have a B.S./B.A. degree or equivalent. Amounts range from $976 to $5,350 per academic year. The amount received depends on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the cost of attendance at Florida State College and enrollment status.

Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG): A need-based federal grant program for students who are U.S. citizens and enrolled in the first and second year of an undergraduate degree program. Students must be a Pell Grant recipient within the same award year and attend full-time. Students must have completed a “rigorous” secondary school program of study, as determined by the state or local education agency and recognized by the Secretary of Education. An eligible student may receive an Academic Competitiveness Grant (AC Grant) of up to $750 for the first academic year of study and up to $1,300 for the second academic year of study.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG): A federal grant that is awarded when a student demonstrates exceptional need and does not have a B.S./B.A. degree or equivalent.

College Work-Study Program (CWS): A federal work program that provides jobs to help pay for educational expenses. This program encourages community service and work related to the student’s course of study. Students will be paid at least the federal minimum wage and can work 10 to 20 hours per week.

Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan: A low interest loan provided by an approved lender. The subsidized Stafford loan is awarded based on need. Interest is paid by the government while the student is enrolled at least half-time.

Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan: A low interest loan provided by an approved lender. The unsubsidized Stafford loan is available regardless of need. However, the loan can not exceed the Cost of Attendance and the student is responsible for interest payments while in school.

Parent Plus Loan: A loan available to parents of dependent students to help pay for their educational expenses. Parents are required to demonstrate credit worthiness. Parents will begin repaying both the principal and the interest while the student is enrolled in college.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG): A need-based program for full-time undergraduate students. Recipients must meet Florida residency requirements for state student aid, and be enrolled in an A.A., A.S., A.A.S. or B.A.S. program.

Florida Student Assistance Grant (FSAG) Part-Time: Students who meet the full-time FSAG eligibility requirements may be eligible if they enroll for 6–11 credits. Awards may be for one term only.

Florida Public Postsecondary Career Education Student Assistance Grant (FSAG-CE) Program: A need-based grant program available to Florida residents enrolled in certificate programs of 450 or more clock hours/or 15 credit hours.

Florida Work Experience Program (FWEP): A need-based program providing eligible Florida students work experiences to compliment and reinforce their educational and career goals.

Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program: A merit scholarship awarded to Florida high school graduates. Recipients must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits and meet Florida residency requirements for state student aid. Students enrolled in an A.A., A.S., or A.A.S. program receive 100 percent tuition and fees reimbursement. B.A.S. students receive 100 percent tuition and fees reimbursement only at the Academic Scholars level and 75 percent at the Medallion and Gold Seal level. Dual enrollment and early admissions students are ineligible to receive the Bright Futures scholarship at Florida State College.

Star Opportunity Grant: A Florida State College institutional grant for students enrolled in an eligible program for at least six credits per term who meet certain eligibility requirements.

SMART Grant: A need–based federal grant program for students who are U.S. citizens and enrolled in the third or fourth year of a specific bachelor degree program. Students must be a Pell Grant recipient within the same award year and attend full–time. The B.A.S. degree in Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications is currently the only bachelor degree eligible for the SMART Grant. The grant amount is $4,000 for each of the third and fourth years.

Florida First Generation Matching Grant: A need–based program for degree seeking students, enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per term, whose parent/parents did not complete a baccalaureate degree.

Scholarships: Florida State College offers scholarships both through the Institution and the Florida State College Foundation. You can apply for scholarships using the one online application and be matched to all available scholarships. Scholarships are also available through private donors and companies. Other resources include Scholarships.com and FastWeb. Note: Institutional scholarship applicants MUST complete a FAFSA and submit additional documentation if required. All scholarship recipients receiving funds through Florida State College must complete an Electronics Fund Transfer (EFT) form available in the campus business offices.

Additional Grants

Child Care Grants: Child care grants are available for eligible students with dependent children. The grants pay up to 80 percent of eligible child care costs.

Talent Grants For Athletics, Visual and Performing Arts and Co-curricular Activities: Talent grants are awarded to selected students based on a specified talent. Recipients are selected through an audition or other demonstration of talent. Grants are given for athletics, fine arts, as well as for participation in certain extracurricular organizations.

For more information about athletic talent grants, contact the athletic department at (904) 646-2202; visual and performing arts grants, contact the fine arts department at (904) 646-2162 or co-curricular grants, contact the cultural programs department at (904) 632-3123.

Athletic

Visual and Performing Arts

Co-curricular

Men’s Baseball
Men’s Basketball
Women’s Basketball
Women’s Softball
Women’s Tennis
Women’s Volleyball
Band/Musicians
Dance
Drama
Graphic Design
Jubilee Singers
Multimedia
Piano
Technical Theatre
Visual Arts
Vocalists/Chorale
Brain Bowl
Forensics (Persuasive Speaking or
     Extemporaneous Speaking)
Mathematics Competition
SGA Leadership
Student Ambassadors
Student Newspaper (The Campus Voice)

Qualifying for Aid

To be eligible for federal, state and institutional aid students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate financial need (may not be required for some loan and institutional programs).
  2. Have a standard high school diploma, high school equivalency degree or ATB (Ability to Benefit) on file.
  3. Be enrolled in a college credit program or an eligible vocational program.
  4. Maintain financial aid standards of academic progress in program of study.
  5. Not be in default or owe a repayment of Title IV funds.
  6. Have a valid Social Security number.
  7. Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non – citizen with permanent residency status and an alien registration identification number (may not be required for some institutional programs).
  8. Be registered with Selective Service (males between the ages of 18 and 25).
  9. Have not borrowed in excess of loan limits under the Title IV program.
  10. Federal regulations require that students may only receive financial aid if they are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (see details below).
  11. Must have all requested documents on file before disbursements are made.

Title IV Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are only allowed to attempt a limited number of credit hours under federal financial aid guidelines. Credits may include college or workforce credits, transfer credits, remedial credits and all other credits attempted at any division of Florida State College. All students receiving Title IV financial aid funds must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in order to receive Title IV funds. Academic history is reviewed for all students applying for financial aid, regardless of whether financial aid has been previously received.

All students receiving aid must successfully complete a minimum of 67% of cumulative credit hours attempted. For example, a student attempting 35 credits must complete 23 credits successfully (35 credits x 67% = 23 credits). Students must also maintain at least a 2.0 G.P.A. SAP will be evaluated yearly, after the spring semester, for the following academic year. Students enrolled in one–year or less certificate or vocational programs will have grades reviewed at the end of each term. (Successfully completed grades: A, B, C, D, S, NG – Unsuccessful grades: U, W, F, FN, I, NR.) Failure to meet these standards may impact the student’s eligibility for financial aid and ability to register. Please contact the enrollment services/financial aid office on your campus for further information.

150% Rule

Students receiving financial aid will have their aid terminated once they exceed 150% of the number of credits needed to complete their degree or certificate program. This regulation applies to all students, including those that have not previously received financial aid. For example, a student working toward an A.A. degree needs 60 hours to graduate. Once the student attempts more than 90 hours he/she is no longer eligible for financial aid. (60 hrs x 150% = 90 hrs) Under extenuating circumstances the 150% rule may be appealed. The 150% rule applies to all classes attempted by the student, including remedial, vocational and transfer hours. Students must make other arrangements to pay their tuition and fees if their financial aid is terminated and they do not appeal or their appeal is denied.

Appeals Procedure

Students whose aid is cancelled may appeal this decision only if there are extenuating circumstances (medical or personal problems). To appeal, the student must complete and return the appeal form to the home campus enrollment services/financial aid office. All supporting documentation must be attached or the appeal form will not be accepted. After reviewing the written appeal and all documentation, the campus dean will notify the student in Connections (students will be required to log on to their student accounts in Connections for notification). All aid remains cancelled until the student receives notification the appeal was approved for the next period of enrollment. The dean reserves the right to limit the student’s enrollment to less than full–time.

Remedial Courses

Financial aid will not pay for more than 30 remedial credits attempted.

Audited Classes/Challenged Exams

Financial aid will not pay for audited classes or challenged exams.

Verification

Each year at least 30 percent of financial aid applicants are randomly selected for verification as required by the Department of Education. If selected for verification, the student must provide additional documentation (e.g.: federal income tax returns/W–2s, proof of citizenship, Social Security, etc.) before financial aid can be awarded.

Repayment

Title IV financial aid recipients who officially withdraw from all classes during the first 60% of the academic term will be subject to repayment terms as outlined by the Department of Education. If disbursement has already been made to the student, it is the student’s responsibility to repay all funds due. Federal regulations require a formula be used based on number of calendar days in the term and the number of days attended by the student before withdrawal to determine how much financial aid was “earned” by the student. The difference between aid disbursed and aid earned will be used to calculate how much the student must repay. Information on the Return of Title IV Funds policy is available at each campus Enrollment Services/Financial Aid Office.

If the student unofficially withdraws (stops attending) or student’s academic transcript reflects unsuccessful completion of all courses, Florida State College will have student aid calculated on 50% of the term. Documentation of an academic–related activity, including notification from the faculty, may be used to recalculate aid based on the last date of attendance.

Students with Disabilities

Eligibility for State Financial Aid

Students with documented disabilities for whom part–time enrollment is a necessary accommodation are eligible for State Financial Assistance, including the Florida Student Assistance Grant. This affects students with documented disabilities who are currently enrolled or who desire to enroll in future terms. Additional information is available in the Disabilities Office on campus.

Disclaimer

This section provides general financial aid information only. It is accurate as of the date this catalog was published, but is not meant to be a complete list of all financial aid regulations. If financial aid standards of academic progress are changed, the new requirements will supersede those listed in this catalog. Florida State College reserves the right to cancel or amend financial aid awards based on a change in funding or other reasons specified by federal, state and institutional policies.

Veterans Affairs

Veterans benefits are a form of student aid awarded to eligible individuals based on their military service. There are currently six programs provided under Title 38 of the United States Code which authorizes payment of educational benefits to eligible individuals.

  • Chapter 30: New GI Bill — members of the armed forces who entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985.
  • Chapter 31: Disabled Veterans — members having a service–connected disability which entitles them to veteran compensation.
  • Chapter 32: Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) — members who initially entered service after December 31, 1976.
  • Chapter 33: New Post-9/11 GI Bill — members who served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001.
  • Chapter 35: Survivor and Dependents — sons, daughters, spouses and surviving spouses of veterans who died in service, as a result of a service–connected disability or became permanently and totally disabled.
  • Chapter 1606: Selected Reserve Program — members of the selected reserve who are certified by their unit commander and the VA.
  • Chapter 1607: Selected Reserve Program — members of the reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operations) as declared by the President or Congress on or after September 11, 2001.

A veterans representative is located in the Enrollment Services/Financial Aid Office on each campus to provide forms and information pertaining to educational assistance for veterans. The following action must be taken once the veteran student has been admitted to the College.

  1. Complete the necessary applications at the Enrollment Services/Financial Aid Office on any campus.
  2. Provide copies of all DD214s if applicable.
  3. Provide a copy of marriage licenses, birth certificates and divorce decrees, if applicable.
  4. Provide a certificate of eligibility from VA, if available.

Inquiries relating to benefits should be directed to the Veterans Affairs Atlanta Regional Processing Office (VARPO) at (888) 442-4551.

Certification Restrictions

The College’s Veterans Affairs Office will audit all courses for enrolled students who are eligible to receive benefits. There are restrictions as to the programs and courses for which students will be certified.

  1. Students may only be certified for programs, courses and terms approved by the state approving agency.
  2. The declared program of study must be the same on both the College’s record and the student’s official Veteran Affairs file. Students must follow the selected program of study and can only be certified for courses which are required for graduation.
  3. Students cannot be certified for an audit course, a course for which they have previously received credit or the repeat of an “I” grade within one year.
  4. Non–punitive grades will be reported to the Department of Veterans Affairs and will affect the previously submitted certification within a given term.
  5. Veteran students must achieve satisfactory academic progress in order to continue to be certified. Unsatisfactory progress must be addressed with an academic counselor before certification can be resumed. Minimum standards of progress are the same as for the general student population. See the section on “Standards of Academic Progress.”

Attendance Policy

Veterans in vocational programs are allowed two days of unexcused absences per class per calendar month. Excused absences are those occurring for the reasons cited hereafter and officially accepted by the VA certifying official.

  1. Personal Illness — Must be supported by a physician’s signed statement on letterhead stationery, specifying the dates the student was incapable of attending classes.
  2. Death in Family — Pertains to death of a parent, spouse, children, brothers or sisters only. Must be supported by valid evidence that indicates date of death and relationship of deceased person to the veteran.
  3. Jury Duty — Must be supported by a document from the court showing dates of jury service.

Documentation of excused absences must be submitted no later than the 10th calendar day of the month following the month in which the absences occurred. All unexcused absences are reported to the Veterans Administration. Partial days of absence are converted to full days. Veterans reported for failure to attend class will be contacted by the College Veterans Affairs Office. Without a satisfactory explanation and immediate resumption of attendance, veterans will be reported to the VA as having terminated attendance in that course. Individuals reported for excessive absence will be eligible for recertification at the beginning of the following term providing other enrollment criteria are met.

Deferment and Short–Term Loans

One deferment of tuition and fees charges per year is available for veteran students who qualify. The VA deferment due date is determined as follows.

  1. If the term is at least 60 calendar days in length, the obligation must be cleared no later than 60 calendar days from the beginning date of the term.
  2. If the term is less than 60 calendar days, the obligation must be cleared no later than 10 calendar days from the end of the term.

Note: Veteran students requesting a deferment of tuition and fees charges pending receipt of benefits are entering into a signed loan agreement from the College to assist with educational costs. Educational loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Failure to pay tuition and fees charges may result in disenrollment, a restriction against registration, additional veteran deferments or release of transcripts, grades or diplomas. The debt can be reported to the credit bureau and collection costs assessed. If disenrolled, student’s change in enrollment status will be reported to the Department of Veteran Affairs and can affect eligibility of benefits received.

back to page top

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Admissions

I attended college credit classes at Florida Community College or Florida State College in the past. Do I need to complete another application for admission?

Returning students who have not been in attendance for one year or more must submit a readmission application and provide all documentation regarding residency requirements.

Students seeking readmission after academic suspension or dismissal must follow the procedures for reinstatement outlined in the Standards of Academic Progress section of the Catalog.

What is the difference between degree seeking and non–degree seeking?

Florida State College offers four kinds of college credit degrees for degree seeking students — the bachelor of applied science (B.A.S.), the associate in arts (A.A.), the associate in science (A.S.) and associate in applied science (A.A.S.). Students who have an associate in science degree and want to further their education may pursue a B.A.S. degree. Students who want to transfer to a four–year college or university pursue an A.A. degree. Students who want to obtain a degree in a specified area of expertise pursue an A.S. or A.A.S. degree. Non–degree seeking students are not trying to earn a degree. They may be taking classes for work advancement, to transfer credit back to another college or for personal enrichment.

I will graduate from high school in late May; can I register as a Dual Enrollment student for the summer term, which begins in early May?

You will be ineligible for Dual Enrollment for this term because the credits will not apply toward your high school diploma prior to your graduation.

Transcripts

Where do I have my transcripts from another institution sent?

Have them sent to: Student Records Office, Florida State College, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515.

How do I get my Florida State College official transcript?

We have many convenient ways for you to request your academic transcript (and it’s always free).

  1. Request Your Transcript Online
    If you want to send an official transcript to another school, your home address, or any other address, you can log on to Connections, the College’s online student services site, and make your request online.
     
  2. Mail Us a Written Request
    In requesting your transcripts, you must always include: your full name, former last names, current address, telephone number, your date of birth and dates of enrollment; as well as the name and address of the agency or person who will be receiving your transcripts, and finally, your signature. For faster processing, you may include your social security number.  Mail your request to Florida State College, Attention: Student Records Office, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515.
     
  3. Fax a Written Request
    Fax your request to (904) 633-8304, and include all the information mentioned above for a mailed request.
     
  4. Complete a Request Form on Campus
    You can complete a request form at any campus enrollment services office. At South, Downtown, Kent, North and Deerwood the transcript is printed in the business office. At all other locations, the request form is sent to the Student Records office for processing.
     
  5. Just Need an Unofficial Transcript?
    You can get an unofficial transcript through Connections, the College’s online student services site.

Allow three working days for your transcript request to be processed and mailed via US postal mail or electronically. Transcripts are sent electronically to Florida public community colleges, state colleges and universities. Receipt date of the transcript at the receiving institution is dependent upon the time in which the school checks their electronic mailbox. Electronic transmission can take from one to seven days.

For your privacy and protection, we do not fax transcripts.

No transcript request will be processed until all financial obligations to the college are clear. Certain holds prevent transcript request from being processed.

How are quarter credit hours from an external college converted to semester credit hours and how will they be counted toward my program of study?

One–quarter hour is equivalent to 0.67 semester–hours. A three–quarter credit hour course becomes a two–semester hour course and a five–quarter credit hour course becomes a three and one–third–semester hour course. If quarter hours have been transferred, consult with your academic counselor/advisor to ensure that program requirements will be met.

Financial Aid

Where do I go for information on financial aid?

Contact the enrollment services office on the campus you plan to attend.

Does Florida State College provide scholarships for students?

Yes, visit the Florida State College scholarships Web page or contact the enrollment services office on the campus you plan to attend.

Registration

When is college credit class registration?

Refer to the dates listed in the class schedule (available in the campus enrollment services office).

May I register if I haven’t gotten my transcripts from another institution/high school/Navy/etc.?

It’s not a problem, if it’s your first term enrolling. But if they are not received by the end of the term, you cannot register for subsequent terms. In this case, you will be notified and will need to continue to follow–up until all of your transcripts have been received. You may not qualify for financial aid, however, until all transcripts are received and evaluated.

May I register at one campus for classes at another campus?

You may register for any class at any campus; you can also do this online. (See the special section in the class schedule.)

When is the last day to register?

Refer to the class schedule or check with the campus enrollment services office.

When does the term start and end?

Refer to the Academic Calendar .

How can I get a catalog? An application? A class schedule?

You may pick one up at any campus enrollment services office or call (904) 359-5433.

Distance Learning

What is distance learning?

Distance learning includes courses which you take online and courses which consist of a video component available on CD–ROM.

How do I register for a distance learning class?

Register online, on campus or on the phone.

Where do I get my books?

Textbooks are available at any campus bookstore or can be ordered online.

Where do I take my exams?

Most online classes feature exams online. Some online classes require you to come to campus or an approved test location for testing. Details will be covered by your instructor.

Tuition and Fees

How long do you have to live in Florida to be considered a resident?

You must live in Florida 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of classes to qualify as a resident.

If my spouse is in the military, do I qualify for in–state tuition and fees?

If your spouse is stationed in Florida on active duty, you and your dependents qualify for in–state tuition and fees.

Drops and Cancellations

How do I drop a class in order to obtain a refund?

The easiest way to drop a class is online. You may also drop courses on campus. All drops must be completed by the drop deadline.

When will I get my refund?

You will receive your refund within four to six weeks. Checks are not processed until after the drop deadline. If you paid with a charge card, your card will be credited, otherwise you will receive a check.

When is the last day to drop a class?

Refer to the Academic Calendar  listed in the catalog.

My class was cancelled. How do I get my refund?

Refunds are mailed automatically unless you register for another class in its place.

Books

How much do books cost?

Books vary in price, but $35 per credit hour is a good benchmark.

When does the bookstore buy back books?

This varies from term to term; check with the bookstore.

Parking

Is there a parking fee?

Yes, there is a parking fee included with your tuition and fees. If you do not use the Florida State College parking facilities at any campus or center, you should obtain a parking fee waiver at any enrollment services office prior to registering for classes.

Information

Who can I contact if I don’t know what to do to resolve a problem?

Contact a counselor or advisor within the campus student success office. They are specially trained to answer such questions and to help you obtain the assistance you need.

Graduation

What must I do when I am ready to graduate?

Be registered in your last remaining classes. Go to Connections. Sign on “Online Student Services.” Under the section “My Academic History” select degree audit. Choose the “degree audit” option at bottom of the screen. View your degree audit and check your “Graduation Status Messages.” If there are outstanding requirements listed, see your academic advisor for assistance. If your “Graduation Status Messages” states that you are ready to graduate, your degree will automatically be awarded and reflected on the transcript five days AFTER the term ends. (For the fall term degree messages will be placed on the transcript during the first week of January.)

When will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas are mailed to students who have graduated within six weeks after final graduation.

What are some holds that may keep me from graduating?

Financial hold. High school transcript or external college transcript not received. “I” grades. GPA less than 2.0.

Students who Currently Have an Associate Degree or Higher

If I currently possess an associate in arts degree from a college outside the state of Florida, can I pursue the A.A. degree at Florida State College?

Yes. We will evaluate transcripts from the other institution(s) where you completed your previous degree and award credit that is applicable to the degree you seek at Florida State College.

Do I have to take the college placement test?

In the transcript evaluation process, if Florida State College agrees to accept math and/or English classes from your previous college(s) as equivalent, you will not be required to take the college placement test for these subject areas.

How long does the transcript evaluation process take? Can I take any courses while waiting for those results?

Once you enroll in your first set of classes the transcript evaluation process will begin. We will evaluate your transcripts as they are received and you will be notified by mail when each evaluation is completed. You can start taking classes prior to the completion of your transcript evaluation.