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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Jun 24, 2018
 
2013-2014 Catalog [Aug. 2013-Aug. 2014] 
    
2013-2014 Catalog [Aug. 2013-Aug. 2014] [Archived Catalog]

Admissions


Admission Requirements
Enrollment Procedures
Registration Procedures
Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid


Admissions Requirements

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. Upper Division College Credit Programs
    1. General Admission
      1. Must have earned an Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Arts (A.A.) or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.0 or above. The Institution must have been regionally accredited at the time the degree was awarded.
      2. Must have met all requirements for college preparatory work.
      3. Must be a U.S. citizen or in a lawful immigration status.
      4. Must provide a copy of official college transcript(s).
    2. Selective Admissions: All upper division programs have additional admissions requirements as established by the College administration.
      1. Additional requirements may include a higher grade-point-average requirement.
      2. Admissions requirements are published on the program curriculum pages.
      3. In compliance with state law, graduates from a public Florida state college or community college receive priority for admissions to upper division program.
    3. Conditional Upper Division Admission: Students who do not meet all the requirements for an upper division baccalaureate program may be conditionally admitted to the baccalaureate program with approval of the appropriate dean or dean’s designee.
      1. When conditionally admitted, students will be informed of the specific conditions required for full admission.
      2. The student must meet conditions for full admission within on year from the date of conditional admission.
      3. Students who are admitted conditionally are restricted to a maximum of 15 credits of upper division course work.
      4. Upper division course selections for conditionally admitted students are at the discretion of the appropriate dean or dean’s designee.
      5. The student must inform the appropriate dean when the conditions for full admission have been met.
      6. When the student has satisfied the conditions of admission, the student will be granted full admission.
      7. Student participating in the college preparatory (remedial) course work are ineligible for conditional admission.
  2. Lower Division College Credit Programs
    1. General Admission
      1. Must have earned a standard or college–ready high school diploma or the equivalency of a high school diploma. An official high school transcript with graduation date is required for admission.
      2. Must be a U.S. citizen or in a lawful immigration status.
      3. Applicants under the age of 18 with a significant disciplinary criminal record may be excluded from admission at the discretion of College Administration.
    2. Provisional Admission
      1. Limited Special Admission Students enrolled in a public or private high school or home school may enroll in no more than 12 hours of college credit coursework with parental consent. Students enrolling under this provision must qualify for college level coursework through assessment, and are responsible for all tuition and fees.
      2. Collaborative Academic Programs Non–high school graduates may be admitted for participation in collaborative academic programs at the discretion of the College administration.
      3. Pending High School Transcripts Students who experience delays in receiving high school transcripts or school verification of equivalency completion may enroll in one academic term. Students in this category must complete placement assessments and advising prior to registration and are limited to a maximum of twelve (12) college credits. Note: Failure to submit your high school transcript will affect your financial aid eligibility.
      4. Statutorily Required Individuals who are eligible for admission under Florida Statute will be admitted.
    3. Dual Enrollment
      1. Students enrolled in 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. Students must be a high school junior or senior.
      3. Students must have a specific cumulative GPA and achieve a designated level on an assessment test.
    4. Selective Admission
      1. Some lower division college credit programs have additional admissions requirements as established by the College administration. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to these programs.
      2. Selective access programs have separate application processes, deadlines and selection criteria. Admission requirements for all selective admission programs are published on the program curriculum pages.
    5. Non-degree Seeking Students: Non-degree seeking student may be admitted to enroll in courses for which the student meets all course pre-requisites on a space available basis. Enrollment in upper division courses requires the approval of the dean or dean’s designee.
    6. Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars: Lower division students who qualify for the Florida Department of Education Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars award may be guaranteed admission to a baccalaureate degree program.
  3. Workforce Certificate Programs
    1. General admissions eligibility for Workforce Certificate programs is as follows:
      1. The individual must be 18 years of age or older.
      2. The individual must be a U.S. citizen.
    2. United States citizens under the age of 18 who have earned a high school completion credential may be admitted to Workforce Certificate programs.
    3. United States citizens under the age of 18 who have not earned a high school completion credential may be admitted to Workforce Certificate programs with confirmation from all high schools attended that the individual has not been found guilty of any of the following offenses:
      1. Distribution of drugs
      2. Simple battery upon school employees or agents
      3. Robbery
      4. Extortion
      5. Burglary of school property
      6. Criminal mischief or vandalism
      7. Possession of weapons or dangerous objects
      8. Indecent public conduct
      9. Battery upon another student resulting in bodily harm
      10. Inciting or participating in a major student disorder
      11. Commission of any felony
    4. Individuals currently attending a public or private high school or home school also may be admitted as dual enrollment students if they meet the dual enrollment requirements in accordance with state statute and rules.
    5. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens may be admitted if they are at least 18 years old and in full compliance with all federal immigration rules.
    6. Selective Admissions: Some Workforce Certificate programs have additional admissions requirements as established by the College administration.

Admissions Collection and Use of Social Security Number

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 at Jacksonville will collect Social Security Numbers (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 (PDF) 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 .

Enrollment Procedures

Enrollment Procedures for College Credit Programs

Enrollment procedures for students entering Florida State College at Jacksonville'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 at Florida State College at Jacksonville

Incoming Transfer

Transfer to Florida State College at Jacksonville's college credit program from another college/university.

Students with Degree Seeking Second Degree

Earn a second degree at Florida State College at Jacksonville

Non-Degree-Seeking

Earn college credit without earning a degree at Florida State College at Jacksonville

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 and have never attended Florida State College at Jacksonville or any other institution. If this describes your situation, please take the following steps to enrollment:

  1. Application and Fee: 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 student success office.
  2. High School Transcript:
    1. Should the quality of the educational program of the institution attended appear unsatisfactory, the College has the authority not to accept all, or any part, of the previously earned credit or diploma. Students who receive a diploma based on a high school's assessment examination, other than the American Council on Educations' GED® examinations, will not be considered graduates for admissions purposes.
    2. If you graduated from a public school in Duval County (after June 1989), St. Johns County (after June 1993) or Clay County (after June 1992), the College will automatically request your high school transcript after we receive your application. On July 1st of each year, the College requests electronic transcripts for all public school applicants who graduated in May or June.
    3. If you graduated from a private high school, or a high school outside of Duval, St. Johns or Clay counties, please have your high school send an official transcript with your graduation date indicated to; Admissions Office, P.O. Box 2550, Jacksonville, FL 32203-2550.
    4. Individuals completing high school outside of the United States or U.S. Territories must submit a document-by-document evaluation of their high school transcript. The evaluation will be performed at students' expense by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Florida State College at Jacksonville will only accept evaluations from a NACES agency. Note: A document-by-document evaluation is acceptable only for applicants who have never attended Florida State College at Jacksonville or any other institution.
    5. Once a transcript is submitted, it becomes the property of the College and cannot be returned, photocopied or forwarded to another institution.
  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 and priority deadlines for additional information.
  4. Financial Aid Application: If you are interested in receiving financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for financial aid. When completing the FAFSA remember to enter our federal school code 001484. Completing the FAFSA is only the first step in the financial aid application process. To view your financial aid checklist, log in to Connections.
  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 at Jacksonville, 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 for placement.
  7. Orientation: Complete the orientation online or through a live group session on campus (about one hour).
  8. 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.
  9. Registration: During the appropriate registration period, register for the courses you plan to take this term using the College's Web site registration system, Connections, or enrollment services on campus.
  10. Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline. You can pay by mail, online or by visiting the business office on your chosen campus.
  11. Identification Card: After registering, stop by an Essential Card location to get your official Florida State College at Jacksonville identification card. Students are required to carry their essential card (photo ID) while on College property.
  12. Parking Decal: If you did not receive a parking decal with your welcome letter, stop by any campus security office.

Incoming Transfer Students to Florida State College at Jacksonville's Degree Programs

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

  1. Application and Fee: 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 student success office.
  2. College Transcripts: Have official transcripts from all colleges attended sent to the Admissions Office, Florida State College at Jacksonville, P.O. Box 2550, Jacksonville, FL 32203-2550. Note: Failure to submit all college transcripts will affect your financial aid eligibility. Once a transcript is submitted, it becomes the property of the College and cannot be returned, photocopied or forwarded to another institution.
  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, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your eligibility for financial aid. When completing the FAFSA remember to enter our federal school code 001484. Completing the FAFSA is only the first step in the financial aid application process. To view your financial aid checklist, log in to Connections. 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: Transfer students are not required to attend orientation, but it is highly recommended. The information provided offers insight that will help transfer students ease into the transition to Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  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 visit a student success office on your chosen campus.
  9. Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline. You can pay by mail, online or by visiting the business office on your chosen campus.
  10. Identification Card: After registering, stop by an Essential Card location to get your official Florida State College at Jacksonville identification card. Students are required to carry their essential card (photo ID) while on College property.
  11. Parking Decal: If you did not receive a parking decal with your welcome letter, stop by 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 Virtual Campus. Transfer students must complete at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College at Jacksonville and meet all other Florida State College at Jacksonville graduation requirements.
Evaluation of Other College Transcripts

Transcripts from all colleges attended are evaluated for Florida at Jacksonville 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 at Jacksonville. Florida State College at Jacksonville 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 at Jacksonville.

For courses that are initially deemed nontransferable to Florida State College at Jacksonville, 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 at Jacksonville, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515.

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.

College Transcripts from Outside the United States or U.S. Territories:

  1. 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. Florida State College at Jacksonville will only accept evaluations from a NACES agency.
  2. Must submit true copies of the original transcript/credential. A certified true copy is a photocopy of the original official document to which an educational or consular official has affixed his/her signature and/or official seal indicating that this is an attested or certified true copy of the original document. If you bring your original credentials to a campus Student Success Office and would like to keep them, we will note on the copies that we have seen your originals.

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 at Jacksonville to pursue a bachelor of applied science, associate in arts or associate in 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 at Jacksonville, but they may pursue a bachelor of applied science or associate in 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 at Jacksonville, 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 at Jacksonville 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 at Jacksonville 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 Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), ACT or SAT to qualify. Students take a limited number of credit hours each term, and do not pay tuition and fees. Fees for textbooks for dual enrollment students from school districts are covered by the College, but private and home school students must pay for their texts. 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. For each semester of dual enrollment, an application packet must be submitted to the campus dual enrollment coordinator that includes the following:

  1. A dual enrollment application signed by the student, parent(one time per academic year) and guidance counselor.
  2. A transcript reflecting the appropriate grade point average.
  3. An official copy of the student's scores on the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), 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 requesting a transcript.

Early Admission

The early admission program is a dual enrollment program that allows applicants to enter Florida State College at Jacksonville 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 at Jacksonville 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 at Jacksonville 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 at Jacksonville 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 Procedures for Workforce Certificate Programs

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers many postsecondary training programs that prepare students to enter a new career. Each of these programs prepares students to enter a specific occupation or one of a cluster of related occupations. To complete a program, students must demonstrate that they have mastered specific job-related performance requirements as well as communication and computation competencies. Upon the completion of a program, students will be awarded a postsecondary training certificate.

Test of Adult Basic Education

Postsecondary job preparatory programs vary in length from 20 to 1,800 hours. Students entering programs that are 450 hours or more are required to be assessed in basic reading, mathematics and language skills. Prior to the completion of their respective programs, those students who score below the prescribed grade levels on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) will be required to enroll in basic skills training (VPI) and be retested to demonstrate attainment of the prescribed skill level for their respective programs of study.

Exceptions

Students entering Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Officer or Crossover From Correctional Officer to Law Enforcement Officer must complete the appropriate Basic Abilities Test as part of the application process to these programs. These students are not required to complete the TABE. Students interested in these programs should contact the appropriate program manager regarding testing requirements.

Enrollment Procedures

Enrollment procedures for students entering vocational programs are as follows:

  1. Application and Fee: Submit a completed application along with the appropriate application fee. The application and fee may be submitted online or to any campus enrollment services office.
  2. 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 you may visit our Web site.
  3. 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.
  4. Assessment: After submitting your admissions application, contact the assessment and certification center on campus and take the required Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
  5. Advising: Make an appointment with the manager of the vocational program in which you plan to enroll. The program manager will advise you regarding which classes to take first. If you are not sure who to call, call (904) 353-9675.
  6. Registration: During the appropriate registration period, register for the courses you plan to take this term via the Web or in person.
  7. Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline. Payment may be made by mail or by visiting the Business Affairs office on campus. Upon payment, we will mail you your class schedule and fee statement.
  8. Identification Card: Obtain a student identification card on campus.
  9. Parking Decal: A parking decal may be picked up at any campus security office.
Vocational Preparation Instruction

Developmental education is offered to non-credit students at various locations. The goal is to assist students who need additional help in improving their reading, math or language skills to earn their certificate. Program strategies include:

  1. reading courses that may be taken for high school credit,
  2. individualized instruction in reading,
  3. tutoring, and
  4. diagnostic and prescriptive teaching in the Vocational Preparatory Instruction (VPI) labs and classes in the areas of mathematics, English and reading.

For more information call (904) 633-8360.

Enrollment for Specialized Continuing Education Programs

Teacher Continuing Education

Florida State College at Jacksonville 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

The 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 at Jacksonville 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 at Jacksonville 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. The 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 at Jacksonville offers affordable, convenient training and networking opportunities to businesses, government and the local community. For information call (904) 633-8312.

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Registration Procedures

College Credit Registration Procedures

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 that 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 at Jacksonville 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.

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 online class schedules.

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 at Jacksonville and state universities. If you are currently enrolled in another college or university and wish to earn credit at Florida State College at Jacksonville 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 at Jacksonville course(s).
  3. Obtain a Florida State College at Jacksonville 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 campus enrollment services office.

Transient Registration

Transient registration is permitted between Florida State College at Jacksonville 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 at Jacksonville 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 Virtual Campus Transient request system, go to Florida Virtual Campus website. 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 at Jacksonville as a non-degree seeking student and a one-time $25 records origination fee.
  3. Obtain a Florida State College at Jacksonville 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 at Jacksonville students wishing to become transient students should follow the steps to completing transient student admissions application.

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.

Workforce Certificate Programs Registration Procedures

Registration Procedures

Registration dates will vary by program category and campus. Students should contact the program advisor for specific information.

Terms and Definitions

Schedule Changes

Schedule changes, commonly known as add–drop, will be allowed in accordance with the schedule established by the Office of the Registrar each term.

Suspension, Termination or Cancellation of Enrollment

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

  1. disciplinary reasons or
  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.
Enrollment Verification

Students requesting enrollment certification for educational benefits must be admitted to and be enrolled in a vocational program. Full time attendance requirements range from 20 to 30 clock hours per week. The minimum may vary by program and agency requirement. Veterans should refer to the Student Services section, Veteran Affairs, in the catalog for information. Students may also contact Veteran Affairs located in the enrollment services office on each campus.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Some certificate courses include specific requirements that must be met prior to enrollment. These 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.

Tuition and Fees

Application Fee

An application fee is assessed when a student submits an admission application to Florida State College at Jacksonville. Application fees must be paid at this time. The application will not be processed without payment of the application fee.

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

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 - College Credit: $25 (one time only)
¹U.S. citizens - PSAV: $15 (one time only) $25 effective Oct. 1, 2013
²International students: $80 (one time only)

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

College Credit Tuition and Fees

Upper Division Baccalaureate Degree Courses Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are effective Fall Term 2013-14:

In-state residents: $114.52 per credit hour*
Non-residents: $399.27 per credit hour*
Non-residents Online Courses: $225.09 per credit hour*
Eligible Georgia residents : $225.09 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.

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

Lower Division College Credit Course Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are effective Fall Term 2013-14:

In-state residents: $102.88 per credit hour*
Non-residents: $399.27 per credit hour*
Non-residents Online Courses: $216.55 per credit hour*
Eligible Georgia residents : $216.55 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.

Most classes are 3-4 credits, so students who are residents of Florida can expect to pay about $298-398 per class. Twelve credits, which is considered a "full-time" load for a semester, cost $1,194 for Florida resident students. Figure in your book costs at about $80 per credit hour, and you are looking at a total bill of about $2,154 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.

Students enrolled in the same undergraduate college credit or college preparatory course more than twice shall pay course fees at the non-Florida resident tuition rates. Attempts made prior to Fall Term 1997 don't apply.

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).

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

PSAV Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are effective Fall Term 2013-14:

In-state residents:

$86.70

per credit hour*

Non-residents:

$345.90

per credit hour*

Eligible Georgia residents :

$173.10

per credit hour*

*Tuition and fees will be available in June 2013. 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.

PSAV tuition and fees are assessed based on the number of contact hours required for each class. Thirty contact hours equal one credit hour.

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

Waivers and Exemptions

The Business Office on each campus is responsible for processing tuition and fee waivers and exemptions. The following is a list of tuition waivers and exemptions available at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Waivers are limited to certain courses and type of instruction. For additional information, contact your campus Business Office.

Dual Enrolled

Students enrolled in a class at Florida State College at Jacksonville that also counts toward high school completion do not pay tuition and fees.

Dual enrolled students are not required to pay the College's application fee unless the student continues enrollment after graduating from high school, or the student requests an official transcript after graduating.

Exemption for tuition and fees is automatically applied and does not require the student to notify the College of eligibility.

Homeless

Homeless students may be eligible for exemption from payment of tuition and fees. The student cannot reside in adequate or fixed housing to qualify for the exemption. This definition precludes some students participating in specified Homeless Programs from qualifying if through participation in the program, adequate or fixed housing is provided. To apply for the Homeless exemption, complete the Affidavit of Homeless Status for Fee Exemption (PDF).

Parking Fee

If you do not use the College's parking facilities at any campus or center, complete and submit a parking fee waiver form (PDF) and return it to any enrollment services office prior to registering for classes. Your parking fee waiver information will be entered into the system and parking fees will not be reflected in your registration fees. The deadline for applying for a parking fee waiver is the same as for the drop deadline. If you have any questions, please call your enrollment services office. See the registration calendar for drop deadlines.

Purple Heart Recipients

To learn about tuition waivers available to Purple Heart recipients, visit www.fscj.edu/purpleheart.

State Employee Waiver

The College will waive tuition and some fees for up to six credit hours per term in a valid program working toward a credential. This includes college-credit instruction and instruction toward a degree. This waiver applies to state employees employed full-time at the time of enrollment, excluding those employed by universities.

Students applying for a state employee tuition and fees waiver are registering on a space-available basis and can only register after fee-paying students have had the opportunity to register for classes. Some courses may be full and therefore unavailable.

Note: Students who register before submitting the Waiver Application will not be eligible for a tuition and fees waiver, and will be responsible for paying for all fees and tuition. Certain fees are not waived, including application, lab, testing, kit, equipment usage and insurance fees.

State employee tuition waiver program procedures are as follows:

  1. Application and Fee: Submit a completed application and the appropriate application fee. The application and fee may be submitted online or to any campus enrollment services office.
  2. Waiver Application: Complete an Intent to Apply form (PDF) and submit it to any campus business affairs office. The form will be accepted beginning the Wednesday before the class you are registering for starts.
  3. Registration: Register for the courses you listed on the form using the online registration system, Connections, or enrollment services on campus.

Students in the Custody of the Department of Children and Family Services

Effective July 1, 2010, students who are or have been in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are eligible for exemption from tuition and fees until the age of 28. Students applying for the DCFS exemption should submit a completed and signed State of Florida Department of Children and Family Services form CF-FSP 5220.

Residency Requirements

Applicants for admission are classified as Florida resident (in-state) or non-Florida resident (out-of-state) for tuition and fees assessment purposes based on Florida Statutes 1009.21.

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. Students seeking to pay resident tuition and fees must provide a statement of residency through the submission of a residency affidavit (PDF).

Determination of Dependency Status for Florida Tuition Rates

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 status is sought at a Florida institution.
  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) one of the following:
    1. a ward/dependent of the court, or
    2. in foster care.
  7. The student is determined an unaccompanied homeless by a school district homeless liaison, emergency shelter or transitional housing program.

Evidence that the student meets one of these criteria will be requested.

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 his/her support for the year (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. A student, whether or not living with his or her parent, who is eligible to be claimed by his or her parent under the federal income tax code shall be classified as a dependent student.

Exceptions/Qualifications

Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes, permits certain applicants who do not meet residency requirements to be classified as Florida residents for tuition and fees purposes. If an applicant qualifies for a residency exception or qualification, then appropriate documentation must be submitted to evidence entitlement to that exception or qualification. Such evidence is generally specific to the type of residency exception or qualification being claimed by the applicant. These exceptional categories are as follows:

  1. Persons who were enrolled as Florida residents for tuition and fees purposes at a Florida public institution of higher education, but who abandon Florida domicile and then re-enroll in Florida within 12 months of the abandonment.
  2. Active duty members of the Armed Services of the United States residing or stationed in Florida (and spouse/dependent children); active drilling members of the Florida National Guard; or military personnel not stationed in Florida whose home of record or state of legal residence certificate, DD Form 2058, is Florida (and spouse/dependent children).
  3. Active duty members of the Armed Services of the United States and their spouses/dependent children attending a public 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Full time instructional and administrative personnel employed by the State public school system and institutions of higher education as defined in s. 1009.21(c) (and spouse/dependent children).
  6. 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.
  7. Southern Regional Education Board's Academic Common Market graduate students attending Florida's state universities.
  8. Full-time employees of state agencies or political subdivisions 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.
  9. McKnight Doctoral Fellows and Finalists who are United States citizens.
  10. United States citizens living outside the United States who are teaching at a Department of Defense Dependent School or in an American International School and who enroll in a graduate level education program which leads to a Florida teaching certificate.
  11. 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.
  12. Active duty members of a foreign nation's military who are serving as liaison officers and are residing or stationed in this state, and their spouses and dependent children, attending a community college or state university within 50 miles of the military establishment where the foreign liaison officer is stationed.
  13. Qualified beneficiaries under the Stanley G. Tate Florida Pre-Paid College Program per s. 1009.98.
  14. Linkage Institute participants receiving partial or full exemptions from S. 1009.21, FS, based on criteria approved by the Florida Department of Education per s. 288.8175, FS, which establishes linkage institutes between postsecondary institutions in this state and foreign countries.

If a dependent child has been residing continuously with a legal resident adult relative other than the parent for at least five years immediately prior to the first day of classes of the term which Florida residency is sought, the dependent child may provide documentation from the adult relative or from the parent. Both the dependent child and the adult relative or the parent must meet the consecutive 12-month legal residence requirement.

Initial Classification

If a student 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 who are lawfully present in the United States such as permanent residents, temporary permanent resident, asylees, parolees, refugees and Cuban/Haitian entrants 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-1B, I, K, L, N, O-1, R, NATO-I-7, S, T, U, 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 removal status
    3. Suspension of deportation status or cancellation of removal
    4. A stay of deportation or status of removal
    5. Deferred action status
    6. Deferred enforced departure status
    7. Asylum
    8. Refugee status
    9. Parolee status
  5. Applicants for adjustment of status
  6. Individuals defined as Cuban or Haitian entrants under the Refugee Education Assistance Act

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

A student who is classified as a non-Florida resident (out-of-state) and seeks reclassification as a Florida resident (in-state) must complete and submit the residency reclassification form (PDF) and all supporting documentation prior to the first day of the first session in which 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. Three 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.

The student who comes to Florida to enroll full-time 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.

Guidelines for Appeal of Florida Residency Classification

Step 1. Student's Submission of the Request

The student initiates the appeals process in the campus student success office or the authorized center administrator's office no later than the A16 Session withdrawal deadline of the following term. The student submits the completed residency appeal and supporting documentation to the campus Dean of Student Success Office or the authorized center administrator. The campus or center representative for the Dean of Student Success then forwards the appeal to the Residency Appeals Committee.

Step 2. College-wide Residency Appeal Committee Review

During its regularly scheduled meetings, the committee will review the appeals submitted for that month. The committee may request additional information from the student or the campus in order to make its decision.

Step 3. Final Residency Determination

Upon review, the Residency Committee will inform the student of its decision in writing. The committee's decision is final and may not be appealed. All residency determinations are made by the postsecondary institution.

*Residency requirements are subject to change pending the decisions of the Florida Legislature. To view any changes to the residency requirements, consult FACTS.org.

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 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 accepts payments on the Web through Connections and in the business offices located at each campus and center.

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), 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. Your class schedule in Connections will reflect any amounts that remain due and list the date payment must be received.

On Campus

You may pay your tuition and fees at the business office on any of our campuses or centers. On campus, you can use cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card) to pay your fees.

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 the 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. Registration, release of transcripts, or the issuance of a certification of completion or diploma to students whose accounts with the College are delinquent is prohibited. 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 for classes or 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 15 days before requesting a refund.

Refunds are processed according to the refund method that was chosen when the FSCJ Refund Card was activated or when the refund preference was last updated. You will receive an email from our partner Higher One when your refund has been processed.

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.

Amounts due to the College for any debts including financial aid overpayments, miscellaneous receivables, tuition, and book loans will be satisfied before refunds are processed to the student.

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 15 days before requesting a refund.

Students paying part of their tuition and fees with cash/check and part by credit card will receive an electronic disbursement to the student's bank account.

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 electronic disbursement to the student's bank account. 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 American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit. The American Opportunity Tax Credit is designed for students in the first two years of post-secondary (college and vocational) education while the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit provides tax benefits 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.

Financial Aid

Florida State College at Jacksonville 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 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 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
  • ensure that you are enrolled in courses needed to fulfill requirements for your primary program of study
  • 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 prior to the published priority date each year. The maximum financial aid package available will be awarded to students whose information (1) is received by the published priority date and (2) meets all federal and institutional requirements. The FAFSA is available at www.fafsa.gov. The school code for Florida State College at Jacksonville is 001484. The application is to be completed by the student and the student's parents (if dependent). 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. Applicants randomly selected for verification by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Financial Aid Office must complete a verification worksheet form (Independent or Dependent) and provide any additional documentation requested by the Financial Aid Office. Financial Aid applications are not considered complete and funds will not be disbursed until the verification process is complete.

Students may be randomly selected for a process called verification by either the U.S. Department of Education or the Financial Aid Office. This process requires the school to verify certain items from the student's FAFSA. Students must submit a verification worksheet and provide any additional documentation requested by the Financial Aid Office. Financial aid applications are not considered complete and funds will not be disbursed until the verification process is complete.

Tuition and fees, books and other charges are due at the time such charges are incurred. If they qualify, students with a valid FAFSA on file and are currently meeting SAP may have their classes held until financial aid is received. Students electing to defer charges must complete the Financial Aid Authorization Form. Students signing a Financial Aid Authorization give the College permission to deduct miscellaneous fees and prior debts from financial aid funds. The amount due on the student's account will be deducted from the financial aid amount disbursed as allowed by regulations. If funds remain, a direct deposit to the student's bank account or FSCJ Refund Card will be issued for the difference.

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 primary program of study. If students choose to take classes outside their primary 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

There are several types of aid available ranging from federal and state student grants, work-study, and loans.

Pell Grant

A federal grant awarded when the student does not have a bachelor's degree or equivalent. The amount received depends on the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the cost of attendance at Florida State College at Jacksonville and enrollment status.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

A federal grant that is awarded when a student demonstrates exceptional need and does not have a bachelor's degree or equivalent. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours or 225 clock hours to be eligible for funds.

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 Direct Subsidized Loan

A low interest loan provided by the Federal government. The subsidized loan is awarded based on need. Interest is paid by the government while the student is enrolled at least half-time. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours or 225 clock hours to be eligible for funds.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

A low interest loan provided by the Federal government. The unsubsidized loan is available regardless of need. However, the loan cannot exceed the Cost of Attendance and the student is responsible for interest payments while in school. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours or 225 clock hours to be eligible for funds.

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. 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. Award amounts are set by the Florida Legislature and are a fixed amount per credit hour. Dual enrollment and early admissions students are ineligible to receive the Bright Futures scholarship at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Blue Wave Opportunity Grant

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

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 at Jacksonville 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.

Additional Grants

Child Care Grants

Child care grants are available for eligible students with dependent children. The grants pay up to 60 percent of eligible child care costs. For more information, contact the campus enrollment services/financial aid office.

Talent Grants For Athletics, Fine 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; fine 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

Fine Arts

Co-curricular

Men's Baseball
Men's Basketball
Women's Basketball
Women's Softball
Women's Tennis
Women's Volleyball

Instrumental
Chorale
Gospel Chorale
Dance
Theatre/Drama
Visual Arts
Multimedia
Graphic Design

Brain Bowl
Forensics (Persuasive Speaking or
     Extemporaneous Speaking)
Student Ambassadors
Student Newspaper (The Campus Voice)
Student Government Assoc. Leadership

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 or high school equivalency degree, or complete a high school education in a home school setting that is treated as such under state law.
  3. Be enrolled in a college credit program or an eligible vocational program.
  4. Not be in default or owe a repayment of Title IV funds.
  5. Have a valid Social Security number.
  6. 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).
  7. Be registered with Selective Service (males between the ages of 18 and 25).
  8. Federal regulations require that students may only receive financial aid if they are maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress (see details below).
  9. 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, and all other credits attempted at Florida State College at Jacksonville. All students receiving Title IV financial aid funds must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Academic history is reviewed for all students applying for financial aid, regardless of whether financial aid has been previously received.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

  1. All academic history, with the exception of 30 hours of remedial coursework and English as a Second Language courses, is included when reviewing a student's SAP status whether or not Title IV funds were received during the period of enrollment. Academic history includes transfer and vocational coursework.
  2. Each student's progress will be evaluated each term.
  3. Students may be eligible for a financial aid warning period of one term. During this term students will maintain financial aid eligibility even though they are not currently meeting SAP standards. Students on financial aid warning will not be awarded aid for subsequent terms until academic progress is in compliance or an approved appeal is processed. Students exceeding maximum timeframe (150 percent of coursework required to complete their degree or certificate program) are not eligible for a warning period.
  4. The College will monitor quantitative and qualitative criteria to determine satisfactory academic progress. Students are deemed "meeting SAP standards" if they are in compliance with criteria listed below:
    1. To meet quantitative SAP standards students must successfully complete 67 percent of all courses attempted and must not attempt more than 150 percent of the coursework required to complete their degree or certificate program.
    2. To meet qualitative SAP standards students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. For financial aid purposes, the cumulative GPA includes remedial courses, repeated courses, transfer hours and grades that were removed through the college's academic forgiveness policy.

Appeal Process

If a student who was previously not meeting SAP criteria brings his/her academic progress back into compliance prior to the next time SAP is calculated, no appeal is required. The student's eligibility for financial aid will be automatically reinstated. Students who are not meeting SAP criteria and who are not eligible for a financial aid warning period are no longer eligible for financial aid. Students no longer eligible for financial aid who have documented extenuating circumstances may submit an appeal to have their aid reinstated. Appeals are approved for one term only and cannot be approved retroactively. If the appeal is approved, the student may have financial aid reinstated for the current or subsequent term and will be considered to be on financial aid probation. 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. Students are responsible for any debt incurred as a result of financial aid awards being cancelled for failure to meet SAP standards.

Student appeals must include, in the students' own words, why they are not meeting SAP standards and what has changed that will enable them to successfully complete all courses attempted going forward. Appeals may be approved for extenuating circumstances only.

The definition of extenuating circumstances includes:

  1. Death in the immediate family.
  2. Medical conditions such as a family member needing round-the-clock care by the student.
  3. Extended illness of student or immediate family.
  4. Military duty.
  5. Other documented extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student.

Students should contact their Student Success Advisor for more information and to obtain an appeal form. Students must complete the appeal application and submit the completed packet to the campus financial aid office. All appeals will be approved or denied by the Financial Aid Appeal Committee. All appeal decisions are final and will be posted in Connections within 45 to 60 days upon receipt of the appeal.

Incomplete appeal applications will not be reviewed. An appeal application is considered incomplete if any requested information is omitted, the appeal form is not filled out completely or supporting documentation is not attached. Supporting documentation must be appropriate for the extenuating circumstance; e.g., death certificate for death in family, physician's note for illnesses or hospitalization, military orders, etc.

If financial aid is terminated or if the appeal is denied, students must make other arrangements to pay their tuition and fees. Students are responsible for any debt incurred as a result of financial aid awards being cancelled for failure to meet SAP standards.

Students should contact their advisor for more information regarding their educational goals and the appeal process.

Students whose appeals are approved must successfully complete all courses attempted. Successfully completed grades include: A, B, C, D, S and NG. Students may also receive additional stipulations such as limitations on the number of allowed hours of enrollment.

Students must submit an academic plan to have their financial aid eligibility reinstated. An academic plan consists of:

  • a degree audit which lists all courses required for completion of the student's program of study. The student should log on to Connections to print his/her degree audit to review with an academic advisor.
  • a timeline of what courses will be taken each term for the next three enrollment periods.
  • an estimated date of graduation.
  • an estimated date at which the student will attain a clear SAP status.
  • a signature from the student acknowledging he or she understands that continued financial aid eligibility is contingent upon adherence to the academic plan and appeal guidelines.

Students must not deviate from the academic plan without prior written approval from an academic advisor.

Re-establishing Eligibility for Financial Aid

If a student who failed SAP criteria brings his/her academic condition back into compliance, no appeal is required. The student's eligibility for financial aid will be automatically reinstated.

A student will be reinstated for financial aid eligibility at such time as he or she successfully completes sufficient hours (67 percent of attempted hours) and has a sufficient grade point average (2.0) to meet the minimum requirements for eligibility as set forth in this policy.

Remedial Courses

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

Repeat Course Policy for Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is required to monitor and adjust a student's enrollment level for Title IV aid if, or when, they repeat course work for credit that they have already earned. Students can retake courses and receive federal aid if they had previously failed a course, but can only receive financial aid twice for a course that has been previously passed. A passing grade is defined as D- or better. This repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic polices regarding repeat courses.

The policy allows a student to receive financial aid under the following situations:

  • To repeat any failed course until a passing grade is received.
  • To repeat one time any course in which you previously received a passing grade.
Please Note

Regardless of the outcome, courses are not eligible to be covered by financial aid after a second attempt has been made for a course that has at any time previously earned a passing grade.

Audited Classes/Challenged Exams

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

Repayment

Title IV financial aid recipients who officially withdraw from all classes during a session may be subject to repayment terms as outlined by the Department of Education. Repayment is based on the actual number of days completed for each session within the term. 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 each session the student was scheduled to attend and the number of days the student actually attended by session prior to withdrawing 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 Financial Aid Office.

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

Veterans Affairs

Veterans benefits are a form of student aid awarded to eligible individuals based on their military service. Listed are the most commonly used 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: Post-9/11 GI Bill
    Members who served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001.
  • Chapter 33e: Post-9/11 GI Bill-Transfer of Entitlement (TOE)
    Dependents of members who served a minimum of 90 days on active duty after September 10, 2001, that was approved by the Department of Defense (DOD) to transfer education entitlement to their dependents.
  • 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 veteran's representative is located in the Enrollment Services Office on each campus to provide forms and information pertaining to educational assistance for veterans. The following actions must be taken once the veteran student has been admitted to the College:

  1. Complete the necessary applications at the Enrollment Services Office on any campus.
  2. Provide a copy of DD214 member copy 4, 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 that are required for graduation.
  3. Students cannot be certified for an audit course, a course for which they have previously received credit, an on-line remedial class 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

A 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 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.

Disclaimer

This section provides general financial aid and Veterans Affairs 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 and VA regulations. If financial aid standards of academic progress are changed, the new requirements will supersede those listed in this catalog. Florida State College at Jacksonville reserves the right to cancel or amend awards based on a change in funding or other reasons specified by federal, state and institutional policies.