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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Aug 24, 2019
 
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] 
  
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020]

Student Services: Student Financial Services


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. The application will not be processed without payment of the application fee.

Note: This fee is a processing fee and is non-refundable. Florida State College at Jacksonville does not accept application fee waivers.

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 - Workforce Certificate: $25 (one time only)
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 Course Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are effective Fall Term 2018-19:

In-state residents: $116.52 per credit hour*
Non-residents: $401.27 per credit hour*
Non-residents Online Courses: $227.09 per credit hour*
Eligible Georgia Residents: $227.09 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 at fscj.edu/financialaid.

Lower Division College Credit Course Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are effective Fall Term 2018-19:

In-state residents: $104.88 per credit hour*
Non-residents: $401.27 per credit hour*
Non-residents Online Courses: $218.55 per credit hour*
Eligible Georgia Residents: $218.55 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 $315-466 per class. Twelve credits, which is considered a "full-time" load for a semester, cost $1,259 for Florida resident students. Figure in your book costs at about $60 per credit hour, and you are looking at a total bill of about $1,980 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 the system-wide average of the prior year's cost of undergraduate programs for Florida College System institutions. Attempts made prior to Fall Term 1997 do not 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 at fscj.edu/financialaid.

Workforce Certificate Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are effective Fall Term 2018-19:

Residency Cost Based on
30 Contact Hours 
Cost Per Contact Hour
In-state residents: $87.60 $2.92 per contact hour*
Non-residents: $350.64 $11.69 per contact hour*
Eligible Georgia Residents: $175.32 $5.84 per contact 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 at fscj.edu/financialaid.

Differential Georgia Tuition and Fees

Eligible Georgia residents qualify for differential Georgia tuition and fees. While the differential Georgia rate is still more than what a Florida resident pays, it's significantly lower than the traditional non-resident tuition and fees. 

Eligible Zip Codes

Students living in these zip codes will be eligible for the differential Georgia tuition and fees.

Zip Code County City
31501 Ware Waycross
31502 Ware Waycross
31503 Ware Waycross
31520 Glynn Brunswick
31521 Glynn Brunswick
31522 Glynn Brunswick and St. Simons' Island
31523 Glynn Brunswick
31524 Glynn Brunswick
31525 Glynn Brunswick
31527 Glynn Brunswick and Jekyll Island
31537 Charlton Folkston and Homeland
31542 Brantley Hoboken
31543 Brantley Hortense
31547 Camden Kings Bay
31548 Camden Kingsland
31550 Ware Major
31552 Ware Millwood
31553 Brantley Nahunta
31558 Camden Saint Marys
31561 Glynn Brunswick and Sea Island
31562 Charlton Saint George
31564 Ware Waresboro
31565 Camden Waverly
31566 Brantley Waynesville
31568 Camden White Oak
31569 Camden Woodbine
31646 Camden Saint George

Waivers and Exemptions

Student Financial Services 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 Advising Center (fscj.edu/advising/contact-information).

  • Affidavit of Homeless Status for Fee Exemption
  • Dual Enrolled
  • Out-of-State Waiver Request
  • Public School Teacher Waiver
  • Purple Heart Recipients Tuition Waivers (fscj.edu/veterans/military-student-tuition-and-waivers)
  • State Employee Tuition Waiver
  • Students in the Custody of the Department of Children and Family Services
  • Out-of-State Veterans Tuition Waiver

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.

Determination of Dependency Status for Florida Resident 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 to be 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 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, 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 spouse/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 spouse/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 spouse/dependent children) attending a 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 spouse/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.

A person who physically resides in this state may be classified as a resident for tuition purposes if he or she marries a person who meets the 12-month residency requirement and who is a legal resident of this state. Documentation is required to support this claim.

If a dependent child has been residing continuously with a legal resident adult relative other than the parent for at least three 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 Residency 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) have 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 noted on the Residency Declaration Statement. 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-month 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-1C, 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 the Residency Declaration form at fscj.edu/docs/default-source/admissions-documents/residency_declaration_.pdf and provide 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 parent 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 a Declaration of Domicile.

Completed Residency Declaration forms may be submitted to any campus Advising Center, by fax to (904) 633-5955, via email to info@fscj.edu, or by mail to Admissions, Florida State College at Jacksonville, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, Florida 32203-0515.

Residency Declarations forms will be processed within 10 business days.

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 appeal form and supporting documentation to the Campus Dean Office or to the authorized center administrator. The campus or center representative for the Campus Student Success Office then forwards the appeal to the Residency Appeals Committee.

Step 2. Collegewide 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. The postsecondary institution makes all residency determination.

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

Other Fees

Late Registration Fee

The fee for late registration is $35. A one-time term late fee of $35 is added if registering on or after the earliest session class start date.

Returned Check Fee

There is a $25 fee on all returned checks.

In the event that a check has been returned, the issuer will be notified of the prescribed deadline to make restitution, including the return check fee, in the form of cash, certified/cashier's check, or money order. Students who do not make restitution by the deadline date 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. Additionally, 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 to FSCJ students and $10 to non-FSCJ students. These fees are paid in the Campus Student Financial Services Office prior to testing and are non-refundable. Students are not charged a fee for the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) if it is required for a FSCJ program. Students are not charged a fee for the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) if it is their first attempt at FSCJ or if their placement scores are expired and they are eligible to retake the exam.

Insurance Fees

For some courses such as professional malpractice and liability insurance risk coverage, insurance fees may be required to cover supplies, materials, equipment, and instruction of facilities. 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.

Distance Learning Fee

There is a $45 online fee assessed per course for all online courses.

Repeat Course Fee per Credit Hour for the Same Course (Third Attempt)

Students enrolled in the same undergraduate college credit or college preparatory course more than twice shall pay the system-wide average of the prior year's cost of undergraduate programs for Florida College System institutions. 

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 the myFSCJ and in the Campus Student Financial Services Offices. Visit fscj.edu/admissions-aid/student-financial-services/contactus for Student Financial Services Office campus locations and hours.

Web

The easiest way to pay for your courses is directly through the myFSCJ. 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. Paying tuition or other student bills: All credit/debit card transactions charge a non-refundable service fee of 1.4% for payments. Payments made using a bank account are still free.

All financial aid and agency-sponsored payments will automatically be applied to the amount due when you register. Your class schedule in myFSCJ 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 Campus Student Financial Services Offices. 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, and/or reported to a collection agency and the credit bureau, and will not be able to register for classes or receive transcripts.

Fee Refunds

A 100 percent 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 percent 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 Student Financial Services Office. (Visit fscj.edu/admissions-aid/student-financial-services/contactus for Student Financial Services Office campus locations and hours.) 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 BankMobile disbursement selection kit was activated or when the refund preference was last updated. You will receive an email from our partner BankMobile 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.

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.

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 fees, 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.

Request for Refund Appeal Process

The Associate Provost 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. Decisions made by the Associate Provost are final and may not be appealed.

Students will complete a Finance Related Appeal form at any advising center. If approved and a refund is due, refunds will be processed within six weeks of the Associate Provost's approval date. If a refund is not approved, the student will be notified.

The Associate Provost 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 Finance Related Appeals must be received by the Campus Student Services Advising Center 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 postsecondary 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 postsecondary (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 website at irs.gov or the U.S. Department of Education website at ifap.ed.gov.