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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Nov 19, 2019
 
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020] 
  
2019-2020 Catalog [Aug. 2019-Aug. 2020]

Student Services: Admissions


Admissions Overview

  1. Apply for admission. Visit fscj.edu/apply to complete your online application.
  2. Pay your $25 application fee online from your myFSCJ Student Center or a Student Financial Services office.
  3. Access your myFSCJ student account.
  4. Apply for Residency. Visit help.fscj.edu to complete your online Residency Declaration.
  5. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Visit fafsa.ed.gov to access the online financial aid application. FSCJ federal school code: 001484.
  6. Submit high school transcripts as well as all official transcripts from every college and/or university attended. The College will request high school transcripts only for Duval, St. Johns or Clay County high school graduates. If you graduated from a high school outside of the above counties, or if you graduated from a private school, please contact your high school and request an official (sealed) transcript of your grades, credits and graduation date.
  7. Discuss college placement/assessment. Visit fscj.edu/assessment to schedule your testing appointment.
  8. Register for orientation. Visit fscj.edu/orientation to register for orientation.
  9. Complete First Term Advising. Visit any campus Advising Center as a walk-in or schedule an academic advising appointment at fscj.edu/advising.
  10. Obtain your Student ID Card and parking decal. Visit the Library and Learning Commons to get your Student ID card. Visit my.fscj.edu to request a parking decal. (Under Useful Links then select Parking Decal/Registration.)

Admissions Requirements

As provided herein, requirements for admission shall be approved by the Florida State College at Jacksonville District Board of Trustees and shall be reflected in the College catalog. Individuals who are eligible for admission under Florida Statute will be admitted subject to the following requirements.

  1. General Admissions Eligibility Criteria
    1. Individuals under the age of 18 with a significant disciplinary criminal record may be excluded from admission at the discretion of College Administration.
    2. Pursuant to §1001.64(8)(a), F.S., the College may consider the past actions of any individual applying for admission or enrollment. The College may deny admission or enrollment to an individual because of misconduct if determined to be in the best interest of the College. An individual designated as a sexual predator by any court will not be admitted to or enrolled with the College. An individual identified as a sexual offender by any court may be considered for admission or enrollment using procedures established by the administration.
    3. Students who have been declared a sexual predator or sexual offender admitted prior to the adoption of this Rule and are in continuous enrollment may continue their education. Those admitted will be allowed on a College campus only as may be required to complete a program of study at the College.
    4. Selective Admissions: Some associate degree, baccalaureate degree and technical certificate programs have additional admissions requirements as established by the College administration, State Statute or State Board of Education rule. Admission requirements for all Selective Admission programs will be published on the program curriculum pages of the College's catalog. 
  2. Upper Division College Credit Programs
    1. Must have earned an Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Arts (A.A.), or a minimum of 60 hours of transferable college credit 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 or credits were awarded.
    2. Must have met all requirements for college preparatory work.
    3. Selective Admissions: All upper division programs have additional admissions requirements as established by the College administration, Florida Statutes, and/or State Board of Education rule.
      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 public Florida state or community colleges are eligible for priority admissions to upper division programs. 
    4. Provisional Upper Division Admission: Students who do not meet all the requirements for an upper division baccalaureate program may be provisionally admitted to the baccalaureate program with approval of the appropriate dean or dean's designee.
      1. When provisionally admitted, students will be informed of the specific conditions required for full admission.
      2. Students must meet conditions for full admission within one semester from the date of provisional admission.
      3. Students who are admitted provisionally to baccalaureate programs must as a priority enroll in coursework that will fulfill conditions for full admissions status to their intended program of study during the term of provisional admission.
      4. Requests for enrollment in upper division courses by provisionally admitted students must be considered and approved by special exception by the appropriate dean or the dean's designee.
      5. When the conditions for full admission have been satisfied the hold on enrollment in upper division courses may be lifted by the appropriate dean or dean's designee.
      6. Students participating in college preparatory (remedial) course work are ineligible for provisional admission.
    5. Non-Degree Seeking Upper Division Students: Non-degree seeking students may be admitted to enroll in courses for which the student meets all program requirements and course prerequisites on a space available basis. Enrollment in upper division courses requires submission of all postsecondary transcripts prior to registration as well as the approval of the appropriate dean or dean's designee.
  3. Lower Division College Credit Programs
    1. Must have earned a standard or college-ready high school diploma or the equivalency of a high school diploma. In compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations, 34 CFR 668.16 (p), validation of the high school transcript may be required. 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. An official high school transcript with graduation date is required for admission.
    2. Provisional Lower Division Admission: Individuals who have not graduated from high school may be provisionally admitted to the lower division in any of the following cases.
      1. Dual Enrollment: Individuals enrolled at a public or private high school or home school may be provisionally admitted if they meet the dual enrollment requirements in accordance with state statute and rules, and as detailed in dual enrollment agreements with local school districts, private schools, or with home-school families.
      2. Limited Special Admission (LSA): In order to accelerate postsecondary access for high school students who may be participants in Dual Enrollment, early college or other programming as defined by state statute and rules, the College offers LSA to individuals who meet specified criteria.
        1. Individuals (typically seniors) who are enrolled at a public or private high school or are home-schooled, who have not yet officially graduated, but can provide an affidavit/documentation verifying the completion of all Florida secondary graduation requirements by the end of the current academic year, may be eligible for LSA to the College. Individuals who can present verification of having completed the GED® test during the semester just prior to the college term for which they are seeking admission but who have not yet received scores from that exam at the time of registration may also be eligible for LSA to the College pending receipt of the official scores.
        2. LSA may not exceed one term of enrollment and a maximum of 12 credit hours. LSA will require the consent of the student's parent or guardian, if a minor.
        3. Students enrolling under the LSA provision must be qualified for college level coursework per passing scores on an approved college placement assessment and are responsible for all tuition and fees and course materials.
        4. Students in this category must complete placement assessments and advising prior to registration.
        5. Continued enrollment beyond one semester for LSA students is contingent upon:
          1. The College's receipt of an official high school transcript verifying graduation prior to the second term of postsecondary enrollment;
          2. The receipt of an official score report indicating passing scores on all sections of the GED® test; or
          3. In the case of a home-schooled student, a parent affidavit verifying completion of all Florida secondary graduation requirements.
    3. 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.
      1. The student must meet all entry requirements for the specified baccalaureate degree while completing the relevant associate degree.
      2. Upon completion of the relevant associate's degree, Bright Futures Academic Scholars will be admitted to the upper division program of study with no additional application process.
  4. Workforce Certificate Programs
    1. General admission for the Workforce Certificate programs:
      1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
      2. Demonstrate reading proficiency at the 6th grade level or higher.
    2. Individuals under the age of 18 who have not earned a high school completion credential may be admitted to Workforce Certificate programs if they meet the following criteria:
      1. Demonstrates reading proficiency at the 6th grade level or higher.
      2. Provides written consent for admission from the individual's parent or legal guardian.
      3. Provides written confirmation from all high schools attended that they have 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
    3. 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 inter-institutional agreements.
    4. Selective Admissions Programs: Some Workforce Certificate programs have additional admissions requirements as established by the College administration, State Statute or State Board of Education rule. Admission requirements for all Selective Admission programs will be published on the program curriculum pages of the College's catalog.
  5. Adult Education Programs
    1. General admission for the High School Equivalency Adult Education program:
      1. Must be 18 years of age or older.
      2. Demonstrate reading proficiency at the 6th grade level or higher.
    2. Applicants under the age of 18 may be admitted to the High School Equivalency Adult Education program if the applicant meets the following criteria:
      1. Demonstrate reading proficiency at the 6th grade level or higher.
      2. Complies with their district's withdrawal process.
      3. Completes the "Age Waiver" process with their local school district in order to register for the GED® test.
      4. Completes a "Special Admissions Form for Students Under 18 Years of Age" with their local school district stating 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
    3. General Admission for Adult High School Adult Education program:
      1. Must be 18 years old or older.
      2. Must require fewer than 10 credits to earn a standard high school diploma in the state of Florida.
      3. Must have a current high school grade point average of 1.7 or higher on a 4-point scale.
      4. Individuals must be seeking and have not already completed any high school completion credential.

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 his or her SSN to the College, but the IRS may impose a fine. Additional information related to the use of social security numbers can be found in the Student Records and Privacy section of the College catalog.

Enrollment Overview

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 18 credits. To receive overload permission, students must get approval from the campus Advising Center.

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 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/Enroll

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers two ways to register. You are encouraged to register by web registration through your student portal account. However, if you need additional assistance please visit the Advising Center on any campus for registration/enrollment help.

Schedule Changes and Add/Drop

Schedule changes may be made 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 academic dean.

Final Drop Day

Final drop day is the last day upon which students may drop a course without penalty and be eligible for a full refund of fees paid for that course. Courses officially dropped without penalty 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 and parking permit if taking courses at any of our campus/center locations.
  4. Register for approved class(es). You may need to see an Advisor with an unofficial transcript to determine placement testing requirements or obtain course prerequisite waivers before registration.

For more information, contact any campus Advising Center.

Transient Registration

Transient registration is permitted between Florida State College at Jacksonville and other universities and colleges. If you are in good academic 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:
    1. If your school is participating in the FloridaShines Transient request system, go to floridashines.org. Follow the instructions and submit your request electronically;
    2. If your home school is not participating in the FloridaShines Transient request system, present a transient student letter at time of making application to Florida State College at Jacksonville as a non-degree seeking student;
  2. Obtain a Florida State College at Jacksonville identification card and parking permit if taking courses at any of our campus/center locations;
  3. Register for approved class(es); if you need assistance, schedule an appointment with an advisor at fscj.edu/advising/advising-online.

Florida State College at Jacksonville students wishing to become transient students at other institutions should follow the steps to completing the transient student admissions application available at fscj.edu/admissions/transient-students, as well as any additional requirements for that institution.

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 academic standards of progress.
  4. Failure to successfully complete course prerequisites.

Enrollment Verification

Students requesting enrollment verification or certification for educational benefits to submit to a third-party must make this request after the final drop without penalty date for each session. If you are enrolled in multiple sessions, enrollment verification cannot be completed until the last date to drop for the final session has been reached. Complete a request for enrollment verification form at any campus Advising Center. 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 Registrar's Office 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.
  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 academic standards of progress.
  4. Failure to successfully complete course prerequisites.
Enrollment Verification

Students requesting enrollment verification or certification for educational benefits must be admitted to and be enrolled in a workforce certificate program. Full-time attendance requirements range from 20 to 30 clock/contact hours per week. The minimum may vary by program and agency requirement. Veterans should refer to the Veterans Affairs section  of the catalog for information or contact an advisor in an Advising Center.

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.

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 Degree Seeking

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

Students Seeking a 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

International

Earn college credit as a degree seeking visiting foreign student (non-resident) or study in the English Language Institute (intensive English language program)

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 an online application at fscj.edu/apply and the appropriate non-refundable application fee. Submit your application and all supporting materials by the published priority date of the term/session you plan to attend. After the published priority date, incomplete files may be deferred to the next term or session.
  2. High School Transcript:
    1. Submit an official standard or college-ready high school transcript or the equivalency of a high school transcript.
    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: Student Records, Florida State College at Jacksonville, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515.
    4. If you completed a home school program of study in Florida you must provide a notarized Home School Affidavit in lieu of a transcript.
    5. Transcripts must be submitted in English or with an official English translation.
    6. 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) (visit naces.org/members.htm for a list of NACES members). Florida State College at Jacksonville will only accept evaluations from a NACES agency. Note: A document-by-document evaluation is only acceptable for submission of high school transcripts.
    7. Once a transcript is submitted, it becomes the property of the College and cannot be returned, photocopied or forwarded to another institution.
  3. Residency: Submit appropriate residency documentation if you plan to claim Florida residency for tuition purposes.
  4. Orientation: Once your application has been submitted, you will be directed to your new student orientation. The orientation is designed to guide you through the initial stages of the admissions and enrollment process.
  5. Assessment:
    1. Effective November 2013 under Senate Bill 1720, if you entered the ninth grade in a Florida public school in 2003 or after and you graduate from a Florida Public High school with a standard Florida high school diploma, or if you are a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the U.S. Armed Services, you are not required to take placement testing.
    2. If you do not qualify for a testing exemption, 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.
  6. Advising: Contact any campus Advising Center to complete an advising session and obtain an individualized academic degree plan.
  7. Financial Aid Application: If you are interested in receiving financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov to determine your eligibility for financial aid. When completing the FAFSA remember to enter Florida State College at Jacksonville's 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 your myFSCJ account.
  8. Enrollment: During the appropriate registration period, register for the courses you plan to take this term using your myFSCJ account or contact an Advisor for assistance.
  9. Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline. You can pay by mail, online, or by visiting the Student Financial Services Office on your chosen campus.
  10. Identification Card: After registering, visit any campus to obtain your official Florida State College at Jacksonville identification card. Students are required to carry their FSCJ Student ID while on College property.
  11. Parking Decal: Stop by any Campus Security Office to request a parking decal.
  12. Deadlines, Policies and Procedures: 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.

Incoming Transfer Degree Seeking Students

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 an online application at fscj.edu/apply and the appropriate non-refundable application fee. Submit your application and all supporting materials by the published priority date of the term/session you plan to attend. After the published priority date, incomplete files may be deferred to the next term or session.
  2. High School and College Transcripts: Have official transcripts from high school (or equivalent) and all colleges attended sent to Student Records, Florida State College at Jacksonville, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515. Note: Failure to submit all transcripts will affect your financial aid eligibility. Once transcripts are submitted, they become the property of the College and cannot be returned, photocopied or forwarded to another institution.
  3. Residency: Submit appropriate residency documentation if you plan to claim Florida residency for tuition purposes.
  4. Financial Aid Application: If you are interested in receiving financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov to determine your eligibility for financial aid. When completing the FAFSA remember to enter Florida State College at Jacksonville's 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 myFSCJ. All prior college coursework must be received and evaluated before you can be considered for financial aid.
  5. Admissions Placement Survey: Go to any Assessment and Certification Center 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. Effective November 2013 under Senate Bill 1720, some students may not be required to take placement testing. Visit fscj.edu/assessment to learn more.
  6. Orientation: Transfer students are encouraged to attend orientation. The information provided offers insight that will help transfer students ease into the transition to Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  7. Academic Advising: During Orientation you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an Advisor to help select and enroll for your classes. Students may also seek academic advising at any campus Advising Center.
  8. Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees must be paid by the payment deadline. You can pay by mail, online, or by visiting the Student Financial Services Office on your chosen campus.
  9. Identification Card: After registering, visit any campus to obtain to get your official Florida State College at Jacksonville identification card. Students are required to carry their FSCJ Student ID while on College property.
  10. Parking Decal: Stop by any Campus Security Office to request a parking decal.
  11. Deadlines, Policies and Procedures: 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.
  12. Degree Requirements: 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 educational requirements.
Evaluation of Other College Transcripts

Florida State College at Jacksonville evaluates transcripts from all previously attended colleges for degree seeking and workforce certificate students. All courses attempted at all levels are researched and evaluated.

Transfer credit and the assigned whole grades (plus or minus designations removed) are used in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. 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 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.

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 Advisor to ensure that program credit hour requirements will be met.

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

Student with college transcripts must have an English translation and course-by-course evaluation performed, at the students' expense, by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) (visit naces.org/members.htm for a list of NACES members). 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.

Students Seeking a Second Degree

Students who have completed an Associate in Arts or higher degree may not pursue the same degree at Florida State College at Jacksonville but may pursue other degrees, advanced technical certificates, or technical certificates.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Students who desire to take college credit courses but do not intend to earn a degree at Florida State College at Jacksonville should submit an online application at fscj.edu/apply and the appropriate non-refundable application fee. Transcripts may be required to show proof of completion of course prerequisites. Placement testing may be required if you desire to enroll in mathematics, English, or reading courses. Please note that non-degree seeking students cannot be certified for financial aid. Students who desire to switch to a degree seeking status in the future should contact an Advisor 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 earn simultaneous high school and college credit. 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. 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.

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 independently. 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 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. For additional details, please contact your Dual Enrollment coordinator.

Early Admission

Early Admission is a dual enrollment program that allows high school scholars to enter Florida State College at Jacksonville as full-time students at the end of their junior year. Students earn college credits and still graduate with their high school class. The program is governed by the dual enrollment requirements listed above, with the exception of requiring an increased high school grade point average.

International

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 a U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for a student F-1 visa. 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. International Students on an F-1 visa may take non-credit courses in English language instruction through the English Language Institute (ELI). They may also take college credit courses as degree-seeking students in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, an approved Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, or an approved bachelor degree program.

College Credit

College credit degree seeking international student (F-1 visa) applicants must:

  1. Complete an application for international admission as degree seeking students.
  2. Pay the appropriate non-refundable application fee by cashier's check or money order to Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  3. Provide proof of previous education as follows:
    1. Secondary records must have a minimum of a document-by-document evaluation with a high school foreign language identification from a NACES approved foreign credential evaluation service (visit naces.org/members.htm for a list of NACES members).
    2. Postsecondary records must include a course-by-course evaluation from a NACES approved foreign credential evaluation service (visit naces.org/members.htm for a list of NACES members).
    3. Students transferring from a U.S. college are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended in addition to proof of high school completion or its U.S. equivalent. Submission of foreign high school requires a NACES evaluation as stated above.
  4. Provide 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. View minimum required test scores on the FSCJ International Admissions website.
  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.

International college credit degree seeking applicants will not be considered for admission until items one through five have been received. To be considered for any term, all items must be received by the published deadline for the applied term. Florida State College at Jacksonville provides campus housing at 20 West Housing near the Downtown Campus. For more information, visit the 20 West Housing webpage at fscj.edu/student-services/student-life/20-west-housing. International students accepted for admission will be notified of their acceptance and will be provided with Form I-20 as required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. International students should be enrolled in and satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 credit hours for the fall term and 12 credit hours for the spring term. Please refer to International Admissions for application documents and for published deadline dates. For more information, contact the International Student Services office.

Prior to registration, international college credit A.A. or A.S. degree-seeking 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 for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes, the English Language Institute (ELI), or preparatory math, English composition, or reading classes. These classes may not be counted for transfer or graduation. These additional courses will add additional terms and students will be required to include this additional expense when calculating the necessary funds to complete their degree program.

Admission to Florida State College at Jacksonville as an international college credit degree-seeking student does not guarantee admission into a Selective/Limited Access program or a bachelor program. Additionally, students must have earned an associate degree (60 college level credits) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or if foreign, the equivalent of an associate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, prior to applying for a bachelor program. Please consult the International Student Services Office for a list of eligible Selective/Limited Access or bachelor's programs for F-1 international students.

For additional information, visit the International Student Services Office at fscj.edu/admissions/international-admissions or email fscjinternational@fscj.edu.

English Language Institute

For admission to the English Language Institute, students must: 

  1. Complete an application for international admission and indicate English Language Institute.
  2. Pay the appropriate non-refundable application fee by cashier's check or money order to Florida State College at Jacksonville.
  3. Submit a translated high school diploma. Individuals completing high school outside of the United States or U.S. Territories must submit a translated high school diploma.
  4. Provide a copy of the title page in applicant's passport as well as any dependent who might accompany the applicant.
  5. Provide 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.

It is important to remember that the application for admission will not be reviewed until all required documents are received. If the applicant is accepted for admission, the applicant will receive an I-20 and official acceptance letter. Students with questions should contact the English Language Institute at eli@fscj.edu.

Workforce, Specialized Continuing Education or Non-Degree Seeking 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.

Workforce Certificate Programs

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers many workforce certificate 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.

Tests 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 Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) will be required to enroll in basic skills training and be retested to demonstrate attainment of the prescribed skill level for their respective programs of study.

Exceptions

Certain programs require students to complete the appropriate Basic Abilities Test as part of the application process. Students pursuing these programs may be exempt from taking the TABE. Students should contact the appropriate Program Manager regarding testing requirements for their specific program.

Exemptions from Placement Testing and Exit Examinations

Students who entered the ninth grade in a Florida public high school in the 2003-2004 school year or any year thereafter and earned a standard Florida high school diploma, or students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States Armed Services, will not be required to take a common placement test such as the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), and these students will not be required to enroll in Applied Academics for Adult Education (per Section 1008.30, Florida Statute, and State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0315).

Students who meet these exemption criteria will not be required to take the TABE as an exit examination.

The following students will also be exempt from placement testing and basic skills exit examination:

  1. Students who have earned a college degree at the associate of applied science (A.A.S.) level or higher.
  2. Students who have successfully completed developmental education requirements (REA 0017, ENC 0025, MAT 0028). (Students will be exempt from placement testing and basic skills exit examination in the subject area(s) in which they had successfully completed developmental education requirements.)
  3. Students who have successfully completed a college-credit English (e.g., ENC 1101) or math (MAC 1105 ) course with a grade of "C" or higher. (Students will be exempt from placement testing and basic skills exit examination only in the subject area(s) in which they had successfully completed a college-credit course.)
  4. Students who have passed a state or national industry certification or licensure examination identified in State Board of Education rules and aligned to the career education program in which the student is enrolled.
  5. Adult students enrolled in an apprenticeship program that is registered with the Department of Education.
Enrollment Procedures

Enrollment procedures for students entering workforce certificate programs are as follows:

  1. Application and Fee: Submit an online application at fscj.edu/apply and pay the appropriate non-refundable application fee by the published priority date of the term/session you plan to attend. After the published priority date, incomplete applications may be deferred to the next term or session.
  2. High School Completion: Some Workforce Certificate programs require proof of high school completion or equivalency. Please see refer to specific program requirements for more information. Students who wish to enter programs with high school completion or equivalency requirements should have official transcripts from high school (or equivalent) sent to the program office or Student Records, Florida State College at Jacksonville, P.O. Box 40515, Jacksonville, FL 32203-0515.
    Note: Failure to submit all transcripts will affect your financial aid eligibility. Once transcripts are submitted, they are considered educational records and will become the property of the College. As such, transcripts cannot be returned, photocopied or forwarded to another institution. However, unofficial copies of high school transcripts provided by the student to FSCJ may be provided to licensing or certifying agencies outside of FSCJ if high school equivalency is a program completion requirement related to licensing and/or employment and if the student has provided a signed FERPA release. 
  3. Residency: Submit appropriate residency documentation if you plan to claim Florida residency for tuition purposes.
  4. Financial Aid Application: If you are interested in receiving financial aid, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov to determine your eligibility for financial aid. When completing the FAFSA remember to enter Florida State College at Jacksonville's 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 myFSCJ.
  5. Assessment: After submitting your admissions application, contact the assessment and certification center on campus and take the required Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE), if required by your program.
  6. Advising: Make an appointment with the manager of the workforce program in which you plan to enroll. The Program Manager will advise you regarding which classes to take.
  7. Enrollment: During the appropriate registration period, register for the courses you plan to take this term via myFSCJ or by visiting any campus Advising Center.
  8. Tuition and Fees: Tuition and fees must be paid by the published payment deadline.
  9. Identification Card: After registering, stop by any campus to obtain your official Florida State College at Jacksonville identification card. Students are required to carry their FSCJ Student ID while on College property.
  10. Parking Decal: Stop by any Campus Security Office to request a parking decal.

Applied Academics for Adult Education

Applied Academics for Adult Education (AAE) is designed for students who have tested above a 9.0 on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) but have not met the minimum TABE level exit requirement (available at fscj.edu/assessment/available-assessments/tabe/tabe-certificate) for the workforce program they wish to pursue. AAE courses develop and enhance the basic reading, writing, and math skills that are necessary to meet State certification requirements and to help students succeed in their respective workforce certificate programs of study. Students enrolled in AAE classes will receive self-paced individualized instruction.

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