Jun 18, 2021  
2021-2022 Updated Catalog 
  
2021-2022 Updated Catalog

Registration



Registration

Registration is the process of selecting and enrolling in Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) courses. Registration is required before a student can attend classes. For information regarding important registration dates, visit the online Academic Calendar.

While most students may register online through RaiderNet, a student’s status or program of study may restrict online registration. For additional information regarding the registration process, please contact a Student Success Navigator at (850) 502-2895 or studentsuccess@nwfsc.edu.

Enrollment Status

Student Type Full Time Three-Quarter Time Half Time Less than Half Time
Enrolled in College Credit, Career, or Developmental Courses 12 or more credit hours 9 credit hours 6 credit hours less than 6 credit hours

Classification of Students

Students are classified according to the number of semester hours they have earned (both NWFSC institutional credit and transfer credit awarded to the student by NWFSC are included in this calculation).

LOWER LEVEL

Freshman A student who has 29 or fewer hours
Sophomore A student who has 30 hours to 60 hours

UPPER LEVEL

Junior A student who has 61 to 90 hours
Senior A student who has 91 or more

Academic Load

A student may enroll in a maximum of eighteen (18) credit hours each semester. Students seeking to enroll in more than eighteen (18) developmental, career, and/or college credits in a single semester must receive prior approval from a Student Success Navigator. Appointments with a Student Success Navigator can be made by contacting (850) 502-2895 or studentsuccess@nwfsc.edu.

Audit Status

Auditing a course permits a student to enroll in a college credit course on a “not-for-credit” basis. Students auditing a class are not required to complete examinations but are expected to attend classes and participate in other activities and requirements on the same basis as students seeking credit. For students who enroll with an Audit Status prior to the end of the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period, upon completion of the course, an “X” grade will be awarded but will not impact the student’s GPA nor count as an attempt toward Full Cost of Instruction and Repeat rules.

After the close of the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period, students may only change from credit status to audit status with the written approval from the instructor of the course. If the student receives approval to change from credit status to audit status after the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) period, an “XC” grade will be awarded. A grade of “XC” does not impact the student’s GPA but does count as an attempt toward Full Cost of Instruction and Repeat rules.

Some occupational courses may not be available on an audit basis. Students wishing to audit an occupational course must obtain permission in advance from the appropriate Department Chair/Division Director. Audit enrollment in studio art classes is permitted only if space is available. Students may audit a class no more than four (4) times.

In order to register for a course in audit status (or to switch from credit status to audit status), a student must submit the Audit Course Form.

Schedule Changes during the Schedule Adjustment Period

Changes in course registration may be made during the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period specified in the online Academic Calendar. Students can make changes to his or her schedule during the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period through the student portal - RaiderNet. However, depending on a student’s status, their program of study, or the start date of the course, the system may prevent a student from dropping his or her last class online. If this occurs, a student should contact a Student Success Navigator at (850) 502-2895 or studentsuccess@nwfsc.edu to ensure the student is manually dropped from the course prior to the deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that his or her schedule is correct prior to the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) deadline. If a student drops any course during the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period, no record of that course enrollment will appear on the student’s transcript nor will the enrollment count as an attempt toward Full Cost of Instruction or Repeat rules.

Non-Attendance

Students are expected to attend class beginning on the first scheduled meeting date regardless of the delivery method of the course (on-campus, hybrid, online, etc.). After the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period has passed for a course, the instructor will be required to confirm attendance for each student on the roster. Attendance is confirmed through a student’s participation in an academic-related activity. The following academic-related activities constitute attendance:  

  • Physically attend a class where there was an opportunity for direct interaction between the instructor and students
  • Submit an academic assignment
  • Take an exam, an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction
  • Attend a study group that was assigned by the faculty member
  • Participate in an online discussion about academic matters
  • Initiate contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course

Please note that simply logging into BlackBoard does not constitute participation in an academic-related activity and this alone would not count towards the College’s attendance policy.

If a student’s attendance is not confirmed by the deadline, that student will be dropped from the course and no record of that course enrollment will appear on the student’s transcript nor will the enrollment count as an attempt toward Full Cost of Instruction or Repeat rules. Students are encouraged to reach out to his or her instructor(s) if clarification is needed on what constitutes attendance for a given course and corresponding deadlines.

Withdrawing From Courses

Students are expected to complete all courses for which they are enrolled at the end of the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period. Course withdrawal may negatively impact a student both academically and financially. Prior to withdrawing, a student should speak with his or her instructor and a Student Success Navigator to determine if a course withdrawal is in the best interest of the student. Students are permitted a maximum of two withdrawals per course in college credit, career, or developmental courses. Pursuant to Rule 6A-14.0301 of Florida Administrative Code, upon the third (and any approved subsequent attempt), the student is not permitted to withdraw from that course. If the student does withdraw from a third (and any approved subsequent attempt), the “W” grade received in that course, will convert to a final grade of “F” at the end of the semester.

A student-initiated withdrawal may be processed at any point after the Schedule Adjustment Period up until the Withdraw Deadline published in the online Academic Calendar. Prior to the deadline, withdrawals can be completed by the student in RaiderNet. However, depending on a student’s status, their program of study, or the start date of the course, the system may prevent a student from withdrawing from his or her last class online. If this occurs, a student should complete the Course Withdrawal Form. If the student has not exceeded the approved number of withdrawals, the student will receive a grade of “W” on his or her official College transcript for each course that the student withdraws.

To request to be withdrawn from a course after the published deadline (a.k.a. a late withdrawal), a student must submit the Request for Exception: Records. Approval will only be granted for documented extenuating circumstances. The deadline to submit a late withdrawal request is within thirty (30) days of the end of the term in which the student was enrolled in the course. For students making the request within the same semester as they are enrolled in the course, please note that he or she is responsible for all course requirements, including grades earned, during the time the late withdrawal request is being reviewed. If an adjustment is warranted, the change will be made within approximately ten (10) College business days of receiving all supporting documentation related to the request and the course will receive a grade of “W” on the official Northwest Florida State College Transcript.

Students are still financially responsible for all tuition, fees, and other associated costs related to the course(s) from which they withdraw.

Complete Withdrawal from the Semester

Students who wish to withdraw from all courses for a given semester should first consult with a Student Success Navigator before initiating this process. Financial Aid recipients, students receiving Veteran’s Benefits, and student-athletes must check with their appropriate representative(s) to determine any financial or eligibility ramifications for withdrawing completely. If it is determined that a complete withdrawal from the semester is in the best interest of the student, the student may submit the Complete Withdrawal From Term form. If the request is made after the withdrawal deadline has passed, approval will only be granted for documented extenuating circumstances. The deadline to submit a late withdrawal request is within thirty (30) days of the end of the term in which the student was enrolled in the course. For students making the request within the same semester as they are enrolled in the course(s), please note that he or she is responsible for all course requirements, including grades earned, during the time the late withdrawal request is being reviewed. If approved, and the student has not exceeded the approved number of withdrawals, the student will receive a grade of “W” on his or her official College transcript.

Administrative Withdrawal

Students may be administratively withdrawn from the College for reasons such as violation of college policies, procedures, student code of conduct, or other mitigating circumstances. The Vice-President of Academic Affairs or the Vice-President of Student Success can administratively withdraw a student at any time.

Enrollment Action Time Frame Grade on Transcript Refund
Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period Add or Drop a Class Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period as it is posted on the Academic Calendar No Record Recorded Full Refund
Withdrawal Withdraw from one or more classes After the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period ends and prior to the Withdrawal Deadline posted on the Academic Calendar W Grade No Refund
Complete Withdrawal from the College Withdraw from all classes
 
May be requested after the Schedule Adjustment (Drop/Add) Period ends and prior to the Withdrawal Deadline posted on the Academic Calendar using the Complete Withdrawal From Term form. W Grade No Refund
Late Withdrawal Withdraw from one or more classes after the Withdrawal Deadline May be requested after the Withdrawal deadline has passed using the Request for Exception: Records Appeal form but does require proof of mitigating circumstances and approval by the Executive Director of Academic Records & Enrollment; the deadline to submit a late withdrawal request is within thirty (30) days of the end of the term in which the student was enrolled in the course(s) in question. W Grade No Refund
Administrative Withdrawal Withdraw from one or more classes by College Administration May be approved by College Administration at any time for mitigating circumstances W Grade No Refund