May 27, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Catalog

Admissions


 


 

Northwest Florida State College (NWFSC) is an open-door institution that offers educational opportunities ranging from degrees to short-term certificates for anyone who meets admission eligibility criteria for the program. 

All applicants must complete the online NWFSC Admissions Application. An applicant is limited to one application per semester. If an applicant needs to make any changes to the application, they must complete the “Update My Application” form found under Forms on the Raider Central section of the website.

Please note, that some programs require additional admissions criteria or have selective admissions processes. Upon admission, the student is bound to the program requirements outlined in the College Catalog in effect for the semester of admission. If the applicant fails to enroll during the semester of their initial admission, they will be required to complete a new Admissions Application for a future semester.

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  1. It’s FREE to apply to NWFSC! Apply online at www.nwfsc.edu/admissions.
  2. Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, and Bachelor degree seeking applicants must submit proof of high school completion. (Dual Enrollment, Non-Degree Seeking, College Credit Certificate, Applied Technology Diploma, and Career Certificate program applicants are exempt from providing a high school transcript.)
    • A final high school transcript showing your graduation date
    • High School Equivalency Diploma or GED transcript showing your completion date
    • Affidavit of Home School Completion (the affidavit must be notarized; please see affidavit for specific information outlining required supporting documentation)
  3. Official transcripts (including military transcripts such as Community College of the Air Force and the Joint Services Transcript) are required for General College Admissions prior to the second semester of enrollment. It is the student’s responsibility to submit official transcripts for evaluation prior to advising and/or registration. Students may not receive a refund for a course they choose to take at NWFSC if they subsequently receive transfer credit for that same course but failed to submit all transcripts prior to advising and registration. Send official transcripts to Northwest Florida State College, Office of Academic Records and Enrollment, 100 College Blvd. East, Niceville, FL 32578. Electronic transcripts may be sent to registrar@nwfsc.edu but are only accepted if sent by a secure third-party provider (i.e., Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.; transcripts from a personal email account will not be accepted). Students should contact their prior institution for assistance with requesting their official transcript. Proof of high school completion and transcripts must be received prior to the start of the semester of admission; if applicable documentation is not received, a registration hold will be placed on the student’s account that will prohibit all registration activity until it is received. 
  4. Official score reports from national testing agencies such as ACT, SAT, AP, CLEP, DANTES, or AICE are not required but must be submitted to receive course credit and/or meet pre-requisite requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to submit official score reports for evaluation prior to advising and/or registration. Students may not receive a refund for a course they choose to take at NWFSC if they subsequently receive credit-by-exam for that same course but failed to submit all score reports prior to advising or registration. Students should contact their testing agency to request their official score reports. Send official score reports to Northwest Florida State College, Office of Academic Records and Enrollment, 100 College Blvd. East, Niceville, FL 32578. Electronic score reports may be sent to registrar@nwfsc.edu, but are only accepted if sent by a secure third-party provider (i.e., Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.; score reports from a personal email account will not be accepted). Students should contact their prior institution to request their official score reports.

 

Each applicant will be notified by email of their admission status to the College. Once admitted, students are assigned an NWFSC student email account and student identification number. The student is expected to provide their student identification number to assist in verifying their identity when discussing any information related to their education record here at the College. The NWFSC student email account serves as the official method of communication to the student from the College. The student will be expected to use this email account when communicating electronically with the College.
 

For Financial Aid Students Only: Until NWFSC receives and evaluates official copies of all transcripts, you will not be eligible to receive financial aid or scholarships. This may include proof of high school completion for students admitted to financial aid eligible certificate programs.

 

Re-Admission

A student who has previously attended NWFSC, but who has not been in attendance within one year (3 semesters) must re-apply to update personal data, verify their intended program of study, and declare their current residency status. The student will complete program requirements under the catalog in effect for the term of re-admission.

In compliance with our Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense, DoD Instruction 1322.25, and NWFSC Board of Trustees Policy SS 7.00, service members shall be readmitted to a program with the same academic status as they had when last attending the school or accepted for admission to the school if they are temporarily unable to attend class or have to suspend their studies due to service requirements.

The student must notify the school of their military service and intention to return to school as follows:

  • Notification of military service. The student must give oral or written notice of such service to the school as far in advance as is reasonable under the circumstances. This notice does not have to indicate whether the student intends to return to the school and may not be subject to any rule of timeliness. (Timeliness must be determined by the facts in each case.) Alternatively, at the time of re-admission, the student may submit an attestation of military service that necessitated the absence from school. No notice is required if precluded by military necessity, such as service in operations that are classified or would be compromised by such notice.
  • Notification of intent to return to school. The student must also give oral or written notice of their intent to return to the school within three years after the completion of the period of service. A student who is hospitalized or convalescing due to an illness or injury incurred or aggravated during the performance of service must notify the school within two years after the end of the period needed for recovery from the illness or injury. A student who fails to apply for re-admission within these periods does not automatically forfeit eligibility for re-admission but is subject to the school’s established leave of absence policy and general practices.

Contact the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment at registrar@nwfsc.edu for more details.

Transfer Students

A student who has attended another college or university before enrolling at NWFSC in a degree program is considered a transfer student, regardless of the grades received or the transferability of the courses attempted.

  • Official transcripts (including military transcripts such as Community College of the Air Force and the Joint Services Transcript) are required for General College Admissions prior to the second semester of enrollment. It is the student’s responsibility to submit official transcripts for evaluation prior to advising and registration. Students may not receive a refund for a course they choose to take at NWFSC if they subsequently receive transfer credit for that same course but failed to submit all transcripts prior to advising and/or registration.

Proof of high school completion and transcripts must be received prior to the start of the semester of admission; if applicable documentation is not received, a registration hold will be placed on the student’s account that will prohibit all registration activity until it is received.

Admission to the A.A. Degree Program

Students who have already received an A.A. from another institution are not eligible for admission into the A.A. degree program at NWFSC. Students who are initially admitted into the A.A. degree program but are subsequently discovered to have already received an A.A. degree will be switched to Non-Degree Seeking status and instructed to either re-apply to the College or submit a Update my application form as applicable to each student’s specific situation.  

Admission to an A.S. Program with a Companion Certification

Many of the college credit certificate programs offered by NWFSC provide the initial step in meeting selected course requirements for an A.S. degree in a related area. Courses from those certificates are the same as or equivalent to comparable courses in the companion degree program. Likewise, courses used in the degree program may be applied to a certificate in a related area; in many cases, completion of courses in the degree program can automatically qualify the student to receive the companion certificate.

Certificate Admission Requirements (CCC or CCP)

An applicant for admission to either the College Credit Certificate (CCC) Programs or Career Certificate Programs (CCP) may be accepted to the College but should review selective admission program requirements.

*If the CCC or CCP program is a selective admissions program, transcripts from previous post-secondary institutions may be required as part of the selective admissions process.  

Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) Admission Requirements

An applicant for admission to an Applied Technology Diploma (ATD) program must be a high school graduate or GED holder and submit one of the documents as described above as part of the application. Transcripts from previous post-secondary institutions are not required for admission but must be submitted if the student is seeking any type of transfer credit for previous college or university coursework successfully completed. *

*If the ATD program is a selective admissions program, transcripts from previous post-secondary institutions may be required as part of the selective admissions process.  

 

Baccalaureate Degree Admission Requirements

NWFSC is approved by the State of Florida Board of Education to offer baccalaureate degrees. NWFSC offers the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.), Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree programs. All bachelor’s degree programs are designed to provide a career ladder for those who have already completed an associate degree (or 60 transferable credits for the B.A.S. and B.S.E. degrees). All bachelor’s degree applicants must complete the NWFSC Admissions Application. Students who do not have an associate degree (or 60 transferable credits for the B.A.S. and B.S.E. degrees) are not eligible to apply and should speak with a Student Success Navigator to determine the appropriate program in which the student may be eligible. Students may call (850) 502-2895 or email studentsuccess@nwfsc.edu to speak with a Student Success Navigator.

Selective Program Admissions

Selective programs are those programs that have limited slots, a competitive selection process, and may require additional Admission Requirements.

The following programs are selective admissions programs:

 

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Many students attend college to upgrade employment skills, meet specific pre-requisite requirements, or for personal interest and enjoyment. Students who attend college but do not wish to pursue a degree or certificate are classified as non-degree seeking. Students interested in taking courses in a non-degree-seeking status must complete the NWFSC Admissions Application. While non-degree-seeking students are not required to provide evidence of prior educational coursework, those seeking enrollment in courses with pre-requisites and/or additional admission requirements or students seeking financial assistance may be required to provide evidence of prior educational coursework. A student will not be permitted to enroll in any college credit English, Humanities, or Mathematics course unless they have provided proof that they have met the State of Florida mandated minimum scores on an approved placement test, provided documentation verifying they have met the pre-requisite, or by proving that they are exempt from placement testing.

Transient Students from Other Institutions

Students who are currently enrolled at another Florida post-secondary institution as a degree-seeking student but wish to take courses at NWFSC that will transfer back to their home institution are considered Transient Students. Transient students within the state of Florida are required to submit an online FloridaShines application. A FloridaShines application showing approval by the home institution is required to be admitted to NWFSC as a Transient Student. A new FloridaShines application will need to be submitted for each semester that the student intends to enroll at NWFSC. At the end of the semester, NWFSC will send a copy of the student’s official transcript back to the student’s home institution on the student’s behalf.

Students who are currently enrolled at a non-Florida post-secondary institution but wish to take courses at NWFSC that will transfer back to their home institution are considered standard Non-Degree Seeking students at NWFSC and should complete the College’s regular online Non-Degree Seeking application. If the student is seeking to enroll in coursework that requires a pre-requisite, the student will need to provide a copy of their transcript (or applicable score report) showing that the pre-requisite has been completed or submit their home institution’s authorization of course selection to the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment prior to initial registration.

 

International Students

International students should begin the Admissions process at least four months prior to the beginning of any college semester. International mail delays, transcript verification, international monetary transfers, consular appointments, travel, housing, and advisement and/or testing requirements must be anticipated many months in advance of enrollment. The desired date for application materials to be received by the College is April 1st for Fall, October 1st for Spring, and February 1st for the Summer semester. International students seeking college credit on the F-1 or M-1 Visa must satisfy all requirements for admission as a regular student and meet the following requirements:

  • Fill out the online International (F1-VISA) application located on the Admissions website.
  • Transcripts: Official transcripts of secondary school records from outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by a third-party agency at the student’s expense. The evaluation agency must be sanctioned by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). A list of NACES agency members can be found at www.naces.org. Official post-secondary transcripts are not required for General College Admissions but must be submitted for students to receive credit for prior post-secondary work completed. Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended may be required for those programs with additional admissions criteria and/or a selective admission process. Official transcripts of post-secondary school records from outside of the U.S. must be evaluated by a third-party agency at the student’s expense. The evaluation agency must be sanctioned by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). A list of NACES agency members can be found at www.naces.org. A course-by-course evaluation is required for all post-secondary record evaluations. Students will need to have the official evaluation sent to Northwest Florida State College, Office of Academic Records and Enrollment, 100 College Blvd. East, Niceville, FL 32578. Though not required, requests for the acceptance of career and technical level transfer work must also be evaluated by a NACES sanctioned evaluation service at the student’s expense. Recommendations from the evaluation service will be considered in determining what courses may transfer, however, the final determination will be made by the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment in consultation with the appropriate academic department representatives, if applicable. Once the original transcript evaluation documents are received and processed by NWFSC, they are considered the property of the College and are only considered as ‘official’ for internal academic and business processes. These documents will not be returned to the student, nor will they be forwarded to another college or agency. Students seeking an exception to this policy may submit a written request to the the Office of Academic Records & Enrollment by emailing registrar@nwfsc.edu.
  • Financial Support: An official statement from the applicant’s (or sponsor’s) bank or other financial institution or government agency verifying the availability of sufficient funds for tuition, matriculation, books, living expenses, etc., must be submitted (Approximately $26,000 for the academic year). An international student must be able to finance all school expenses and transportation. Before obtaining a visa, the U.S. government will require a copy of the financial certification given to NWFSC. Employment is not permitted unless permission to work is given by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). College fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Language Proficiency: Applicants for whom English is not the primary language must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results. The minimum required score is 173 for the computer-based TOEFL cBT and 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL iBT. Students who have evidence of English proficiency in lieu of a passing TOEFL score may submit a  Waive an Admission Requirement Form. NWFSC does not administer the TOEFL test.
  • Health Information: Health insurance with hospitalization coverage and a repatriation clause is required. This insurance should be obtained prior to the international student’s first registration and must be maintained while attending NWFSC.
  • An official notice of acceptance or denial will be sent to applicants. Applicants should not make definite plans to arrive in the U.S. until he or she has been notified of acceptance to the College. Being in the U.S. will not affect the admission decision. Completing the application process does not guarantee acceptance to NWFSC. When all admissions documents, academic credentials, and test results are on file and meet minimum standards for the College, an acceptance letter will be sent along with the U.S. Immigration Form I-20. The Form I-20 is the document required to obtain the Student (F-1 or M-1) Visa. Final approval for a visa is determined by the American Embassy or Consulate representative and not the College. If the student cannot enroll for the semester written in the notice of acceptance and wishes to enroll in a different semester, the NWFSC International Student Success Navigator must be informed immediately.

NWFSC’s student housing project, Raider Village, is under construction with an anticipated opening in Spring 2025, which may present a future housing option for international students. International students must find available housing in the community. There is limited public transportation service in the area; students must provide their own transportation to and from the College. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) regulations require that foreign students enroll in a full-time course of study during two (2) of the yearly terms. USCIS regulations also restrict work opportunities for such students. International students should consult with the International Student Success Navigator and present their student visas and evidence of health insurance prior to registration.

 

Collegiate High School

         

 

The Collegiate High School is an A+ charter school that is part of the Okaloosa County School District. This innovative public school is operated by Northwest Florida State College and is located on the college’s Niceville campus. The Collegiate High School provides a unique educational environment for motivated high school students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. The school’s rigorous program of study enables students to complete a high school diploma and an associate degree simultaneously.

The Collegiate High School is fully accredited by AdvanceED and is free of charge to students. Admission is open to any student eligible to enter grades 9, 10, or 11 and who meet the CHS entrance requirements. The Collegiate High School offers a wide selection of hundreds of college-level courses and students may customize their program of study to meet the criteria for the career path they intend to pursue. Students may earn an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree.  

For more information visit the Collegiate High School website at https://chs.nwfsc.edu/ or call the office at (850) 729-4949.

 

Dual Enrollment for High School Students

Dual Enrollment provides the opportunity for qualified high school students to enroll in NWFSC courses while being simultaneously enrolled in high school. Students receive both high school and college credit for courses completed successfully. The terms and eligibility criteria of Dual Enrollment are defined by Florida Statute (1007.271), college policies and procedures, and articulation agreements between the College and area schools and Districts. Articulation Agreements are established with the Okaloosa County School District, Walton County School District, and Private Schools, along with Districts that border Okaloosa and Walton counties as requested. A Homeschool Articulation Agreement is also established.  All agreements are reviewed annually and are located on the Dual Enrollment website.

Students must meet all eligibility requirements to enroll in the Dual Enrollment program. Student success is impacted by academic readiness and social maturity.  Students who are Dual Enrolled are expected to participate fully in their college classes. Dual students may request an advising appointment with a Student Success Navigator and have full access to services provided by the Zoghby Learning Resource Center, such as tutoring and math lab.  Dual Enrollment students are exempt from tuition, matriculation, and laboratory fees and will be provided the required instructional materials through the Barnes and Noble Bookstore on the Niceville campus. All books should be returned to Barnes and Noble at the end of the semester.  Dual Enrollment students are encouraged to engage in Raider Life activities and experiences that promote student development and engagement.

Prospective students and their parents may seek additional information by phone at (850) 729-5205, via email at dualenrollment@nwfsc.edu  or by visiting the Dual Enrollment website for the most current admission information and procedures.

 

Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes

NWFSC offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the state of Florida. In order to take advantage of this and receive in-state tuition, students must prove Florida Residency by submitting the Florida Residency Declaration and provide all applicable supporting documentation. The Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes policy is based upon state statutes, rules of the two higher education governing boards in Florida, and statewide guidelines developed by college and university administrators in conjunction with the Statewide Residency Committee and the Florida Department of Education.

Students are classified as Florida residents, Border State residents, or Non-Florida residents for the purpose of fee assessment at the time of initial registration. Criteria for determining residency status are detailed in Florida Statutes and the administrative rules of the State Board of Education. A Florida resident for tuition purposes is a person who has (or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has) established and maintained legal residence in Florida for the 12 months immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which enrollment is requested. Residence in Florida must be for the purpose of establishing a permanent home and not merely incident to enrollment at an institution of higher education.

To qualify as a Florida resident for tuition purposes the student must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or certain individuals granted indefinite stay by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. Living in Florida for the express purposes of attending school does NOT constitute legal residence. Students who depend on out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents unless one parent has established legal residence in Florida for more than 12 months. Two (2) documents supporting the establishment of legal residence must be dated or issued 12 months no later than the first day of classes of the term for which Florida residency is sought. Supporting documents for residency classification must be submitted to the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment no later than the first day of classes of the term to be considered as in-state for tuition purposes. If a student’s schedule includes only courses that are part of a non-traditional part-of-term that begins after the start of the regular semester, that student must submit supporting documents for residency classification prior to the first day of the earliest non-traditional part-of-term for which they are enrolled. Students cannot hold out-of-state driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations, etc., and be eligible for Florida residency.

The Office of Academic Records and Enrollment verifies through the student’s submitted documentation whether the student is eligible to be designated as a Florida resident for tuition assessment purposes. Note that while the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment makes every attempt to validate residency documentation, the ultimate responsibility to ensure that residency requirements have been satisfied belongs to the student. If the student fails to prove their Florida residency status (or Border State residency status), the student will be charged tuition at the out-of-state (non-resident) rate.

Providing false residency information is a violation of Florida law and may result in disciplinary action. The College will correct the fees assessed for those students who misrepresent their place of legal residence. An invoice will be issued for the increase in the student’s tuition.

Dependent

Students who are claimed on their parent’s tax return as a dependent for the previous calendar year shall be considered to be dependent. In addition, a student, whether or not living with their parent, who is eligible to be claimed by their parent as a dependent under the federal income tax code shall be classified as dependent. In general, the IRS requires that a “qualifying child” or “dependent” meet six (6) tests:

  • The child must be your son, daughter, or stepchild.
  • The child must be: (a) under age 19 at end of the year; (b) under age 24 at end of the year AND a full-time student; or (c) any age if permanently disabled.
  • The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year subject to IRS exceptions.
  • The child must have NOT provided more than half of his or her own support for the year.
  • The child is NOT filing a joint return for the year (unless that joint return is filed only as a claim for refund).
  • If the child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, you must be the person entitled to claim the child as a qualifying child.

Independent

A student who meets any one of the following criteria shall be classified as an independent student for the determination of residency for tuition purposes. Evidence that the student meets one of these criteria will be requested by the College.

  • 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.
  • The student is married.
  • The student has children who receive more than half of their support from the student.
  • The student has other dependents that live with and receive more than half of their support from the student.
  • The student is a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or is currently serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces for purposes other than training.
  • Both of the student’s parents are deceased or the student is, or was (until age 18), a dependent or ward of the court or in foster care.
  • The student is determined as an unaccompanied homeless by a school district homeless liaison, emergency shelter, or transitional housing program.
  • Documentation is provided showing the student provides more than 50% of their support for the year.

Qualification by Exception

Other persons not meeting the 12-month legal residence requirement may be classified as Florida residents for tuition purposes if they fall within one of the limited special categories authorized by the Florida Legislature [Florida Statute 1009.21(10)]. These exceptions are listed below.

Documentation in support of these exceptions is required:

  • Active duty service members of the U.S. and active drilling members of the Florida National Guard stationed in Florida (spouse and dependent children included).
  • Active duty service members of the U.S. not stationed in Florida but who reside within 50 miles of the military establishment where they are stationed at the time of acceptance to the public higher education institution if such military establishment is within a county contiguous to Florida (spouse and dependent children included).
  • Active duty members of the Canadian military residing or stationed in this state under the North American Air Defense (NORAD) agreement who are attending public higher education institutions within 50 miles of the military establishment where the foreign liaison officer is stationed (spouses and dependent children included).
  • Full-time instructional and administrative personnel employed by the State public school system, college system, or university system (spouse and dependent children included).
  • A dependent child who has lived with an adult relative (who is not a parent or legal guardian) for at least three years.
  • Persons who were enrolled as Florida residents at a state institution of higher learning but who abandon Florida residency for less than one year.
  • Latin American/Caribbean Scholars receiving federal or state funds and attending a Florida institution of higher education full-time.
  • U.S. citizens living on the Isthmus of Panama who has completed 12 consecutive months of college-level coursework at the FSU Panama Canal Branch (spouse and dependent children included).
  • Full-time employees of state agencies or political subdivisions of the State when the student fees are paid by the agency or subdivision for the purpose of job-related law enforcement or corrections training.
  • Qualified beneficiaries under the Florida Pre-Paid Postsecondary Expense Program as provided in Florida Statute 1009.98.
  • A dependent child whose parents are divorced, separated, or otherwise living apart, will be considered a resident for tuition purposes if either parent is a legal resident of Florida, regardless of which parent claims the minor for tax purposes as provided in Florida Statute 1009.21(2)(c).
  • The law (FAC Rule 6A-10.044) allows non-U.S. citizens such as lawful permanent residents, temporary permanent residents, asylees, parolees, and refugees 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 purposes. For a list of non-immigrant categories (visa categories and INS classifications) eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes contact the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment at registrar@nwfsc.edu.

FAC Rule 6A-10.044 allows non-U.S. citizens such as lawful permanent residents, temporary permanent residents, asylees, parolees, and refugees 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 purposes. For a list of non-immigrant categories (visa categories and INS classifications) eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes, contact the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment at registrar@nwfsc.edu.

Re-Classification

Students classified as out-of-state residents for tuition purposes may re-apply for in-state residency at such time as they have completed the requirements for establishing legal Florida residency. Students requesting re-classification should email registrar@nwfsc.edu and request a Florida Residency Reclassification Review. Students seeking re-classification will be required to submit an updated Declaration of Florida Residency form and supporting documentation to the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment. A minimum of three (3) documents that support clear and convincing evidence of Florida legal resident for the previous twelve (12) consecutive months will be required. Supporting documents for reclassification must be submitted to the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment prior to the first day of the semester in order to be considered. If a student’s schedule includes only courses that are part of a non-traditional part-of-term that begins after the start of the regular semester, that student must submit supporting documents for residency reclassification prior to the first day of the earliest non-traditional part-of-term for which they are enrolled.

Students who become eligible for in-state tuition in the middle of a semester shall have their record adjusted to reflect the in-state tuition rate effective the next semester of enrollment. Tuition will not be adjusted for the current semester.

Residency Appeals

In cases where the student expresses a desire to appeal the residency classification, they must submit a Residency Appeal Form to the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment. This form may be obtained by contacting the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment at registrar@nwfsc.edu. Once submitted, the appeal will be referred to the Residency Appeal Committee in accordance with the College’s official appeal process. The Residency Committee will render the final residency determination and the reasons for the determination in writing to the student.

 

Out-of-State Residency Tuition Waivers

The state offers a variety of exemptions and waivers for the out-of-state portion of tuition, found in Florida Statute 1009.26. The most commonly awarded waivers by NWFSC are below. Students must first submit a Residency Declaration for Florida Residents before a tuition waiver can be requested. A waiver will only be awarded once the student demonstrates he or she does not qualify for Florida residency. Students with questions regarding residency waiver eligibility should contact the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment at registrar@nwfsc.edu

Florida High School Graduate

Florida Statue (F.S.) 1009.26, authorizes an out-of-state fee waiver for students who have attended a Florida high school for 3 consecutive years immediately prior to graduating from a Florida high school. These students must have applied to a Florida College System institution or State University System within 24 months after their high school graduation. This waiver can be applied to recent Florida high school graduates regardless of their immigration status to include DACA and undocumented students. Applicants who do not qualify for in-state residency but are eligible for this waiver should submit an official Florida High School transcript and complete the Out-of-State Fee Waiver: Florida High School Graduate Form

VA Eligible Students (for Veterans and their Dependents)

House Bill 7015 created the Congressman C.W. Bill Young Veteran Tuition Waiver Program and amended section (s.) 1009.26, Florida Statutes (F.S.) fee waivers, to authorize an out-of-state fee waiver for honorably discharged Veterans and their dependents of the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Reserve Forces or the National Guard who physically reside in Florida. Veterans students and their dependent(s) are required to submit the Declaration for Florida Residency and the College must officially determine that they are not eligible for in-state tuition before the Veteran and/or dependent(s) can pursue an out-of-state fee waiver. 

NWFSC shall waive the out-of-state tuition for Veteran students and their dependent(s) who meet the following conditions:

  • The Veteran student and/or dependent’s sponsor received an honorable discharge as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, U.S. Reserve Forces or the National Guard.
  • Proof of honorable discharge confirmed on Veteran’s DD214 (member copy 4).
  • Proof of physical residence in the state may include but is not limited to, submission of an annual lease and/or a Florida Driver’s License reflecting the Veteran’s name.

To be eligible for the waiver, students must submit the Out-of-State Fee Waiver: VA Eligible Student Form for consideration. Once approved, this waiver is good for only one academic year.  Once the waiver has expired at the end of the academic year, students are required to submit a new Florida Residency Declaration and the College must officially determine that they are still not eligible for in-state tuition before the Veteran and/or dependent(s) can pursue an out-of-state fee waiver again. If the student is still classified as not eligible for in-state tuition, then they must submit a new Out-of-State Fee Waiver: VA Eligible Student Form for it to be applied to the upcoming academic year.

Active Duty Service Member

House Bill 799 was signed into law July 2016 and amended section (s.) 1009.26, Florida Statutes (F.S.), fee waivers, to authorize an out-of-state fee waiver for a person who is an active-duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States residing or stationed outside of the state of Florida. Active-duty students are required to submit the Declaration for Florida Residency and the College must officially determine that they are not eligible for in-state tuition before the active-duty service member can pursue an out-of-state fee waiver. 

To be eligible for this waiver, students need to submit the Out-of-State Fee Waiver: Active-Duty Service Member Form and provide a copy of their current active-duty orders to the Office of Academic Records and Enrollment. Once approved, this waiver is good for only one academic year.  

Once the waiver has expired at the end of the academic year, active-duty students are required to submit a new Declaration for Florida Residency and the College must officially determine that they are not eligible for in-state tuition before the active-duty service member can pursue a new Out-of-State Fee Waiver: Active-Duty Service Member Form for the upcoming academic year. 

 

Additional Resources

Florida Statutes

  • 1009.21 Determination of Resident Status for Tuition Purposes. This statute outlines the broad legal parameters for establishing residency for tuition purposes in Florida public higher education institutions.

State Board of Education Rules

  • 6A-10.044 Residency for Tuition Purposes. The purpose of this rule is to establish consistent policies for the classification of students as residents for tuition purposes in accordance with criteria set forth in Section 1009.21, F.S.
  • 6A-20.003 Florida Residency as a Requirement for the Receipt of State Student Aid. Students that attend a Florida post-secondary educational institution must show eligibility to receive funds from state student financial assistance programs by following proving Florida residency as outlined in 1009.21, F.S.

Board of Governors Residency Regulation

Florida Residency Guidelines

  • Articulation Coordinating Committee’s Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes. This Residency Guidelines document was adopted by the Articulation Coordinating Committee to assist college and university administrators in implementing Section 1009.21, Florida Statutes; FAC Rules 6A-10.044 and 6A-20.003, and the Board of Governors (BOG) Residency Regulation. The guidelines, as maintained by the Statewide Residency Committee, are used to determine residency status for tuition purposes in public colleges and universities. The Florida Residency Guidelines for Tuition Purposes were first adopted by the Articulation Coordinating Committee on September 6, 2006.

 

Alabama Residency for Tuition Purposes

The Florida Legislature allows the option of providing Alabama residents a different tuition assessment for post-secondary classes. At NWFSC, the Alabama Border State Fee, at a rate of an additional $1.00 per credit hour to the current in-state tuition rate, will be assessed for all eligible Alabama residents.

To be eligible for the Alabama Border State Fee the student must complete the Declaration of Alabama Residency Form and provide verification of a current Alabama driver’s license, Alabama vehicle registration, or Alabama voter’s registration card.

 

Admission of Sexual Offender/Sexual Predator

The presence of students officially designated as Sexual Offenders/Sexual Predators on campus would be disruptive of the orderly process of the College’s programs and/or would interfere with the rights and privileges of other students. In accordance with Section 1001.64(8a), Florida Statutes, the College may consider the past actions of any person applying for admission or enrollment and may deny admission or enrollment to an applicant because of past misconduct if it is determined to be in the best interest of the College.

Accordingly, the College will deny admission/enrollment to students who are officially designated as Sexual Offenders/Sexual Predators. An applicant wishing to contest their denial of admission/enrollment should follow the appeal process outlined below. If an academic term has already begun at the time the College receives a notification of past misconduct that would classify the student as not eligible for admission, the student’s admission will be revoked, the student will be administratively dropped from all courses and refunded for fees paid for the term in progress. The student may also receive credit for required textbooks purchased for classes from which the student is dropped. This decision may be appealed to student success. The following academic programs are eligible for fee waivers for students using Military Tuition Assistance: Programs eligible for Military Fee Waivers. 

To submit an appeal the student must send a letter to the Chief Student Success Officer and address the following:

  • The reason the student believes an appeal should be granted.
  • Documentation of the legal proceedings that led to the student being listed with the State of Florida as a Sexual Offender/Predator including police reports, court proceedings, adjudication, time served, and parole information. If this information is not received with the letter of appeal, the Chief Student Success Officer may attempt to collect it through other means.
  • The names and contact telephone numbers of at least three professional references who can attest to the student’s ability to function without harm to a learning community (which includes persons under the age of 18.) This could include probation officers, therapists, employers, and clergy.
  • The name and contact information for the therapist of the sex therapy group that was required as part of the legal sanction or in which the student/applicant participated.

Once the full documentation is received, the Chief Student Success Officer will review it, conduct telephone interviews with references provided, share all of the information with the College President and talk with the appellant about the situation presented. If there is sufficient reason at this point to believe an appeal may be granted, the Chief Student Success Officer will conduct a face-to-face meeting with the student to determine the risk the student poses to the campus learning environment. The final decision will be made based on the full documentation received and the meeting with the student. The student will receive a letter of the decision from the Chief Student Success Officer. The Chief Student Success Officer will monitor the student’s enrollment each term through their degree completion at NWFSC. Any behavioral issues will result in immediate and permanent expulsion from NWFSC.

 

Applicant Records

Applicant Records (the pre-attendance record) include records relating to an individual’s application for admission to NWFSC prior to their actual attendance as an enrolled student. Although not considered education records (because an applicant is not yet a student), Section 1006.52, Florida Statutes does define Applicant Records and provides that such records are confidential and exempt from Sections 119.07(1), Florida Statutes and 24(a), Art. I, Fla. Constitution.