Frequently Asked Questions

General Information



1. I have recently moved to Florida. Can you tell me which college is located closest to my new address?

Visit our listing of the colleges. 

2. What programs are offered at the colleges?

Visit our list of academic programs by college. Other valuable information can be found on the Florida Shines website (formerly known as Florida Virtual Campus).

3. Am I eligible for in-state tuition? How can I establish residency for tuition purposes?

Registrar offices at the colleges can answer specific questions about residency for tuition purposes. For more detailed information, please refer to the following links:

4. Where can I find information about state financial aid programs?

You should visit your college’s financial aid office and speak with a financial aid officer. For additional information, visit the Office for Student Financial Assistance

5. How can I get a copy of my transcript?

Contact the registrar's office at the college you attended. You can visit our directory of colleges to find contact information. Typically, a request for official transcripts must be made in writing. There may also be a fee associated with the request. 

6. What services and accommodations are available for me as a student with a disability?

Services and accommodations are provided to students based on individual need and ability. Reasonable substitutions may be provided on admission to the college, into a program of study, for entry into the upper division and for graduation, as specified in Sections 1007.264 and 1007.265, Florida Statutes. Typical accommodations include extended time on exams, note takers, preferred classroom seating, alternate locations for exams, and use of adaptive technology. Accommodations will vary by college.

7. If I graduate from a Florida college with an Associate in Arts (AA) degree, will I be automatically admitted to the state university of my choice?

Florida has a statewide articulation agreement which guarantees that a college Associate in Arts (AA) degree graduate must be admitted into a state university upon graduation provided that the student has met all requirements for the AA degree and maintained a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. However, this does not mean that every AA graduate will be admitted at the state university of his/her choice or into the upper division program of his/her choice. Application for admission to state universities (particularly into specific degree programs) can be a highly competitive process, so student performance in the AA program may be taken into consideration. 

8. If I begin my college career at a Florida college, will I be able to transfer to a university before earning an AA degree?

It is possible to transfer from a Florida college to a 4-year university prior to earning an AA degree, but the criteria for admissions for those students wishing to transfer before earning the AA degree is similar to that of students applying directly out of high school (i.e. more competitive). In addition, early transfer may result in students having to take additional courses to receive an AA degree. In order to ease the transition from a college to a university, it is recommended that students complete the AA degree at a college prior to transferring to a university. 

9. I have noticed that many Florida colleges have changed their name. Does this mean that the institutions still have an open door admissions policy?

Yes, all 28 colleges in the system have an open door admissions policy. Some colleges have dropped “community” from their name, while others have added “state”; however, all of the colleges remain open door institutions. 


DCF Fee Exemptions


1. What is the Department of Children and Families (DCF) fee exemption?

According to Florida law, some students who were in DCF custody, adopted, in a relative’s custody or placed in court guardianship may be exempted from paying tuition and fees at Florida College System institutions.

2. I want to attend a Florida College System institution. How do I know if I am eligible for this exemption?

You could be eligible for the fee exemption if you meet one of the following criteria:
  • You were in the custody of DCF when you turned 18.
  • You were adopted from DCF after May 5, 1997.
  • You were in the custody of a relative when you reached the age of 18.
  • You were placed in a guardianship by the court after reaching age 16 and spent at least 6 months in the custody of DCF.

3. I am currently living on my own and am over 18 years old. Am I still eligible for this exemption?

If you meet any of the criteria listed above you may be eligible to receive the DCF fee exemption until you reach 28 years of age.

4. What paperwork is needed to determine if I’m eligible?

You can obtain required paperwork from DCF or an approved Community Based Care Lead Agency representative. Please contact DCF for additional information

5. What does the exemption cover?

This exemption covers tuition and fees only. This means that you will be required to pay other costs associated with college, such as textbooks, housing and food. Be sure to talk with the financial aid office and admissions office about additional fees.

6. What are other options to help pay for college?

There are many ways of keeping college affordable. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. The FAFSA is used by the college to determine eligibility for federal and state aid. The exemption does not cover the cost of books, housing or food. FAFSA can help you determine other sources of aid to help with costs not covered by the exemption. View federal and state financial aid programs.


Homeless Fee Exemption



1. What is the Homeless Fee Exemption?

According to Florida law, a student who is homeless may be exempted from paying tuition and fees at a Florida College System institution. For the purpose of the fee exemption, Florida law defines homelessness as, “A student who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence or whose primary nighttime residence is a public or private shelter designed to provide temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized, or a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.”

2. How can I find out if I am eligible for the exemption?

If you think you may be eligible for the homeless exemption, you should speak with someone in the admissions and financial aid offices of the college you seek to attend.

3. What paperwork is needed to determine if I’m eligible?

To qualify, students may need documentation from a homeless shelter, school district homeless liaison, transitional living program, runaway shelter or other documentation requested by the college. Each college has its own process, so you need to ask the college you’re interested in attending about what is required.

4. What does the exemption cover?

This exemption covers tuition and fees only. This means that you will be required to pay other costs associated with college, such as textbooks, housing and food. Be sure to talk with the financial aid office and admissions office about additional fees.

5. What are other options to help pay for college?

There are many ways of keeping college affordable. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible. The FAFSA is used by the college to determine eligibility for federal and state aid. The exemption does not cover the cost of books, housing or food. FAFSA can help you determine other sources of aid to help with costs not covered by the exemption. View federal and state financial aid programs.


Student Housing



1. Do Florida College System institutions offer student housing?

Generally, Florida College System institutions are not allowed to provide student housing. However, several of the individual college foundations offer housing opportunities which can be viewed here:

2. I do not plan to attend any of the institutions listed above, but am curious about student housing or options for living that are close to campus. What should I do?

Contact the admissions or enrollment office at the campus you plan to attend. They can provide resources and recommendations for living near campus.

3. I have a Florida Prepaid plan. How do I find out if there is housing that will accept my prepaid plan near the institution I plan to attend?

Visit the Florida Prepaid website to find information on the dormitory plan.


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