In keeping with its mission to provide equal access to its educational programs, Eastern Florida State College maintains an open-door admission policy. The College is dedicated to providing a nondiscriminatory environment which promotes equal access, equal educational opportunity, and equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, color, genetics, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender preference, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, ancestry, or political affiliation. In addition, EFSC conforms to the regulations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) for maintaining and protecting student records.
EFSC has determined that the presence on campus of students officially designated as sexual predators/sexual offenders will be disruptive to the orderly process of the College's programs and/or would interfere with the rights and privileges of other students. In accordance with F.S. 1001.64 (8)(a), the College may consider the past actions of any person applying for admission or enrollment and may deny admission or enrollment to an applicant.
Students seeking admission to EFSC will be required to self-disclose on the EFSC admissions application if they have been convicted as a sexual predator/offender. Accordingly, the College denies admission to applicants who are officially designated as sexual predators/sexual offenders. No refund of the admissions application fee will be granted.
Priority Admissions Application
It is recommended that students submit applications for admission to EFSC by the Priority Application Deadline published on our website. Applications submitted after the deadlines will be accepted and will be processed after all applications submitted by the deadlines are complete. Late applicants should be aware that class registration is contingent on completion of admissions requirements, class selection may be limited, a late registration fee may be assessed, and Financial Aid may not be processed by the tuition fee due date.
Standard high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school or equivalent
The following are considered equivalent:
- High school equivalency diploma issued by a state Department of Education
- Graduation from a Florida home education program in compliance with F.S. 1003.4282 and F.S. 1003.26 or graduation from a non-Florida home education program in compliance with that state’s home education statute.
- Demonstrated competency in college credit postsecondary coursework, in accordance with F.S.1007.263
- International secondary school transcript. Official documentation of high school graduation equivalent to a U.S. standard high school diploma. All documents in a language other than English must be submitted with certified English translations.
Florida Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (P.E.R.T.)– Eligible Certificate of Completion (W8A): Florida public high school students who have completed all requirements for the standard high school diploma except for passing the state approved graduation test. Students who receive this certificate of completion are eligible to take a common placement test and be admitted to developmental education or credit courses. These students are not eligible to apply for limited access programs that require standard high school graduation, or to be eligible athletes.
Note: The College will evaluate the validity of a student's high school diploma. This is in compliance with the United States Department of Education regulation addressing the validity of high school diplomas for students seeking federal financial aid under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (HEA) 34 CFR 668.16(p).
As such, diplomas issued by correspondence or nontraditional high schools will not usually be accepted unless the school is accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). These schools will be considered on an individual basis. Acceptance will be based upon submission of sufficient documentation by the school to indicate that the school meets the minimum standards outlined by the Florida Department of Education and F.S. 1002.42
Contact the Admissions and Records Office for more information.
Non-standard and non-high school graduates and students who do not fall into one of the categories previously listed, including students who receive a regular Certificate of Completion or a Special Diploma, may not take college credit or college developmental courses. These students may register for a career and techinical certificate that does not require a standard high school diploma for admission and are not eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Programs and Admission Requirements section in this catalog.
Admission to Limited Access Programs
Students pursuing a degree in a limited access program should check the requirements specific to the program. In addition to completing the Application for Admission to the College, students must complete a separate application to the program and pay appropriate fees. Students will not be placed under the limited access degree until they are accepted into the program.
5 Steps to Completing Admission Requirements
- Complete an online Application for Admission and pay the EFSC application fee.
- Have your official transcripts from high school and all regionally accredited postsecondary institutions sent to EFSC.
- Submit placement test scores.
- Complete the Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes Declaration and submit with supporting documentation.
- Complete the online student orientation.
Note: All documentation, including high school and college transcripts from other institutions, submitted in support of the Application for Admissions becomes the property of Eastern Florida State College.
Step 1: Complete an EFSC Application for Admission
Apply online using the EFSC Online Admissions Application.
Every student must:
- Complete an Application for Admission
- Submit an application fee. Readmit and dual enrollment applicants will have the fee waived.
Student ID Numbers
Social Security Numbers are not used as student identification numbers. All students are issued a randomly generated nine-digit identification number upon admission to the College. This number must be used to access all online records and to register for classes online. ID numbers will not be released via email or phone. To obtain your student ID number, go to the EFSC website and click on EFSC Logins icon or, you may go to any campus Student Services office and provide photo ID, or you may download an mail the form Request Release of Student ID Number (FERPA: Request Release of ID Number) from the EFSC website with a legible copy of your driver license.
The official means of communication for college business is your Student Email account. This includes communication from instructors regarding class work, and communications with all College offices and departments, including Accounting, Financial Aid, Graduation and Records. Students can access their email through myEFSC.
Collection of Social Security Numbers
EFSC takes fraud and abuse seriously. It is critical that you report your social security number accurately. Students providing false or inaccurate identification, including social security numbers, will be prohibited from conducting business with the College until their identity can be verified. Any information changes, such as a name change, must be reported to the U.S. Social Security Administration and the College in a timely manner.
F.S. 119.071(5), and Sections 483 and 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 authorize the collection, usage, and release of your social security number by EFSC.
EFSC collects, uses, and releases your social security number only if specifically authorized by law to do so, or it is imperative for the performance of its duties and responsibilities as prescribed by law. To protect your identity, the College secures your social security number from unauthorized access, strictly prohibits the release of your social security number to unauthorized parties contrary to state and federal law, and assigns you a unique student/employee identification number. This unique identification number will then be used for all associated employment and educational purposes at EFSC. Specifically, EFSC collects, uses, or releases your social security number for the following purposes:
- Section 6050S of the Internal Revenue Code requires that all eligible educational institutions report the name, address, and TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) of any individual who is enrolled by the institution for coursework leading toward a postsecondary degree, certificate, or other recognized postsecondary educational credential. This IRS requirement makes it necessary for colleges to collect the social security number of every student. A student may refuse to disclose his or her social security number to EFSC, but the IRS is then authorized to fine the student.
- In addition to the federal reporting requirements, the public school system in Florida uses social security numbers as a student identifier per F.S. 229.559 and F.S. 1008.386. In a seamless K-20 system, it is beneficial for postsecondary institutions to have access to the same information for purposes of tracking and assisting students in the smooth transition from one education level to the next. All social security numbers are protected by federal regulations, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). View the complete notification of SSN collection, usage, and release on the College website.
Step 2: Submit your Transcript(s)
The college will accept proof of standard high school diploma to allow students to register for their initial term. Students must submit their final, official high school transcript and transcripts from all regionally accredited postsecondary institutions attended, before registering for any subsequent term. Financial aid will not be awarded until all official transcripts are received and evaluated by EFSC.
Official transcripts from non-regionally accredited institutions, while not required, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for transfer of credits.
A transcript is considered official if it comes from the institution either electronically or in its original sealed envelope.
All transcripts submitted to Eastern Florida State College for admission or credit transfer become the property of the College and cannot be returned to the student or forwarded to other institutions.
Documentation of High School Graduation
All students must provide their final, official high school transcript with graduation date. High school transcripts must be provided for all programs that require a standard high school diploma and for all students requesting financial aid.
- Students who graduate from a home education program must submit a notarized “Home Education Affidavit” signed by the parent.
- A high school equivalency diploma or GED recipient must provide an official transcript.
- Transcripts from U.S. territories must be in English or Spanish. An authorized translation must accompany a transcript that is not in English or Spanish.
International (Non-U.S.) High School Transcripts
Students who graduated from an international secondary school (high school) must submit official documentation of high school graduation equivalent to a U.S. standard high school diploma. All documents in a language other than English must be submitted with certified translations.
Documentation of Previous Colleges
Degree seeking students must provide final, official transcripts from all regionally accredited postsecondary institutions attended. A transcript will not be considered final if there is in-progress coursework.
- College transcripts must have been issued within one year of submission to the College
- Students who apply and do not enroll within five years of their admission term must update their records. This may include submission of new college transcripts and other admissions requirements.
- Students who hold an A.A., A.S., or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution will be waived the high school transcript requirement upon receipt of the official college transcript from the degree-granting institution.
- All regionally accredited postsecondary institution transcripts are required for college credit programs.
- Official transcripts from non-regionally accredited institutions, while not required, may be submitted for evaluation. Transfer credit will be awarded on a case-by-case basis.
- Students who are unable to obtain a transcript because the school has closed should contact the state's Department of Education to request a letter verifying that the school has closed and transcripts are unavailable.
International (Non-U.S.) College Transcripts
Students are not required to submit international college transcripts. To have the transcript considered for transfer or placement purposes, students must submit an original course-by-course evaluation completed by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or other College-approved organization. Recommendations made by the evaluation agency will be considered but are not guaranteed. Coursework may be accepted provided the courses are offered and are applicable to the student's program at EFSC. General education courses are normally not accepted.
Step 3: Submit Placement Test Scores
Students must submit official placement test scores (ACT/SAT/PERT/Next Generation) less than two years old from term of enrollment or be eligible for a common placement testing and developmental education exemption in accordance with F.S.1008.30. If a student has completed college level English and math courses from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with a grade of “C” or higher this will fulfill the placement test requirement.
Step 4: Residency for Tuition Purposes
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 residency in Florida for at least twelve (12) consecutive months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which Florida residency is sought. Statute allows a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident, and eligible aliens as defined in Florida Residency Guidelines Appendix C to be classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. Final residency determination is based on Florida state guidelines.
A student's residency classification is determined at the time of admission to EFSC, in accordance with F.S. 1009.21. A minimum of two pieces of acceptable documentation must be submitted with a completed Florida Residency Declaration for Tuition Purposes. The declaration and all documentary evidence must be submitted by the last day to drop classes and have fees adjusted for the term in which the student is seeking in-state tuition.
The Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes document can be found on the web at FloridaShines.
Students may petition to reclassify their status after having their legal domicile in the state of Florida for 12 months. The student must submit the Florida Residency Declaration for Tuition Purpose form along with current documentation that supports permanent legal residency in this state for 12 consecutive months.
A student may become eligible for reclassification by presenting a minimum of three clear and convincing documents as evidence, one of which must be from Section A /First Tier Documents, to the Campus Admissions and Records Office by the Last Day to Drop and have fees adjusted for the term in which reclassification is requested. For documentation to be “clear and convincing” it must be credible, trustworthy, and sufficient to persuade the College that the student or, if that student is a dependent, his or her parent, or legal guardian, has established legal residency in Florida that is not solely for the purpose of pursuing an education and has relinquished residency in any other state for a minimum of 12 consecutive months prior to classification. The Collegewide Residency Committee will render the final decision.
Physical Presence vs. Legal Residence
It is important to understand that living or attending school in Florida is not tantamount to establishing a legal residence for tuition purposes. Maintaining a legal residence in Florida requires substantial physical presence as a condition. Eligibility depends on the extent to which the Florida resident maintains Florida legal ties and does not retain or establish ties with another state.
Qualifications by Exception
Students may be eligible for a waiver of out-of-state tuition if they qualify for one of the following exceptions. Documentation appropriate to the particular exception will be required. Other exceptions exist; these are the most common.
- A qualified beneficiary under the terms of the Florida PrePaid College Program (Required: Copy of Florida Prepaid Recipient card.)
- Married to a person who has maintained legal residence in Florida for at least the past 12 consecutive months. Student has established legal residence and intends to make Florida his/her permanent home. (Required: copy of marriage certificate and/or other documents required to establish residency.)
- Previously enrolled at a Florida state postsecondary institution and classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. Student transferred to Eastern Florida State College within 12 months of the previous enrollment. (Required: Evidence of previous enrollment as a Florida resident)
- Previously enrolled at a Florida state postsecondary institution and classified as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. Student abandoned their Florida domicile less than 12 months ago and is now re-establishing Florida legal residence.
- Active duty members of the Armed Services of the United States residing in this state and their spouses and dependent children, and active drilling members of the Florida National Guard. (Required: Copy of military orders indicating Florida assignment or DD2058 and most recent LES showing home of record.)
- Full-time instructional and administrative personnel employed by the state public schools and institutions of higher education and their spouses and dependent children.
(Required: Employment Verification)
- Students from Latin America and the Caribbean who receive scholarships from the federal or state government. Any student classified pursuant to this paragraph shall attend, on a full-time basis, a Florida institution of higher education.
(Required: proof of scholarship and Latin America or Caribbean residency.)
- Full-time employees of state agencies or political subdivisions of the state when the student fees are paid by the state agency or political subdivision for the purpose of job-related law enforcement or corrections training. (Required: Employment verification/payment agreement.)
Determination of Independent or Dependent Status
Independent or dependent status determines whether the student must submit his/her own documentation of residency (as an independent) or his/her parent's or legal guardian's documentation of residency (as a dependent).
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:
- 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 who live with and receive more than half of their support from the student.
- The student is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces or is currently serving on active duty in the United States Armed Forces or National Guard or Reserves for purposes other than training.
- At any time since the student turned age 13, where both of the student's parents are deceased, or the student is or was (until age 18) a ward/dependent of the court or in foster care.
- The student can provide documentation that he/she provides at least 50% of his/her own support for the cost of attendance as defined by the EFSC Financial Aid Office.
- The student is determined an unaccompanied homeless youth by the school district homeless liaison, or by a staff member of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.
All other students who do not meet the above definition of an independent student shall be classified as dependent students for the determination of residency for tuition purposes.
If an applicant qualifies for a statutory residency exception or qualification, then appropriate documentation must be submitted to evidence entitlement to that exception or qualification. Such evidence is generally specific to the type of residency exception or qualification being claimed by the applicant.
If an applicant does not qualify for a statutory residency exception or qualification they will have to submit documentation that they (or a parent or legal guardian, if a dependent) have been a Florida resident for at least 12 months prior to the first day of classes of the term in which the student is enrolling. At least two of the following documents must be submitted, with dates that evidence the 12-month qualifying period. At least one of the documents must be from Section A/ First Tier. As some evidence is more persuasive than others, more than two may be requested. No single piece of documentation will be considered conclusive. Additionally, there must be an absence of information that contradicts the applicant's claim of residency.
Section A/First Tier Documents
(At least one of the two documents submitted must be from this list)
- Florida driver license or Florida identification card. An ID card can be used only if there is no evidence of ties to another state; i.e., the claimant cannot possess a valid driver license from another state.
- Florida vehicle registration
- Florida voter registration card
- Proof of permanent home in Florida occupied as primary residence for 12 consecutive months prior to the student’s enrollment. (Required: document such as a deed or other evidence of title to property used as primary residence, a homeowner’s policy, a title insurance policy, evidence of a property tax payment on the primary residence, multiple leases reflecting a Florida address, or a lease of multiple years’ duration.)
- Proof of a homestead exemption in Florida. (Required: document from the county tax collector demonstrating the application of a homestead exemption to the claimant’s primary residence.)
- Official transcripts from a Florida high school for multiple years (2 or more years), if the Florida high school diploma or GED® was earned within the last 12 months.
- Proof of permanent full-time employment in Florida for at least 30 hours per week for a 12-month period. (Required: paystubs or W-2 form for past 12 consecutive months and verification from employers, and/or an IRS 1099 with verification of employment for the past 12 consecutive months from an employer.)
Section B/Second Tier Documents
(May be used in conjunction with one document from Section A/First Tier)
- Declaration of domicile in Florida in accordance with F.S. 222.17.
- Florida professional or occupational license.
- Florida incorporation.
- Document evidencing family ties in Florida.
- Proof of membership in Florida-based charitable or
- professional organization.
- Any other documentation that supports your request for resident status, including, but not limited to, utility bills and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; a lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments; or an official state, federal, or court document evidencing legal ties to Florida.
Examples of Unacceptable Residency Documents
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security
- Insurance Card
- Bank Statements
- Hunting/Fishing Licenses
- Shopping/Rental Club Card
- Library Card
- Florida Concealed Weapons Permit
Step 5: Complete an Online Student Orientation
Orientation is required for all students who have not earned an A.A., A.S., or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution. Transient students are not required to complete orientation. EFSC bachelor degree students are required to complete the online orientation. The orientation will provide the important information needed to be successful in college.
- Students must have an application submitted before completing the online orientation. To obtain credit for orientation, an active student status is required.
- Students must complete the entire orientation to receive credit.
- To complete the online orientation go log in to your myEFSC portal.
Final Acceptance to the College
A student may receive conditional acceptance. Final acceptance is contingent upon receipt of all required documents including: a final, official high school transcript, transcripts from all regionally accredited postsecondary institutions, testing, and any other requirements specific to a program.