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DCF Fee Exemptions

1. What is the Department of Children and Families (DCF) fee exemption?
2. I want to attend a Florida College System institution. How do I know if I am eligible for this exemption?
3. I am currently living on my own and am over 18 years old. Am I still eligible for this exemption?
4. What paperwork is needed to determine if Iím eligible?
5. What does the exemption cover?
6. What are other options to help pay for college?

General Information

1. I have recently moved to Florida. Can you tell me which college is located closest to my new address?
2. What programs are offered at the colleges?
3. Am I eligible for in-state tuition? How can I establish residency for tuition purposes?
4. Where can I find information about state financial aid programs?
5. How can I get a copy of my transcript?
6. What services and accommodations are available for me as a student with a disability?
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?

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?

Homeless Fee Exemption

1. What is the Homeless Fee Exemption?
2. How can I find out if I am eligible for the exemption?
3. What paperwork is needed to determine if Iím eligible?
4. What does the exemption cover?
5. What are other options to help pay for college?

Military Service & Residency

1. What do I need to know about Florida residency for tuition purposes?
2. How does my status as an active duty member of the military affect my residency status?
3. I am currently assigned to a military base in Florida but I have not lived here for 12 months. Am I still eligible to be considered a resident for tuition purposes?
4. I am currently assigned to a military base in Florida, but I am living across the border in a different state. Am I eligible for residency status for tuition purposes?
5. I am a resident of Florida but I have been assigned to duty in a different state/country. Am I eligible to be considered a Florida resident for tuition purposes?
6. Are my family members eligible for residency status as well?
7. I am a veteran of the armed services. Does this mean that I am eligible to be considered a resident for tuition purposes?

Purple Heart Waivers

1. What is the Purple Heart Waiver?
2. What medals are ďsuperior in precedence?Ē
3. What does the waiver cover?
4. What sorts of costs are NOT covered by this waiver?
5. Do I need to be a full-time student to receive the waiver?
6. Am I eligible for the waiver if Iím a non-degree seeking student?
7. What paperwork do I need?
8. Are active duty military personnel eligible for this waiver?
9. Are there other financial aid opportunities available to veterans?

Student Housing

1. What colleges offer student housing?
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?
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?