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FAQs - Information for Parents

How can I find out if my student is attending class?
We suggest having a conversation with your student. Broward College is bound by privacy laws not to discuss grades or attendance with anyone but the student. Learn more about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).​​
How many credits should my student take each semester?
A full-time student is one who enrolls in 12 credit hours a semester; however, a standard college load consists of 15 credits. For more information on academic planning, your son or daughter should contact an advisor. ​​​​
Can my student work and be successful?
Many students must maintain jobs to continue their education. Full-time status requires at least 12 billable hours. Each credit taken usually requires two hours of work outside of class in order to achieve good grades. Therefore, a student taking 15 credits is already committed to 45 hours (15 hours in class and 30 hours outside of class) of academic work per week. Studies show that working more than 20 hours per week significantly impacts grades. On-campus work study is another option.
How can my student become involved in college life?
Broward College offers students many opportunities for participation in clubs and activities, in addition to service on committees and boards. Learn more by visiting the Student Life section.
Does Broward College offer sports?
Broward College participates in intercollegiate Men's Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men's Baseball, Women's Softball, Women's Volleyball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Women's Tennis. The college is a member of the Southern Conference, Florida Community College Athletic Association, and National Junior College Athletic Association. To find out more about the sports programs please visit the Seahawks Athletics page.
 
Broward College also has several co-ed intramural sports options, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, golf and rock climbing. For more information, visit the Student Life section.
How does my student get an identification card?
Students can go to any Student Life office and request an ID card. All Broward College students are required to carry a BC ID Card. The ID card is used to gain access to many Broward College facilities and services, and can store cash for use in the BC Pay-for-Print system.
 
A Broward College Student ID card gives your student access to intramural sports, free workout facilities, student activity centers, the Learning Resource Center and more.
What if my student needs help with study skills?
Broward College offers fully equipped Learning Resource Centers on every major Campus as well as the Willis Holcombe Downtown and Pines Center. Libraries are available on site at most locations. Tutoring is available in a wide array of subjects ranging from Math to English to Reading to Science and beyond. Online tutors are also available 24/7 through BC’s partnership with Smartthinking.com.
Is parking free?
Parking is included in tuition. All vehicles must have a Broward College parking decal. You may obtain a parking decal through Campus Safety. With the decal, students may park freely in any non-faculty spot.
What kind of career help is available?
Broward College’s Career Centers provide career, occupational and transfer information for students, alumni and members of the community. Several computerized career/personality inventories are available, and individualized career counseling is provided. An extensive resource library enables students to find current information about job trends, minimum professional qualifications and related facts about specific careers. Staff can also encourage students to participate in Service Learning or assist students to find a full/part-time position. Students can also check with Broward College's primary online employment resource, Employ Florida. Employ Florida links all of Florida's employment services and is free for students and employers to use.
What kind of services are offered to students with disabilities?
As an Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Institution, Broward College assures students with disabilities equal access to all college programs, activities and services. Disclosure of a disability is voluntary. However, if your student has a disability, we recommend that they register with Disability Services in the event that they may need accommodations.

Some of the services available are:
  • Scribes
  •  Readers
  • Note-taking
  • Specialized testing
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Use of assistive hardware and software
In addition, other specialized equipment is available to assist students with disabilities in pursuing their academic objectives.
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