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TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION

How long does it take to evaluate transcripts?

When a student enrolls in classes, their transcripts are identified for evaluation processing. If the student submitted transcripts but did not enroll in classes, evaluation of the transcript will be delayed until the student enrolls in credit classes.

NOTE: Students must be enrolled in classes and paid in the current term to trigger Official Transcript Evaluation processing.

Schedule an appointment with your advisor if you attended another post secondary instition, submitted the transcript, enrolled in classes, and the evaluation is not processed up to 4 weeks following the start of the term. Enrolled transfer students post secondary transcript(s) are evaluated on a first come, first served basis.

Students that submit official and complete transcripts prior to the start of your their first term of enrollment should check their myBC portal or Broward College student email for a follow up communication from the Evaluation team or their academic advisor.

Students can review unofficial transcript through their myBC portal for evaluated coursework. The transcript log is also accessible to review when Broward College received their final and complete transcripts. Transcript Evaluation processing usually takes up to 4 weeks following the student’s enrollment in classes. The following may cause delays in Official Transcript Evaluation processing:

  • Student declared an AA program objective and already earned an AA or higher degee;
  • Transcripts received are not complete and have courses in progress
  • The post-secondary institution and/or course(s) require research

Students should speak with their Academic Advisor about transferability of courses.


FERPA

What are education records?

​An education record is any record, in any form or medium that is directly related to a student by way of personally identifiable information and is maintained by Broward College or an agent acting on behalf of Broward College. 

What is directory information?

FERPA requires institutions to define what it considers to be directory information and permits release of that information to third parties without consent from the student. Broward College defines directory information as the following:

  • Student's Name,
  • Major academic program(s), dates of enrollment and current enrollment status, degrees and awards, standing and degree level,
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports.

Students who do not want their directory/public information released to third parties must send an email to FERPA@broward.edu from their Broward College email account.

May parents access their son's/daughter's education records without written consent?

Students may give their parent(s) or guardian(s) permission to access their records by providing a signed and dated FERPA release Form to any campus Admission or the College Registrar’s Office at Broward College. 

A parent or guardian may request access to his/her student's records and grades without student consent if he or she claims the student as a dependent according to the IRS tax code. Documentary evidence is required.

As a parent, how can I find out about my student's grades and/or academic probation status?

​Information about grades and academic standing is accessible directly to students through their myBC portal. Most parents find out this information by asking their students. Doing so fosters trust and a sense of mutual respect and responsibility.


Florida Residency

Do I need to provide proof of Florida Residency?

Students seeking Florida residency for tuition purposes are required to submit documentation to prove their residency.

What is a “Resident for Tuition Purposes”?

Under Florida law, being a legal Florida resident does not automatically qualify you for in-state tuition.

A "Florida resident for tuition purposes" is a person who has, or a dependent person whose parent, guardian, or spouse has established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least twelve consecutive months prior to the first day of the term. A parent is either one of the parents of the student, any guardian of the student, or any person in a parental relationship to the student.


Which Residency Affidavit should I submit?

​All claimants for Florida residency for tuition purposes must submit a residency affidavit. New and readmission applicants should complete the Residency Affidavit at the time of application for admission/readmission.


DACA

What is DACA?

​The Deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) program was introduced in 2012 by President Barack Obama as a stopgap measure that would shield from deportation, people who were brought into the United States as children. DACA does not confer legal status upon an individual and may be terminated at any time.


Who are Dreamers?

​DACA recipients are often referred to as Dreamers, after a similar piece of legislation called the Dream Act, which was introduced in 2001 and would have given its beneficiaries a path to American citizenship. They now fall between the ages of 16 and 35.

Can DACA students work?

​Participation in the DACA program comes with a range of benefits. Along with permission to remain in the country. Recipients can also get work permits.

Can DACA students pay instate fees?

​The DACA program opened up access to in-state tuition and state-funded grants and loans in some states. Florida provides that access through House Bill 851(explained in the next section), for qualified students. 


House Bill 851

What is an Out of State Tuition Waiver (H.B. 851)?

​H.B. 851, passed during the 2014 legislative session, is a law that, in part, gives students who attended a Florida secondary school for three consecutive years before graduation—regardless of immigration status—the opportunity to pursue higher education at in-state tuition rates, should they apply for admission within 24 months after graduation. Previously, certain Florida students were required to pay out-of-state rates to attend Florida’s colleges and universities due to their immigration status.

Who is affected by the Out of State Tuition Waiver (H.B. 851)?

​Primarily Florida students who are immigrants, including undocumented immigrants. 

As an immigrant, do I have to use the new process to qualify for in-state tuition rates?

Not necessarily. Many immigrants already qualify for in-state rates if they reside in Florida. Eligible immigrant visas are outlined in the Florida Residency Guidelines. 

What is the difference between in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition?

​In-state tuition is the rate charged to students who reside in Florida. Out-of-state tuition, which is as much as two or three times higher, is the rate charged to students who reside in other states. 

What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for in-state tuition rates under H.B. 851?
A student must: 
(a) have attended a secondary school in Florida for three consecutive years immediately before graduating from a Florida high school; 
(b) apply for enrollment in an institution of higher education within 24 months after high school graduation; and 
(c) submit an official Florida high school transcript as evidence of attendance and graduation.


How soon can I start taking advantage of H.B. 851?

​H.B. 851 goes into effect on July 1, 2014. 

What Florida schools can I attend?
H.B. 851 applies to all public higher education institutions in Florida, including state colleges and universities. These schools are run by two different state agencies: The Florida Department of Education runs the 28 state and community colleges through the Florida College System, while the Florida Board of Governors runs the 12 state universities. H.B. 851 applies to schools run by both agencies, though each agency will have separate regulations explaining how it is to be implemented.

* H.B. 851 also addresses other tuition-related issues which are discussed in the Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes FAQ, including in-state tuition eligibility for veterans, U.S. citizen residents with undocumented parents, and nonresidents who marry Florida residents. 


If I graduated from high school more than 24 months ago, am I eligible to be granted in-state tuition rates?

​If you applied for enrollment in a college or university within 24 months of your graduation, you may qualify. You should contact your individual school’s admissions office as soon as possible to apply and/or inquire further. 

What is a secondary school for purposes of H.B. 851? Will other types of schooling, such as Florida Virtual School, homeschooling, or G.E.D. programs qualify?

​H.B. 851 does not define secondary school, but Florida Statute 1003.413 defines secondary schools as “schools that primarily serve students in grades 6 through 12.” The law requires that a student attend school for three consecutive years and provide an official high school transcript. Florida Virtual School or a homeschool program, which are both recognized by the state and regulated by the Department of Education, may qualify. Students in these situations should contact their individual school’s admissions office for more information. 

I am currently attending college and paying out-of-state tuition rates. Am I eligible to be reclassified and pay in-state tuition rates?

You are still eligible for in-state tuition rates, but you will not be reclassified. H.B. 851 treats qualifying students as non-resident students but allows them to be eligible for an out-of-state fee waiver, making them eligible for the in-state rate. Contact the admissions office to obtain information on the waiver.​

What is an out-of-state fee waiver?

​It is a waiver given to nonresident students that reduces the out-of-state tuition rate to in-state rates.

Are there any restrictions that might limit the number of out-of-state fee waivers available to students that qualify under H.B. 851?

Are there any restrictions that might limit the number of out-of-state fee There are a few restrictions. Under the Florida Board of Governors’ regulations, the number of nonresident students cannot exceed 10% of the system-wide student body.  H.B. 851 requires that veterans who are eligible for out-of-state fee waivers receive preference. Nonresident veterans will also be considered part of the 10% limit and will be prioritized over other students who qualify under H.B. 851.

Once I’ve established eligibility for H.B. 851, do I have to reestablish eligibility every year?

​Colleges and universities may request proof on a yearly basis. Until further guidance is issued, students should maintain documentation of their eligibility until they finish their post-secondary program.

Does eligibility for in-state tuition rates make me eligible for state financial aid such as the Bright Futures scholarship program?

​No, eligibility under H.B. 851 does not make you eligible for state financial support. You may be eligible for private scholarships, however.

Is there an appeal or grievance process if the school denies me in-state tuition rates?

​No procedures have been established regarding appeals or grievances.


Homeless Student

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.”​

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 an admission officer, or an advisor in the Seahawk Outreach Services department, on the campus you plan to attend.​

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. Visit the financial aid office for information about other options to help pay for college. ​

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