Department of Children and Families (DCF) Tuition Exemption

Broward College offers liaisons that support students who have been in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCF).  These liaisons are a dedicated team that can answer questions and offer support while students are attending Broward College.  To reach to a liaison and start receiving support please contact the office of Seahawk Outreach Services (SOS): | 954-201-4SOS (4767) |

Tuition and Fee Exemptions are available to students receiving or formerly receiving service from the Department of Children Families services if they meet the following criteria:

  • They are or were at the time of reaching 18 years of age, in out-of-home care.
  • They were adopted from the Department of Children and Families after May 5, 1997.
  • They are, or were at the time of reaching 18 years of age, placed in the custody of a relative or non‑relative under s. 39.5085, s. 39.6221, or s. 39.6225, F.S.
  • They are reunified with their parents after spending at least 18 months in out-of-home care after reaching 14 years of age, including a reunification pursuant to s. 39.8155, F.S.

Effective July 1, 2010, this exemption remains valid until the young person reaches the age 28

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Apply to Broward College

As a DCF Waiver eligible student, your tuition is exempt, and you may be eligible for additional financial resources as a Florida Resident. Submit your DCF paperwork provided by your caseworker by completing the Florida Resident form. This will provide you with your tuition exemption, application fee waiver, and Florida Residency.

Determine if you are required to take a placement test.

You must submit official transcripts for high school, and all colleges and universities attended. The transcript(s) should show that there is no coursework in progress. Contact the previous institution(s) you attended to request your official transcript be sent electronically to Broward College (school code 001500). A student who is claiming that home school graduation requirements should submit the Home School Completion Affidavit.

You should apply for financial aid even if you think you don't qualify. Many forms of financial support require a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application.

All new Broward College students, except Transients, Non-degree seeking, and Continuing Education must complete our new online orientation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Source: DCF Fee Exemptions

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.

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. Each team you plan to attend the college the form will need to be submitted no later than the payment deadline date for the term/session in which you are enrolled.

No, Application Fees are waived for DCF students.

Additional resources to include Academic, Mentoring support, to ensure student success are available through our Seahawk Outreach Services Department.

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Remote and limited in-person student services are available.