Frequently Asked Questions

1. HOW DO I APPLY TO THE COLLEGE?
Applying for admission to HCC is easy. Complete an online admissions application at hccfl.edu/apply. Follow the remaining steps for enrollment—which may be found at www.hccfl.edu/enroll to successfully complete your enrollment process.

2. WHAT IS RESIDENCY?
Residency is the term used by Florida institutions of higher education to describe the student’s tuition classification status. Students attending Florida institutions of higher education are required to show documentation supporting legal permanent residence within the state of Florida in order to receive in-state tuition. The state statute is specific in detailing the documentation, time period, and enrollment status of students intending to classify or reclassify themselves as in-state residents for tuition purposes. For detailed information regarding Florida state residency, please go to www.hccfl.edu/residency.

3. WHEN DO I PAY MY TUITION AND FEES?
Tuition and fees are due by the posted payment due dates for the term of registration. Tuition for registration conducted after the payment deadline requires payment the same day as the registration. Note: Payment deadlines are posted on the college calendar, HCC website and student handbook. It is your responsibility to stay informed about the college calendar and deadlines.

4. WHEN WILL MY BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP BE AWARDED?
Florida Bright Futures Scholarships are awarded after HCC receives the Master Eligibility List from the Florida Office of Student Assistance. The list is typically provided in July of each year. Please be sure that you include HCC as your school of choice with the state of Florida in order for us to receive the appropriate information about your scholarship. If you are an HCC student receiving a Bright Futures Scholarship, any remaining balance due to the college will be due by the published payment due date.

5. WHEN DO I HAVE TO HAVE MY TRANSCRIPT IN TO HCC?
As an applicant you are responsible for ensuring that official copies of your high school transcript or GED scores and official copies of your transcript(s) from all postsecondary schools you have attended are submitted to the college. You may choose to hand deliver your sealed official transcript to the Student Services office at your home campus. All transcripts must be received prior to the awarding of financial aid.

6. DO I HAVE TO TAKE A PLACEMENT EXAM?
Florida statute requires that all Florida community colleges and/or universities administer common placement testing programs to assess the basic computation and communication skills of some students who intend to enter PSAV or degree programs. This test is administered on the computer to incoming students who do not meet exemption requirements and are not able to show placement by other means such as transferable college/university coursework, current SAT/ACT scores (completed in the past two years), or SAT/ ACT scores meeting the minimum college level placement requirement. New, transfer, or returning students may be eligible and/or required to take part or all of the placement test. More information on testing...

7. CAN THE CREDITS I EARNED AT ANOTHER INSTITUTION BE TRANSFERRED TO HCC?
HCC accepts transfer coursework from other regionally accredited institutions of higher education. Transfer credits are evaluated after an official transcript has been submitted to the college. After transfer credit evaluations are complete, you will receive a notice via HawkMail and may view this information on WebAdvisor. Students who have coursework from unaccredited or nationally accredited institutions must meet with an academic advisor or student services generalist to determine the process for the potential transfer of coursework.

8. WHY DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE ORIENTATION?
HCC’s online Student Orientation provides you important information regarding HCC policies and procedures, course selection, resources, financial options, and additional information necessary to successfully navigate programs. Completion of our online Student Orientation is required prior to being able to meet with an advisor and register for classes. New HCC students must also complete a registration workshop.

9. WHEN CAN I REGISTER FOR CLASSES?
Once you have completed an online application, submitted/taken placement tests (if needed) and completed orientation, you are eligible to register for classes.

10. WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES?
The college posts a student services important dates calendar every academic year at www.hccfl.edu/calendar.