Career & Technical Education (CTE) which is designed to prepare students for entry into employment. FCS institutions offer a variety of CTE certificates that lead to an Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC), Applied Technology Diploma (ATD), Career Certificate, Certificate of Professional Preparation (CPP), or a College Credit Certificate (CCC).
Associate of Arts (AA) degree which is designed for students who plan to transfer as a junior to a bachelors degree program at a Florida public college or university.
Associate in Science (AS) or Associate of Applied Science (AAS) which are two-year degrees designed to prepare students for direct entry into high-demand and fast growing occupations. Some programs also offer options to transfer into related bachelor's degree programs.
Bachelor of Science (BS) or Applied Science (BAS) degree which are offered in a wide range of disciplines to meet local and regional workforce need and demand.
The Florida College System is governed by the State Board of Education. Each institution within the Florida College System is governed by a local board of trustees as provided in s. 1001.64, Florida Statutes.
Boards of trustees are responsible for cost-effective policies; the implementation and maintenance of high-quality education programs; performance measurement; and adherence to state policy, budgeting, and education standards. Each board of trustees is authorized to adopt rules, procedures, and policies, consistent with law and rules of the State Board of Education.
In 2021-22, Florida College System institutions served 613,754 students.
The Florida College System is the primary access point to higher education for Floridians, including recent high school graduates and returning adult students.
Florida College System institutions have an open-door admissions and affordability policy that allows for admission to an associate-level degree program to anyone with a standard high school diploma or its equivalent and extends admission to a workforce education program to anyone with a certificate of completion. In addition, students must have demonstrated a level of achievement of college-level communication and computation skills and any other requirements established by the board of trustees.
In 2021-22, Florida colleges awarded 111,127 degrees and certificates.
|Degrees/Certificates Awarded in 2021-22|
|Associate in Arts (AA) Degree||54,545|
|Associate in Science (AS) Degree||15,062|
|Certificate of Professional Prep||108|
|Educator Preparation Institute (EPI)||457|
|Career Certificates and College Credit Certificates||40,329|
|Source: Florida Department of Education.|
Student support programs include common placement testing, academic advising and counseling, career counseling, disabled student services, financial aid assistance, student records and registration, student health services, and extracurricular organizations and activities.
College Credit Programs. Section 1009.23, Florida Statutes, authorizes Florida colleges to charge a standard resident tuition of $71.98 per credit hour for advanced and professional, postsecondary vocational, developmental education, and educator preparation institute programs, and $91.79 per credit hour for bachelor's degree programs.
The colleges are authorized to charge non-residents tuition of $91.79 per credit hour and an out-of-state fee of $215.94 per credit hour for advanced and professional, postsecondary vocational, developmental education, and educator preparation institute programs. For bachelor's degree programs, s. 1009.23, Florida Statutes, limits the sum of the tuition and the out-of-state fee per credit hour to no more than 85% of the sum of the tuition and the out-of-state fee at the state university nearest the state college.
$10,000 Bachelor's Degree. Section 1009.26, Florida Statutes, provides for $10,000 Bachelor's Degrees at Florida College System institutions. The law authorizes the waiver of Florida College System tuition and fees for the purpose of offering baccalaureate degrees for state residents for which the cost for the degree program does not exceed $10,000.
Workforce Education Programs. Section 1009.22, Florida Statutes, authorizes Florida colleges to charge residents and non-residents a standard tuition of $2.33 per contact hour for programs leading to a career certificate or an applied technology diploma, and an out-of-state student fee of $6.99 per contact hour. Also, colleges are authorized to charge block tuition of $45 per half year or $30 per term for adult education programs.
Each college board of trustees is also authorized to establish fee schedules for
Higher Education Finances. The 2023 Legislature enacted Ch. 2023-95, Florida Statutes, which provides additional flexibility for state universities and colleges relating to operations and the use of funds. The bill removes restrictions from these institutions regarding certain uses of carry forward fund balances, including caps on maintenance and remodeling projects and the requirement that funds only be used for nonrecurring operating expenditures; removes cost and gross square feet size maximums that universities must follow for replacement of minor facilities when using Public Education Capital Outlay (PECO) funds; and, removes the requirement that universities comply with certain procurement processes and authorizes the Board of Governors to establish procedures and regulations for universities to follow. Such regulations must be developed no later than October 1, 2023. In addition, the bill revises the limitations on annual compensation for state universities and colleges by providing that employees of these institutions may not receive more than $250,000 annually from public funds. Lastly, the bill provides additional authority for state universities and colleges to waive certain fees. Specifically, the bill adds a new fee waiver allowing a state university or college to waive the out-of-state fee for a student who is an intercollegiate athlete receiving an athletic scholarship. In addition, the bill adds colleges to existing fee waiver authority for state universities that will allow colleges to waive any application, tuition, or related fees for persons who supervise student interns and for persons 60 years of age or older who are residents of Florida and attend classes for credit.
Education. The 2023 Legislature enacted Ch. 2023-81, Florida Statutes, which includes the following changes related to the Florida College System.
|Career Statewide Articulation Agreements, Report 23-10, November 2023|
|Review of the Florida Lottery, 2022, Report 23-02, January 2023|
|Projected Impact of Including All 28 FCS Institutions in the State Group Health Insurance Program, Report 22-FCSINS, January 2022|
|Homeless and Foster Youth Services, Report 22-08, December 2022|
|Review of the Capital Outlay Facilities Space of Florida's State University System, Report 20-SUSFACI, February 2020|
|Review of the Capital Outlay Facilities Space of Florida's College System, Report 20-FCSFACI, June 2020|
|Florida College System Industry Certifications, Report 19-10, October 2019|
|School District Postsecondary Industry Certifications, Report 19-09, October 2019|
The Auditor General reports on community college operations are available on its website
Websites of Interest
Florida College System
Florida College System Data and Reports
Florida's PK-20 Education Information Portal
Association of Florida Colleges
Department of Economic Opportunity, Economic Security Reports