Feb 24, 2020  
2009-2010 Catalog 
    
2009-2010 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admissions


Edison State College Admissions Policy

Edison State College affirms its policy of open admissions. All applicants for admissions are considered solely on the basis of their academic qualifications, without regard to their race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status and national origin. Edison State College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant whose behavior is not in keeping with the best interests of Edison.

Edison State assesses a non-refundable admissions application fee for all new students. The admissions application is not processed until the admissions application fee is received. The Office of the Registrar is responsible for administering Edison State’s admissions policies and for providing information regarding the admissions process, including admissions requirements, residency requirements, student privacy rights and classification of students.

Students may submit application for admission via our online system at www.Edison.edu/admissions or may print and mail an application with the application fee.

After the admissions application has been processed, the Office of the Registrar notifies each applicant of his/her acceptance to Edison State and provides the applicant with assessment, advisement and registration information. Accepted applicants may begin their studies any term. For important dates, please see the College Calendar .

NOTE: Florida law (F.S. 1003.43) provides that students graduating from a Florida public high school after August 1, 1987 and applying for admission to an Associate in Arts degree program must meet specific general requirements for high school graduation. Graduates from private high schools and out-of-state public schools must have completed a curriculum that includes four years of English and three years each of mathematics, science, and social studies. However, in lieu of the English requirement, foreign students may use four years of instruction in their native language or language of instruction in the secondary school attended.

Admissions Requirements

Please note that admission to Edison State College does not guarantee admission into a limited access or baccalaureate program. For program admissions information, please consult the appropriate program page in the College Catalog.

Associate in Arts (AA) Admissions Requirements

The AA degree provides students with the foundation needed to be successful at any one of Florida’s eleven state universities. To be admitted as an AA degree seeking student, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have earned a standard diploma from a high school accredited by the Florida Department of Education, or a standard diploma from a regionally accredited high school. Applicants who did not graduate from high school in the United States must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma and must meet language standards established through College policy and/or procedure; or
  2. Have earned a high school equivalency diploma based on performance on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test administered in English through any state department of education; or
  3. Have completed a home education program meeting the requirements of F.S. 1002.41; or
  4. Have earned a standard certificate of completion from a Florida public high school due to FCAT performance (must have completed high school after May 2003); or
  5. Have been approved by Edison State for entry into the Accelerated Programs for High School Students.

Associate in Science (AS) Admissions Requirements

The Associate in Science Degree programs are primarily designed to prepare students for employment in select fields. To be admitted as an AS degree seeking student, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have earned a standard diploma from a high school accredited by the Florida Department of Education, or a standard diploma from a regionally accredited high school. Applicants who did not graduate from high school in the United States must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma and must meet language standards established through College policy and/or procedure; or
  2. Have earned a high school equivalency diploma based on performance on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test administered in English through any state department of education; or
  3. Have completed a home education program meeting the requirements of F.S. 1002.41; or
  4. Have earned a standard certificate of completion from a Florida public high school due to FCAT performance (must have completed high school after May 2003); or
  5. Have been approved by Edison State for entry into the Accelerated Programs for High School Students.

Additional Health Professions Admissions Requirements

The AS degree and Certificate programs in Cardiovascular Technology, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, EMT-Basic, EMT-Paramedic, Emergency Medical Services, Health Information Management, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, and Respiratory Care are selective admissions programs. Admission to Edison State College does not automatically qualify an applicant for acceptance to these Health Professions programs. Students must complete a separate application for admission to each limited-access program of study. Records submitted for application become the property of Edison State College, and will not be available for use to meet the requirements of third parties.

Criminal History Background Check

Applicants to Health Professions programs with associated clinical activities will be required to complete a College-approved criminal history background check at the individual’s expense. Results of the background check must be satisfactory in order for the applicant to be eligible for final acceptance/enrollment in a limited-access program.

A student who does not maintain continuous clinical enrollment in the limited-access program will be required to submit a new criminal history background check.

Health Record/Ability to Meet Technical Standards

A completed medical health form and self assessment of program technical standards must be submitted to and approved by the individual Health Professions Program Coordinator prior to admission to clinical rotations. The health record will include results from a physical examination and laboratory tests, including immunization records, which must be verified by a licensed physician or his/her designee. Applicants who do not meet the standards of physical and mental health, as required by clinical facilities for safe patient care, may reapply and be considered for application to a Health Professions program after resolution of the health problem. A student who does not maintain progressive clinical enrollment in the limited-access program may be required to submit a new student health record.

College Certificate Admissions Requirements

College certificate programs are usually one year or less in length and prepare students for employment in specialized areas. To be admitted as a certificate seeking student, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have earned a standard diploma from a high school accredited by the Florida Department of Education, or a standard diploma from a regionally accredited high school. Applicants who did not graduate from high school in the United States must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma and must meet language standards established through College policy and/or procedure; or
  2. Have earned a high school equivalency diploma based on performance on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test administered in English through any state department of education; or
  3. Have completed a home education program meeting the requirements of F.S. 1002.41; or
  4. Have earned a standard certificate of completion from a Florida public high school due to FCAT performance (must have completed high school after May 2003); or
  5. Have been approved by Edison State for entry into the Accelerated Programs for High School Students.

Post Secondary Adult Vocational (PSAV) Admissions Requirements

PSAV programs are usually one year or less in length and prepare students for employment in specialized areas. To be admitted as a PSAV certificate seeking student, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have earned a standard diploma from a high school accredited by the Florida Department of Education, or a standard diploma from a regionally-accredited high school. Applicants who did not graduate from high school in the United States must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma and must meet language standards established through College policy and/or procedure; or
  2. Have earned a high school equivalency diploma based on performance on the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test administered in English through any state department of education; or
  3. Have completed a home education program meeting the requirements of F.S. 1002.41; or
  4. Have earned a standard certificate of completion from a Florida public high school due to FCAT performance (must have completed high school after May 2003); or
  5. Have been approved by Edison State for entry into the Accelerated Programs for High School Students; or
  6. Be 16 or older and left high school before earning a standard high school diploma or the equivalency of a standard high school diploma.

The PSAV program in Dental Assisting is a selective admissions program. Admission to Edison State does not automatically admit an applicant to this program of study. Students must complete a separate application for admission to the Dental Assisting program.

International Student (F1 Visa) Admissions Requirements

Applicants with or seeking an international student visa (F-1) must meet the following additional admissions requirements. Edison State issues an I-20 form after all admissions requirements are met. Applicants may be issued the F-1 visa when they present the I-20 form to the appropriate personnel in a U.S. Embassy.

  1. The applicant must apply for admission and submit all required admission credentials (as outlined below) to the Office of the Registrar no later than sixty (60) days prior to the published first class day of the term for which he/she is seeking admission.
  2. Since instruction is in English, applicants must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. To demonstrate this proficiency, if English is not the applicant’s native language, the applicant must either submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if applying from outside the United States, or if currently applying from within the United States, must submit results of the TOEFL or complete a personal interview. The minimum acceptable score is 550 or higher on the paper version of the TOEFL or 79 or higher on the Internet-based test (TOEFL IBT). ACT-E or SAT-R scores may be submitted and considered in lieu of TOEFL scores. Applicants scoring below established cut-off scores are referred to the college preparatory programs for additional testing and placement into the English Training Program.
  3. The applicant or sponsor must provide a notarized financial statement verifying the availability (in U.S. dollars) of the funds necessary for the applicant to attend Edison State. The applicant or sponsor must complete the Sponsorship Affidavit form. Edison State does not provide sponsors, financial assistance, dormitories or transportation services.
  4. The applicant must provide an official high school transcript as well as official transcripts from any colleges or universities that the applicant attended. Applicants interested in receiving transfer credit for coursework completed in a non-U.S. institution must have their transcript(s) evaluated by a credential evaluation service approved by Edison State. Transcripts in languages other than English must be translated by a credential translation service approved by Edison State. A list of approved agencies is available upon request. The translation must include authentic verifying statements and signatures. The applicant must have at least the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma to be eligible for admission. An admission decision is made after all documents are received.
  5. International students transferring from another college or university in the U.S. that is approved by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) must provide the following items before a final admission decision is reached:
    1. All of the information included in requirements Numbers 1- 4 above;
    2. An official transcript from all U.S. colleges or universities attended;
    3. Copies of all previously issued I-20 forms;
    4. A visa clearance form from the International Student Advisor at the current U.S. college or university, verifying the student’s current status; and
    5. A valid passport and an I-94 form.
  6. The applicant and sponsor must have an orientation with the International Student Advisor or designee no later than thirty (30) days prior to the first class day of the term for which the applicant is seeking admission.
  7. All international students must meet the Standards of Academic Progress for International Students (full-time status/12 credits per semester and a cumulative 2.00 grade point average).
  8. All applicants must provide proof of health and accident insurance to include a body repatriation and body evacuation rider prior to registering for classes.

Requirements for Readmission

Students who have not attended Edison State within the past year must submit an admissions application (the admissions application fee is not required for former students) and such other information as may be required by the Office of the Registrar including proof of residency documents for in-state tuition classification. Degree seeking students readmitting after two years of non-attendance, who did not complete English and mathematics requirements, must retake the FCELPT. (Please see Assessment Services, in the Student Services  section, for more information.) Students attempting to return after suspension or dismissal must petition for readmission. A favorable decision is dependent upon clear written evidence that indicates promise of successful performance. (See Petitions, in the Student Records  section, for more information.)

Student Classifications

Degree Seeking Classification

Applicants who indicate on the admissions application their intent to pursue a bachelor’s degree, an AA, an AS, or a college certificate program are subject to specific Edison State policies and procedures, which are in place to help students achieve their educational goals. Degree seeking students are required to complete the Florida College Entry Level Placement Test (FCELPT) or submit a full set of ACT-E, SAT-R scores or be test exempt. (Please see Assessment Services, in the Student Services  section, for more information.) Degree seeking students must satisfy any reading, English and mathematics college preparatory requirements, starting the first semester of registration and continuing each semester until all requirements are satisfied. (Please see Academic Support Programs, in the Academic Policies and Procedures Relating to Students  section, for more information.) Degree seeking students who previously attended another college or university must request that an official transcript be sent from that college or university directly to Edison State.

Non-Degree Seeking Classification

Applicants who indicate on the admissions application that they do not intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree, an AA, an AS, or a college certificate program, but who wish to enroll in college credit courses for transfer credit purposes, or for personal interest and enjoyment, must apply for admission and submit the appropriate residency documentation. Non-degree seeking students wishing to enroll in college credit courses must meet all course prerequisites. Non-degree seeking students wishing to enroll in a college-level mathematics or an English course are required to complete the Florida College Entry Level Placement Test (FCELPT) or submit a full set of ACT-E, SAT-R scores or be test exempt. (Please see Assessment Services, in the Student Services  section, for more information.)

Non-degree seeking students wishing to change to degree seeking status must do so prior to the last day of the add/drop period. Changes to a student’s status will not be made after the last day of the add/drop period. The last day of the add/drop period can be found in the College Calendar .

NOTE: Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid, veteran’s benefits and certain academic programs/services that require degree seeking status.

Non-degree enrollment policy for baccalaureate level courses

Baccalaureate level courses (numbered 3000 and 4000) are intended for enrollment by degree seeking students in an Edison State College baccalaureate program.

Students may be permitted, on a case-by-case basis, to enroll in baccalaureate level courses on a nondegree student basis. Requests must be made in writing and submitted to the affiliated program director/dean for approval. Students who intend to matriculate into the baccalaureate program will be limited to 9 credit hours of upper division coursework. For continued enrollment, students must adhere to the stated admission requirements for the intended baccalaureate program.

Students with a previous bachelor’s degree, with proper documentation, may enroll in additional coursework beyond 9 credit hours with permission from the Associate Dean of Baccalaureate Programs.

Students interested in taking courses for teacher certification or recertification must provide the following documentation:

  1. Florida Department of Education or School District documentation of certification needs (Statement of Status of Eligibility or approved school district form), or
  2. a copy of a valid teaching certificate issued by the State of Florida Department of Education and unofficial transcripts from a regionally accredited institution showing proof of an earned Bachelor’s Degree.

Guest Students may enroll, following the stated policy at their home institution, in accordance with Edison State College’s guest enrollment policy. Prior approval from the home institution is required for enrollment in upper division Edison State College courses.

Guest Student

Transient Classification

Applicants seeking a degree from another college or university who wish to enroll at Edison State to transfer coursework back to their “home” college or university are admitted as Guest Students.

Guest Students are advised by their “home” college or university regarding courses to take at Edison State. Guest Students must have written permission (Guest Student Form) from the “home” college or university. A Guest Student Form is required for each semester of enrollment. The Guest Student Form is available for all Florida public colleges and universities on www.FACTS.org.

Residency Rules/Guidelines

All documents supporting the establishment of legal residency must be dated, issued, or filed 12 months prior to the last day to apply for change of residency for tuition purposes for the term for which a Florida resident classification is sought and submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the deadline published in the official College Calendar. A copy of your most recent tax return and/or your parent’s or legal guardian’s tax return may be required to establish dependence/independence. Please note that a stepparent cannot be the claimant unless he or she has legally adopted or has legal guardianship of the student (copy of court papers required).

To qualify as a resident for tuition purposes, you must be a U.S. citizen, legal Permanent Resident, or hold a visa status approved by the Florida Legislature. Living on or attending school in Florida does not, in itself, establish legal residence. Students who depend on out-of-state parents for support are presumed to be legal residents of the same state as their parents.

A Florida resident for tuition purposes is a person who, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian, has established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding their first enrollment at Edison State College. If the student was initially classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes (for example: the student was previously enrolled in a Florida institution of higher education as a non-Florida resident and paid non-Florida resident tuition and fees; or, upon admission to Edison State College the student signed the residency affidavit stating they were not a Florida resident) the student, or a dependent student’s parent or legal guardian, must have established and maintained legal residence in Florida for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the proof of Florida residency deadline of the term for which reclassification to Florida resident for tuition purposes is sought. Students who have not been enrolled for the past year will need to readmit and will be required to submit new documentation to prove Florida residency.

Definitions:

  1. DEPENDENT STUDENT: If you are under age 24 and 50% or more of your support is provided by another as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, you will be classified as a dependent student.
  2. INDEPENDENT STUDENT: If you meet any one of the following criteria, you will be classified as an independent student.
  • You are 24 years of age or older prior to the Proof of Florida Residency Deadline
  • You are married (copy of marriage certificate required).
  • You have a child or other dependant who lives with you and receives their support from you (copy of most recent federal tax return listing the child as your dependent required).
  • You are a veteran of the United States Armed Forces (copies of DD214 or military orders required).
  • Your parents are deceased and you are, or were until age 18, a ward of the court (copies of court documents required).
  • You can provide documentation that you are not claimed by your parent/legal guardian as a dependent under the federal tax code and can document that you provide at least 51% of your own support for the cost of attendance as defined by the Edison State College Financial Aid Office (copy of your most recent federal income tax return and W2 form(s) required).

The claimant must provide two forms of evidence from the following lists: at least one document MUST be from Tier One; ONE document from Tier Two may be used in conjunction with one document from Tier one. ALL documents supporting the establishment of legal residence (whether from Tier One and/or Tier Two) must be dated, issued, or filed 12 consecutive months before the last day to apply for change of residency for tuition purposes for the term for which Florida Resident classification is sought.

TIER ONE (at least ONE document MUST be from the following list):

  1. Florida Driver’s License or Florida Identification Card
  2. Florida Voter Registration
  3. Florida Vehicle Registration
  4. Declaration of Domicile (must be certified by a Clerk of the Court at least 12 consecutive months prior to last day to apply for change of residency for tuition purposes).
  5. Proof of purchase of a permanent home that is occupied as a primary residence of the claimant (Homestead Exemption; contracts/agreements must be dated 12 consecutive months prior to the last day to apply for change of residency for tuition purposes).
  6. Transcript from a Florida high school for multiple years or a Florida GED and score report (only if high school diploma or GED was earned within the last 12 consecutive months); if transcript or Floirda GED is the student’s the claimant must be listed as the student’s parent or legal guardian.
  7. Proof of permanent full-time employment (letters from current and past employers must be on company letterhead stating the date of hire and that claimant has been employed as a permanent full-time employee for the last 12 consecutive months).
  8. Benefit histories from Florida agencies or public assistance programs.

TIER TWO (ONE document from the following list may be used if claimant has only one document from Tier One):

  1. A Florida professional or occupational license (must be current and show at least 12 consecutive months).
  2. Utility bill and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments (electric, gas water, cable/satellite TV; service must be current and only one utility may be used). Cell/mobile phones cannot be used.
  3. Documents evidencing family ties (Example: adoption or legal guardianship papers or other official court documents).
  4. Lease agreement and proof of 12 consecutive months of payments (lease must be current; copies of prior leases may be used to establish 12 consecutive months).
  5. Proof of membership in Florida-based charitable or professional organizations (NOTE: membership in a church does not constitute membership in a Florida-based charitable organization).

Reclassification To Florida Resident

An individual who is initially classified as a nonresident for tuition purposes (you were previously enrolled in a Florida institution of higher education as a non-Florida Resident and paid non-Florida Resident tuition and fees; or upon admission to Edison State you signed the residency affidavit stating you were a non-Florida resident) may become eligible for reclassification to a Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes only if that individual, or his or her parent or legal guardian if that individual is a dependent, supports permanent residency in Florida by presenting documentation of establishment of bona fide domicile in this state for at least 12 consecutive months. The burden of proof is on the student and/or the claimant to show both of the following:

  1. Proof of residency in Florida for the required 12 month period; and
  2. That residency in the state of Florida is/was not merely temporary or incident to enrolling in a college or university located in Florida (the claimant’s signature on the Statement of Florida Residency certifies that the claimant satisfies this requirement in one of the eight ways listed below; additional evidence or documentation may be required.

Required Documentation

To satisfy item number 1 above, the student, or his or her parent if that student is a dependent, must provide two (2) of the following three(3) documents dated at least 12 consecutive months prior to the Proof of Florida Residency deadline.

  • Florida Driver’s License or Florida Identification Card (required)
  • Florida Vehicle Registration (must show proof of 12 consecutive months, 2 years of vehicle registrations may be required)
  • Florida Voter Registration

If the claimant does not have two of the three above documents, consideration may be given on a case-by-case basis for utilizing other documents that prove Florida residency; however, in all cases the claimant must have a Florida Driver’s License or Identification Card.

To satisfy item number 2 above, the student, or his or her parent if that student is a dependent child, certifies with their signature on the Residency Affidavit form that they meet at least one of the following criteria (additional evidence or documentation may be required for meeting the requirement of reclassification):

  1. The claimant was not enrolled full time in a Florida higher education institution during the previous 12 months (Full-time during the fall, spring and summer terms as defined as 12 credits per term).
  2. The claimant has maintained a full-time permanent job in Florida during the previous 12 months. Full-time employment is considered one or more permanent jobs for a minimum of 30 hours a week.
  3. The claimant was transferred to a full-time permanent job in Florida prior to initial enrollment as confirmed on corporate or organizational letterhead.
  4. The claimant has an immediate relative (i.e. parent or child) who is currently living in Florida and who has resided in this state for the previous 12 months.
  5. The claimant has purchased a home in Florida as primary residence (evidenced by a homestead exemption) prior to initial enrollment.
  6. The claimant has received a military discharge and established residency in Florida prior to initial enrollment.
  7. The claimant received social service benefits (i.e. disability) from the State of Florida during the previous 12 months.
  8. The claimant lost their house or other domicile in another state due to a severe natural disaster or crisis resulting in a state of emergency (i.e. hurricane or earthquake) that occurred prior to initial enrollment.

College Rights

Edison State College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant, to suspend or dismiss any student whose behavior is not in keeping with the best interests of Edison State , and to add, delete or change any of the regulations, rules, policies, procedures, fees, courses, or teaching assignments without notice.