Admissions Requirements for First-Time-in-College Degree-Seeking Students
- Standard High School Diploma: Florida high school graduates must have earned a standard high school diploma. Non-Florida high school graduates must meet requirements specified in Florida statutes. An official high school transcript (in a sealed envelope) with the high school graduation date is required for admission prior to the first day of classes.
- General Educational Diploma (GED): Students who have a GED are eligible for admission. An official transcript (in a sealed envelope) noting the GED results is required for admission.
- Florida Certificate of Completion (W8A):
- Students who have met the 2.0 GPA and all course requirements for a standard high school diploma, but did not pass the FCAT will be issued the W8A Certificate of Completion. These students must sit for a placement test in order to be placed into college-credit or remedial courses as appropriate. These students may or may not be eligible for all scholarships or financial aid programs. All school districts must identify students who have met requirements for the W8A Certificate of Completion on the official transcript.
- To identify this new credential (certificate), the Withdrawal Reason "W8A" will appear on the high school transcript. In addition, the certificate will bear the designation "Computerized Placement Test Eligible." This designation will differentiate between the old Certificate of Completion and the new Certificate of Completion.
- Students with the new certificate of completion who need remediation should be classified as degree-seeking students. These students must meet the college preparatory requirements outlined in section 1008.30(4)(a), Florida Statutes (the same requirements apply to students with a standard high school diploma).
- Students with the certificate of completion are not eligible to receive federal aid unless they earn a GED. Students will not be admitted to limited-access programs, programs requiring a high school diploma, or programs that may include licensure requirements that include a high school diploma. Students should not be admitted to those programs until they have earned the standard high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Other Certificate of Completion: Students who have earned a Certificate of Completion are not eligible for admission into a college-credit, technical or non-approved vocational program. They may be admitted into programs that do not require a high school diploma.
- Special Diploma: Students who have earned a Special Diploma are not eligible for admission into a college-credit, technical or non-approved vocational program. They may be admitted into programs that do not require a high school diploma.
- Home Education Graduate: Students who have graduated from a home education program are eligible for admission as high school graduates. Students must have affidavits signed by a parent or legal guardian attesting that they have completed a home education program pursuant to the requirements in F.S. 232.0201 and provide their official high school transcripts.
Official High School Transcripts
Official high school transcripts that do not meet the criteria above or are questionable should be forwarded to the Registrar's office for research and confirmation of the ability to award diplomas. The official high school transcript will be assessed to determine if the school qualifies for confirmation. The official transcript should be submitted to the Registrar for final determination.
Seminole State College adheres to federal and state policies/directives regarding validation of high school diplomas. The following criteria are examined to determine school validity:
- Is the high school recognized by an established accrediting body (this is not the only determinant factor);
- Are the students only required to take a test or pay fees for the issuance of a diploma (this may not be an acceptable practice for high school validity);
- Are teachers certified and/or have appropriate academic background/credential;
- Does the high school deliver instruction, either online or in person;
- Is the high school able to provide a list of courses and a description of such courses, grading scale, master schedule and academic calendar year? Are they able to describe, communicate and provide validation of the educational product?
To be eligible to receive Title IV, HEA aid current § 668.32(e) (student eligibility) a student must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, have completed secondary school in a home school setting, or pass an independently administered examination approved by the secretary.
Under proposed § 668.16(p), an institution would be required to develop and follow procedures to evaluate the validity of a student's high school completion if the institution of the secretary has reason to believe that the high school diploma is not valid or was not obtained from an entity that provides secondary school instruction.
Note: A student or institution may appeal this decision through the Registrar's office. However, should the quality of the educational program of the institution attended appear mediocre or unsatisfactory the College reserves the right to not accept the High School's diploma.