Student Fee Public Notice for November 2020

October 13, 2020



The District Board of Trustees for Florida State College at Jacksonville will act upon the following matters at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 1 p.m. at the College’s Betty P. Cook Nassau Center, Room T-126, 76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097.


The proposed actions will authorize the College to 1.) Per Florida Statute 1009.285, to charge fees for enrollment in college-credit courses where students have enrolled in the same undergraduate college-credit course more than twice to be equal to 100 percent of the full cost of instruction. The statute further indicates that calculation of the full cost of instruction shall be based upon the system wide average of the prior year’s cost of undergraduate programs for Florida College System institutions. Accordingly, effective Spring Term 2020-21 the fee for students in this situation will be $228 per credit hour, applied only to a course where the student has enrolled three or more times. The recommended fees are minimal and have historically only had small variances from year to year, 2.) Change the fees for the following two courses to be effective Spring Term 2020-21: FFP 0030, Firefighter I and FFP 0031, Firefighter II. The Firefighter I and II courses require students to be exposed to live fire and smoke training scenarios. The student fee for the courses listed are necessary to ensure recovery of the costs of the building materials, vehicles, gasoline and petroleum used during live fires. These fees were last brought to the Board in 2013. After the review of the consumables by the program, it is requested the current fees above to be adjusted based on the increased costs submitted by the department for materials and services. The recommended fees are projected to have no net fiscal impact on the College and 3.) Change the fee for the following course to be effective Summer Term 2020-21: RET 2520, Community Health. The special fee for the course listed has been re-evaluated. The Respiratory Care program requires a comprehensive exam and the testing material cost has increased since the last fee review. The recommended fee is projected to have no net fiscal impact on the College.


The proposed action will authorize the College to approve the FSCJ Access Program to be effective Spring Term 2020-21. Florida Statutes allow inclusive access programs when there is documented evidence that the options reduce the cost of textbooks and course materials for students. Students enrolling in courses under this program benefit from significantly reduced textbook costs, as publishers are willing to sell for less when more students purchase the course materials. In most cases, the FSCJ Access program utilizes electronic textbooks and online software. In accordance with Florida Statute 1004.085, Textbook and Instructional Materials Affordability, the FSCJ Access program will utilize an opt-out approach, where students are charged for their books along with their tuition in the participating courses unless the student opts-out of the program. The additional course fees would be exactly what the bookstore provider charges for the course materials. The Spring 2021 FSCJ Access pilot will reduce the cost of textbooks. The recommended fee is projected to have no net fiscal impact on the College.

FSCJ is implementing a pilot program in which student course material will be provided digitally to all students enrolled in FSCJ Access classes. This will insure access to required resource material on the first day of classes to everyone in the class and will provide course materials at lower costs. This will guarantee the lowest cost to students because the College is able to secure a below competitive market rate for the material by purchasing in bulk.  The bookstore is able to provide course materials at lower costs due to volume and contractual arrangements with publishers that allow for the lowest cost for course materials when an inclusive access program is employed.

Any person requesting to address the above matters will be provided an opportunity to do so by appearing before the Board at the November 10th meeting. Copies of the items will be available for inspection beginning October 13th in the Office of the College President (OCP), Room 408D, 501 West State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 as well as on the College’s website at under the Student Notice Alert.

If you have questions related to the Proposed Fees and Charges item and/or FSCJ Access Program item, please contact the Office of the Associate Vice President of Finance at (904) 361-6268.

Pursuant to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations to participate in the meeting is asked to advise the agency at least 24 hours before the meeting by contacting: The OCP Administrative Support Manager Kimberli Sodek. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service, 1(800)955-8771 (TDD) or 1(800)955-8770 (Voice).

Florida State College at Jacksonville, hereby reaffirms the principle of equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, disability, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation/expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy or genetic information. Equal opportunity principle applies with regard to employment, delivery of educational programs and services, and all other appropriate areas in which the College is involved.

John Avendano, Ph.D.