Student Fee Public Notice for June 2023

May 10, 2023, 08:46 AM
Title : Student Fee Public Notice for June 2023




The Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) District Board of Trustees (DBOT) will act upon the following matters at its next regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, at 1 p.m. at the College’s Administrative Offices, Board Room 405, 501 West State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

The proposed action will authorize the College, 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. The fees being presented for the Full Cost of Instruction are taken from the 2023 Florida College System Fact book, which is the most recent system information that is available. Accordingly, effective Fall Term 2023-24 the fee for students in this situation will be $266 per credit hour, applied only to a course where the student has enrolled three or more times. Fiscal Notes: These fees are minimal and have historically only had small variances from year to year.

The proposed action will authorize the College to approve the FSCJ ACCESS Program, pursuant to FSCJ Board Rule 6Hx7-4.19, and to be effective Fall Term 2023.

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. Students enrolled in FSCJ ACCESS classes for Spring Term 2023 had total savings of $760,043. The recommended fees are projected to have no net fiscal impact on the College.

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. This will ensure access to required resource material on the first day of classes to everyone in the FSCJ ACCESS 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.  

Any person requesting to address the above matters will be provided an opportunity to do so by appearing before the Board at the June 13 meeting. Copies of the Fees and Charges and/or FSCJ ACCESS Program agenda items will be available for inspection beginning May 16 in the Office of the College President, Room 408D, 501 West State St., Jacksonville, FL 32202 as well as on the College’s website under Student  Information Notice Alert:

If you have questions related to the Proposed Course Fees and Charges and FSCJ ACCESS Program agenda items, please contact the Office of the Associate Vice President for Administrative Services at (904) 632-5169.

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 Office of the College President Administration Support Manager Kimberli Sodek at or 904-632-3205. 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 does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, disability, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, sex, sexual orientation/expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy or genetic information in its programs, activities and employment. For more information, visit FSCJ’s Equal Access/Equal Opportunity page.

John Avendano, Ph.D.
College President

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