Florida State College at Jacksonville


Five FSCJ Degrees for Finance and Accounting

Florida State College at Jacksonville is also featured in our ranking of the Top 35 Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Finance.

Ranked 21st by BestColleges.com, the School of Business, Professional Studies, & Public Safety grants an accelerated 60-credit, 18-month Accounting Technology A.S. online or in Kent Center for Florida State College at Jacksonville Blue Wave to take 2000-level courses like Payroll Software. For shorter study, undergrads can pursue the 18-credit Accounting Operations Technical Certificate, 12-credit Accounting Technology Specialist Technical Certificate, or 27-credit Accounting Technology Management Technical Certificate. Chaired by Prof. Rosalyn Amaro, the Business Administration A.S. builds a 60-credit, ACBSP-accredited curriculum with eight-week online classes from Financial Accounting to Statistics plus optional 180-hour internships, such as Fidelity and Deloitte.

Online on Canvas starting Fall 2019, the Financial Services B.S. follows a 60-credit 2+2 transfer sequence for associate graduates to complete Florida State College at Jacksonville courses, including Banking Regulations, costing only $12,586 total for CFA or CFE certification options. Headed by Prof. Annette Barrineau, the 120-credit Business Administration B.S. currently enrolls 1,885 Blue Wave in two-month online or Deerwood Center courses for 95 percent placement at CSX, Citibank, Mayo Clinic, Publix, NextEra, and more. The Supervision and Management B.A.S. crafts a 120-credit, ACBSP-accredited plan starting thrice yearly online or in Downtown Jacksonville with accelerated 4000-level seminars like Managerial Accounting and Risk Management leading to capstone projects.

About Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville originated on August 22, 1966, when Florida Junior College was first opened at South Jacksonville Elementary School to primarily serve Nassau County. In May 1968, its inaugural class graduated with associate degrees at the Civic Auditorium. Two years later, a Northside Campus was built on Dunn Avenue near the St. John’s River. In 1975, FJC joined the Florida College System Activities Association. In 1976, Florida Senate minority leader Audrey Gibson graduated from FJC. In 1977, FJC erected a 16-acre Springfield Historic District campus in Jacksonville. In 1986, it became the Florida Community College at Jacksonville and enrolled its 500,000th undergrad. By 2007, the Legislature authorized FCCJ to launch four-year bachelor’s programs. In 2009, the Florida State College at Jacksonville name was adopted. In 2010, the Urban Resource Center started the Open Campus.

Budgeting $137.3 million yearly, Florida State College at Jacksonville now employs 2,585 staff who serve 38,424 for-credit and 11,209 non-credit Blue Wave from 132 countries online or on five “River City” campuses with 50+ clubs like Brain Bowl. In 2019, FSCJ was an Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence finalist. In 2015, Florida State College accepted the FCS Best Practice Award for its iNoVATE Network. FSCJ boasted the 2009 Association of Florida Colleges’ Unsung Hero Award recipient too. Community College Week placed FSCJ 11th nationally for most associate degrees awarded. On Niche, FSCJ has America’s 257th best location and 387th safest campus. WalletHub named Florida State College at Jacksonville 275th for best career outcomes. College Factual noticed FSCJ for the 65th most popular business degrees. College Choice declared FSCJ the 10th best online associate provider.

Florida State College at Jacksonville Accreditation Details

On June 14, 2014, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees voted to accept the Quality Enhancement Plan for Florida State College at Jacksonville to extend the Level II accreditation through 2024 under the sixth president, Dr. John Avendano, who earned the Phi Theta Kappa Lifetime Achievement Award. Located 350 miles up Interstate 75 in Decatur, this great 11-state Gulf Coast Region accreditor is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to review FSCJ’s 50 associate and 13 bachelor’s degrees. Further, Florida State College was reaffirmed by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in 2013.

Florida State College at Jacksonville Application Requirements

Getting into Florida State College at Jacksonville is classified “least selective” by the U.S. News & World Report since 100 percent of the 49,633 Blue Wave had open access. First-year applicants to the Business Department must hold a college-ready high school or GED diploma though. Passing General Education Development test scores of 145 and better are required. Degree-seeking admission requires being at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or lawful immigrant. Foreign students from non-English countries need a minimum 61 TOEFL iBT or 5.5 IELTS score. Specific grades aren’t listed, but Florida Bright Future Scholars need GPAs of 2.0 or greater. Thanks to Senate Bill 1720, high school graduates don’t have to take placement tests. Non-graduates typically must exceed the 440 Reading and 440 Math SAT mark. Respective ACT English and Math scores of 18 and 19 would qualify. Bachelor’s options, including the Financial Services B.S., require an associate degree with 60+ transfer credits at GPAs above 2.0.

Florida State College at Jacksonville has priority deadlines of June 1st for Fall, October 1st for Spring, and February 1st for Summer enrollment. Acceptance letters will be mailed after July 1st, November 1st, and March 1st. Accordingly, complete the FSCJ Application online with a $25 non-refundable fee by credit or debit card. Forward official transcripts to PO Box 40515 in Jacksonville, FL 32203. Send optional testing reports using SAT/TOEFL code 5232 or ACT code 0717. Submit supplemental materials like the Florida residency form, FAFSA application, GED certificate, college placement exam, passport photocopy, certification of finances, and medical immunization record. Contact (904) 646-2300 or info@fscj.edu with questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Florida State College at Jacksonville charged full-time Florida associate majors $1,260 each term or $2,520 annually. Non-resident associate tuition was $4,824 per term or $9,648 each year. Georgia resident rates dropped to $2,628 and $5,256 respectively. Mandatory undergrad fees were $360 yearly. FSCJ budgeted $1,800 for room, $1,746 for board, $1,400 for books, $2,510 for travel, and $1,120 for personal expenses. Annual associate attendance equaled $11,552 in-state, $18,680 out-of-state, and $14,288 in Georgia. Part-time associate study was $104 to $401 per credit. Florida bachelor’s students paid $2,808 each year or $116 per credit. Non-resident B.S. majors were billed $9,648 annually or $401 per credit. Georgia baccalaureate learners spent $5,472 yearly or $227 per credit.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Student Financial Services Office in Cecil Center Room A-110 connects 69 percent of new FSCJ Blue Wave to tuition aid averaging $5,139 apiece for $3.26 million combined. Available business funds include the Ernest Pitman Memorial Scholarship, Emily Paulk Scholarship, Community First Cares Foundation Scholarship, John Edward Allen Memorial Scholarship, LuAnn & Doran Weinstein Memorial Scholarship, Smith Barney Scholarship, Stein Mart Scholarship, Steven & Olivia Bowers Scholarship, James Page Governmental Scholarship, and Dr. Stephen Wise Degree Completion Scholarship. The $5,000 Herbert W. Scheidel Scholarship has a February 22nd deadline for active community volunteers. The Clifford Ray Scholarship supports GED recipients in Nassau County who take 12+ credits each term with minimum 2.0 GPAs. Federal resources, such as the Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, require FAFSA applications coded 001484. Floridians also access the First Generation Matching Grant, Student Assistance Grant, Workforce Certificate Grant, and Public Postsecondary Career Education Grant.

Keep reading about Florida State College at Jacksonville on the Business Department website.