Degree Seeking

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Congratulations on your decision to attend Northwest Florida State College!  We are excited to have you become part of our College Community. We are here to help you succeed in realizing your goals, whether they are academic pursuit, career enhancement or personal enrichment.


Step 1:  Complete Admission application & Residency Forms

It's free to apply to Northwest Florida State College! In order to be accepted into one of NWFSC's Associate or Certificate programs applicants must be a high school graduate, have earned a GED or possess an Affidavit for Home Educated students verifying high school graduation.  Apply online or at any of Northwest Florida State College's conveniently located six campus locations (link to campus locations) For more information contact NWF State College Admissions via email at or call (850) 729-4901. For limited access programs or programs with additional admission requirements, contact the specific department or program or College Catalog (link to College catalog


Step 2: Set up your Student Email Account

Students are assigned a free NWFSC email account at the time of acceptance. The student email address serves as the official method of communication for the College. Each applicant will be notified by email of acceptance or non-acceptance for admissions. Students will be encouraged to use and check their NWF State College e-mail account regularly. Important College information will be communicated to students through the NWF State College student e-mail system. Administrative issues such as class cancellation notification, room changes for classes, room assignments for distance learning orientation classes, college closures for emergencies and instructor issues such as assignments, deadlines, changes in class meeting times, homework grades, and progress reports are among the many uses of the NWF State College student e-mail system. For more information visit NWFSC's email help page.


Step 3:  Request Official Transcripts

Request appropriate official transcripts and have these sent to NWF State College after you have completed and submitted your application for admission/residency forms. Depending on your educational background, these may include: high school transcript, GED diploma, Home Educated Affidavit, official college and/or university transcripts from any previous college attended, and official score reports from CLEP, DANTES, AP, AICE, or IB.  Transcripts noted as 'Issued to Student' are not considered official. For information call (850) 729-4901 or email the Admissions Office at

Official transcripts should be sent to:

Northwest Florida State College
Attn: Admission Office
100 College Blvd
Niceville, Florida 32578-1295.


Step 4:  Take a Placement Test

First-time-in-college students (those with no prior college credit) who don't qualify for the Senate Bill 1720 exemption as noted below, must take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Test scores assist Northwest Florida State College in placing students in appropriate level classes based on their academic skills. Scores are not used to determine admission. The PERT is offered at all six NWFSC locations and is free of charge.

In accordance with Section (s.) 1008.30, Florida Statutes (F.S.):
A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year, or any year thereafter and earned a Florida standard high school diploma or a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States Armed Services shall not be required to take the common placement test and shall not be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College System institution. However, a student who is not required to take the common placement test and is not required to enroll in developmental education under this paragraph may opt to be assessed and to enroll in developmental education instruction, and the college shall provide such assessment and instruction upon the student's request.

Test scores from the SAT, ACT or other approved placement test(s) may be accepted as a substitute for the PERT if the scores are no more than two-years old and meet the established cut-offs. Transfer students who have satisfactorily completed college English and math courses are not required to take the placement test and must have official college transcripts on file with Northwest Florida State College. Call any campus for a testing appointment or register online. For testing locations, please see Testing Center Hours and Locations or call (850) 729-6016.


Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid.

Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at NWFSC's school code is: 001510.  Applications for federal financial aid should be made well in advance of enrollment of courses. Students not meeting the priority deadline might still qualify for financial aid but may experience delays in receiving financial aid. For more information contact the Financial Aid Office at (850) 729-5370 or visit


Step 6:  Meet with a NWF State College Advisor

All first time, college degree seeking students are required to meet with an academic advisor before they may register for classes their first semester. Students may schedule an advising appointment, contact an advisor via phone/email or visit one of NWFSC's six locations on a walk-in basis to discuss the important aspects of your educational goals. While new degree seeking students are required to meet with an advisor, all students can benefit from a meeting with an advisor. Academic advisors will guide you regarding placement testing, college readiness skills and other tools and information to ensure academic success.  To schedule an appointment with an academic advisor contact your nearest location at:

Main Campus in Niceville (850) 729-6922

Crestview (850) 689-7911

DeFuniak Springs (850) 892-8100

Fort Walton Beach (850) 863-6508

South Walton (850) 267-2888

Hurlburt Field (850) 884-6296


Step 7:  Register for Classes & Pay Fees

Students may enroll online and pay for their courses through RaiderNet or in person at any of NWFSC's six locations. Students need to pay special attention to their payment due dates. Courses could be dropped if fees are not paid on time. Northwest Florida state College offers a variety of financial assistance for students including a tuition payment pay through NelNet. For more information contact the Business Office at (850) 729-5355.


Step 8: Attend your classes and Get involved in College Life!