Fall Term 2020 Info & Frequently Asked Questions
We want to share helpful information about Fall Term 2020 at Eastern Florida State College. Campuses partially reopened in August, with many classes online, limited in-person classes and safety measures in place to protect against COVID-19. The Fall 2020 Class Schedule indicates course sections planned to have on campus components, designated as "Face to Face" or "Hybrid," and which sections will be delivered remotely as "Live Online" or a traditional "Online Course." Course delivery is subject to change based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can still register for shorter term classes that start in October.
Review the FAQ below for more details and use our Student Services Guide to contact EFSC staff, who continue to provide virtual services plus some on-campus services, most by appointment only. Also read the General Reopening and Health Related FAQ. We're ready to help you in every way possible, so contact your advisor or call, email or chat if you have questions.
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Question 1: When is the deadline to apply for Fall Term financial aid and scholarships? (Updated 9/15 to include Fall Term CARES Grants)
The Financial Aid Priority Deadline was July 23, 2020.
Students may still apply for Fall Term aid after that deadline, and the Office of Financial Aid will make every effort to process documents submitted after the deadline as quickly as possible. However, they cannot guarantee that students who submit documents late will be notified of eligibility prior to the Fall Term fee due date. Students who miss the published payment deadlines should be prepared to pay in full or to enroll in the tuition payment plan.
CARES Act Fall Term Emergency Aid Grants: Fall Term 2020 EFSC students who did not previously receive a CARES Grant in Spring or Summer Term, can now apply to receive a grant for Fall Term. The funding is to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Students should log in to the myEFSC portal and use the CARES Act Student Emergency Funding link to determine eligibility and to apply online. To be eligible for the CARES Grant, students also must have submitted a 2020-21 FAFSA (which can still be done online) and must be enrolled in a financial aid eligible program. See more details on the grants in the news release.
Students can also explore scholarships awarded by outside organizations.
Question 2: I still need to apply to the College. How can I do that so I can register for Fall Term classes?
If you need to apply to the College, follow the steps to apply online to EFSC, then complete the specific steps in your acceptance letter/email to finish your admission requirements so you can register for classes. Check Priority Application deadlines to be sure to allow enough time to complete all the requirements.
Visit our Virtual Recruitment Office to make an appointment for application assistance if needed.
If you graduated from high school this spring, be sure you've notified your high school guidance counselor that you want your final, official high school transcript with graduation date sent to Eastern Florida State College. Visit our Class of 2020 page for more tips for recent high school grads.
If you have already been accepted but have a hold that is preventing you from registering for courses, review the information on the accepted student page, then complete the outstanding requirement so the hold can be cleared. Contact the admissions team for assistance if needed.
Question 3: What are the dates for Fall Term courses?
The Fall Term is split into several "parts of term," with full-term, 16-week classes having started on Monday, August 17. Shorter-term courses also started on that date, as well as courses that begin on September 14 and October 12.
Visit the Fall Term important dates page for more details and deadlines.
Question 4: How do I know which classes will be on campus and which will be online this Fall? (Updated 8/10)
The Class Schedule Search Tool has been updated to list four types of courses:
- Face to Face: These courses are planned for on-campus delivery at the location and time listed. (Please note that course delivery is subject to moving online based on the status of the pandemic.)
- Live Online: These indicate Fall classes that are transitioning from on-campus delivery to remote delivery online. IMPORTANT NOTE: If a "Live Online" course does not have a day listed in the Class Schedule and the time shows as 12:00 AM, it means that course work can be done online at anytime, similar to a traditional online course. For "Live Online" courses with specific day(s) and time(s) listed in the Class Schedule, the instructor could choose to deliver content "live" in Canvas or Microsoft Teams at the designated time.
- Hybrid: Courses planned to have both online and on-campus components.
- Online Course: The traditional Eastern Florida Online classes without a specific day of the week listed.
We plan to offer in-person classes in areas such as Health Sciences, Public Safety, Workforce/Career Tech programs, select science courses with critical lab components and other general education courses as may be allowed.
Read more about these delivery methods in the next question.
Question 5: What if a Fall Term "Face-to-Face" class does move from on campus to "Live Online" — what does that mean? (Updated 8/8)
Face-to-Face courses that move online are then knows as "Live Online" courses. It's an important distinction when compared to traditional Eastern Florida Online (EFO) courses without a designated day and time listed, as those EFO courses are designed to be taken online at any time.
The instructor for a Face-to-Face or Hybrid class that has to move online may choose to deliver a live lecture in a Canvas classroom or host a student discussion board during the assigned day and time that your class meets (that's known as synchronous delivery). If that's the case in a Live Online class, students would log in to the class during the scheduled day(s) and time(s) to participate virtually. An instructor for a "Live Online" course may also choose to deliver the content asynchronously, which means not in real time, giving you more flexibility.
Important Note: The EFSC Class Schedule Search Tool for Fall Term now indicates "Live Online" courses that are expected to be "synchronous" (potentially at the scheduled time in Canvas) and those that are expected to be taught "asynchronously" (coursework can be done anytime). Here is how to tell: If a "Live Online" course does not have a day listed in the Class Schedule and the time shows as 12:00 AM, it means that course work can be done online at anytime, similar to a traditional online course. For "Live Online" courses with specific day(s) and time(s) listed in the Class Schedule, the instructor could choose to deliver content "live" in Canvas at the designated time.
Because the instructor can choose between synchronous and asynchronous delivery, Live Online classes are not considered part of Eastern Florida Online.
Students in a Live Online class must have reliable Internet access, a microphone and a webcam. Instructors would determine how the live video and audio components of the class would work and when (within the originally scheduled class time). Other elements of the class, such as certain assignments, would happen without real-time interaction between the student and instructor.
When building your fall schedule, please choose classes that fit together into a schedule without overlapping courses. Also take into account the Campus location listed for a course in case any elements of the course can meet in person.
Please also review the Fall Term "Live Online" details page for more information and see the next questions for tips on viewing your fall schedule in myEFSC once you've registered.
You can also learn more about EFSC's course delivery formats and guidance on what's right for you on our Splash of the Titans blog.
Question 6: Once I've registered, how can I see my course schedule and tell which classes are on campus and online? (Added 8/10)
Once you've registered for at least one class, your student schedule is visible a couple of places once you've logged in to the myEFSC student portal. On the landing page you will see your courses listed in the areas with blue headings that say "Course Schedule" and also "Registration."
Here are tips to what the listed formats mean and a guide to abbreviations that you will see in the smaller Registration section.
FF = Face to Face for courses planned for on-campus delivery at the location and time listed.
Lv = Live Online for courses that transitioned from in-person to online, with two options: if there is no location listed and the time shown is 0000-0001, then you can do your coursework any time by the due date. If a time and location are listed, the instructor could choose to deliver course content at that time inside Canvas.
Hy = Hybrid for courses with both online and on-campus components.
On = Online Course is the traditional Eastern Florida Online classes without a specific day or time listed, with coursework done when it's convenient for you, by the deadline.
Below is a sample student schedule from myEFSC that shows all five possibilities. Notice the differences in the listings for the two "Live Online" classes. The instructor for BUL-3130 Business Ethics has indicated that assignments will be available in Canvas for students to complete at any time by the due date so there's no Bldg. or Days listed. However, the instructor for CJC-2000 American Corrections plans to present some content to the class as a group, inside Canvas, at the day and time listed (That location listed is where it would have met if it could have been held on campus). Remember that your instructors also will verify delivery methods via their communications in Canvas once the course dashboard is available closer to the start of class.
Question 7: If Fall Term classes can meet on campus, what safety precautions will be in place? (Updated 6/30)
You will notice a lot of changes on Campus designed to keep you and everyone else safe.
Effective July 6, 2020, all individuals within the interior spaces of buildings on campus are required to wear a mask or face covering, this includes classrooms. Masks or face coverings are not required outside of campus buildings unless social distancing recommendations cannot be met.
Classroom spaces are being adjusted to put physical distancing measures in place, such as fewer desks to allow for 6 feet of separation between students.
Students, faculty and staff shall wear gloves in specialized environments, such as those for public safety training, health sciences education or workforce training, in which social distancing recommendations cannot be consistently followed. Examples include defensive tactics during a law enforcement course, working as a team on a healthcare mannequin or training that requires individuals to touch one another or share a piece of equipment.
Visit our Health-related FAQ for more details on safety measures in the reopening plan.
Question 8: How do I register for Fall courses?
Visit our registration information page for lots of how-to details on the course registration process, including step-by-step photos that show how to register for courses online using the Titan Web section of the myEFSC Student Services Portal. You will also find information on how to get assistance from an advisor.
Question 9: I need placement testing to be able to finish applying for fall so I can register. How can I do that? (Updated 8/15)
Remote testing options are now in place for several placement tests, including the College Credit Placement Test and TEAS and on-campus options by appointment only have been added for select exams without a remote option such as TABE.
College Credit Placement Testing via the ACCUPLACER Next Generation Exam (equivalent to the PERT) is available for current or prospective EFSC students who need to take a common placement test for college credit coursework placement. View the Remote ACCUPLACER Exam Request Process. (That page also includes info on the alternate eligibility and placement measures in place for high school students who want to Dual Enroll).
A remote testing option for the TEAS test for health science and nursing program applicants is now available for registration. View the Remote TEAS Test Information and Registration Process.
Visit our testing options page for more info on other testing availability, including limited on-campus testing now available by appointment only, focused on exams that do not have a remote, online option.
To contact Assessement and Testing Services staff, visit the testing section of the Virtual Student Services Guide for more information.
Question 10: I need the TEAS or TABE test to apply for a Health Sciences, Nursing or Career program. How can I do that? (Updated 8/15)
A remote testing option for the TEAS test for health science and nursing program applicants is now available for registration. View the Remote TEAS Test Information and Registration Process.
There is not a remote option for the TABE, however, the EFSC Assessment Centers now offer the TABE at the Cocoa and Melbourne Campuses by appointment only. View details on making a TABE appointment.
Visit our testing options page for more info on other testing availability.
Some Heath Science programs also have extended application deadlines or are accepting applications with a contingency that testing be taken later. Email Health Sciences at email@example.com for more information about the specific program you're interested in.
Question 11: If I want to eventually earn a Bachelor's Degree, can I do that at EFSC or transfer to a university to finish?
Yes. Starting with a two-year Associate's Degree at EFSC is an economical path to a Bachelor's Degree.
The A.A. degree and our Associate in Science Degrees provide transfer options directly into EFSC's Bachelor Degrees. We now offer 24 bachelor specializations in business, computer technology and healthcare, including a fully online Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RNs.
EFSC's general Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree also provides guaranteed transfer to one of Florida's 12 state universities, including UCF. We have prepared Transfer GPS: Graduation Pathway for Success plans for many popular Bachelor programs. Each one outlines recommended coursework while completing your A.A. that best prepares you to transfer into your intended four-year program. You have the option to earn an A.A. degree through 100% online courses.
Question 12: I am a Dual Enrolled student who is graduating from high school this spring. What are my steps to enroll as an EFSC student for the fall?
If you took at least one Dual Enrollment course at EFSC or at your high school, you do not need to apply to EFSC, as you are already considered a student.
EFSC will accept a copy of your high school diploma to allow you to register for Fall Term. You can upload the document to the Student Document Dropbox following these steps.
You should also do the following:
- Request that your final, official high school transcript with graduation date be sent to EFSC (the Brevard Public Schools system typically does this electronically).
- Submit a Residency Declaration with copies of supporting documents.
- Meet with an advisor to discuss degree requirements and placement testing options. To schedule an advising appointment, log in to the myEFSC portal, then go to the "EFSC Student Applications" section. From the dropdown list, choose and launch "Student Services Appointment."
- If you would like to update your major, submit a Major Change Form via the Student Document Dropbox. As a Dual Enrollment student, your major may have been restricted; upon graduating from high school, you are eligible to select a different major.
- Log in to your myEFSC portal to confirm that your mailing address is accurate. The "Update Address" link is under the "Quick Links" section.
You can also watch the replay of our virtual workshop specifically for Dual Enrolled students transitioning from high school to college called "Making the Switch."
Question 13: If I am a current Dual Enrolled student, how can I register for Fall Term courses?
Due to the COVID-19-related EFSC and Brevard Public School closures, alternate virtual processes are in place for course registration that involve your high school guidance counselor or your parent if you are home-schooled.
Use the links below for information on how to register for Fall Term courses:
Question 14: Can I still apply for high school Dual Enrollment for Fall Term? (Updated 6/9)
High school students can still apply for Dual Enrollment through a virtual process that involves their high school guidance counselor or their parent if they are home-schooled.
Use the links below for information on how to get started, plus the alternate processes in place due to COVID-19 for eligibility, the application process, course readiness measures and registration, plus virtual orientation for prospective Dual Enrollment students:
Question 15: Will I be able to participate in an internship Fall Term? (Added 6/15)
The College is looking into remote Internship opportunities for the Fall Term. Some face-to-face internships will be available as long as the internship site is open to allowing the in-person experience.
Question 16: Will I be permitted to participate in Service-Learning activities and earn credit for those Fall Term? (Added 6/15)
The College is looking into remote service-learning activities for the fall term. Some opportunities may be held face-to-face if the site is willing to accept students for in-person volunteer projects.
Question 17: I prefer Face-to-Face classes because I don't do well in online classes. If my class does move online, what resources are available to help me prepare?
Visit our Resources to Keep Learning page for advice, tips and links to information about making the transition from Face-to-Face classes to learning remotely in an online environment.
Students can also schedule a virtual meeting with an EFSC Success Coach/Advisor, who can help them with the transition to online classes. They are available Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 5:30 PM through email, telephone or Live Chat. Get more info about connecting with a Success Coach.
Question 18: What tutoring support will there be this fall if my courses cannot be held on campus? (Updated 8/20)
Free tutoring for EFSC students is provided through EFSC's Academic Success Centers (ASC) and Writing Centers, which are located on each of our four campuses.
Tutors will provide their services online through Microsoft Teams in Math, Science, Writing, Business and Computers, with hours Monday through Friday.
Microsoft Teams is part of our Outlook 365 student email package, so every student
has access to Teams for free.
Visit our How to Access Virtual Tutoring web page to see the remote process currently in place for Summer Term, and that will be available throughout Fall term.
Starting in mid-August, ASC and Writing Center tutors also began offering limited on-campus tutoring options by appointment only, with safety protocols and a facial covering requirement in place. See more information about making on-campus tutoring appointments.
The Academic Success Centers are ready to help students succeed during this challenging time, so please reach out if you have questions.
Question 19: If I took a grade of Incomplete for Spring Term and want to make it up in the fall, is there a charge for that? What is the process for registering so I am not charged for the class?
Students will not re-register for the class, so there is no cost for making up the coursework. It is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor to complete the work so the Incomplete grade can be changed.
Question 20: What about hands-on Career and Technical, Health Sciences, Nursing and Public Safety programs this fall? Are there changes to those? (Updated 6/15)
Currently, students can apply and register for EFSC's hands-on programs. As explained in Question 4, we plan to hold on-campus courses in these hands-on programs. Final decisions will be made based on state and federal health guidance in place at the time a program is scheduled to begin.
Students should visit the web sections using the links below and contact the advisors for each program for specific guidance and assistance with the special application process required for many hands-on EFSC programs.
Question 21: If I want to earn credit via a CLEP test, is that available?
The Assessment Centers are offering College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) by appointment only in a small, socially distanced setting at the Melbourne Campus Assessment Center. See more information on CLEP and DSST test appointments.
Contact CLEP Services directly for an extension on your CLEP test ticket, if already purchased, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with "Exam Voucher – Coronavirus" in the subject line – or by calling 800-257-9558.
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