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Please note that answers will be updated and questions added as needed, with the date of the change or addition noted. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and providing accurate information to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and campuses is our top priority. Additional information regarding NWFSC’s COVID-19/Coronavirus Response Plan will be adjusted as needed.

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Student Coronavirus Questions

Northwest Florida State College is open with access to students and for pre-approved public events.

Temperature checks will be conducted prior to entering all campus/center locations. Those with a temperature of 100 degrees or more will be asked to return home and not revisit campus until being fever-free for 24 hours with no medication.

All employees, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth while on college property. (Please note that face shields do not meet this standard.) The following safety measures upon entry at each campus/center location:  

Niceville campus: Temperature and mask checks will be conducted prior to entering the Niceville campus. A college or government ID must be presented at the time of entry. Masks will be provided if the individual does not have one.  

Fort Walton Beach campus: Temperature and mask checks will be conducted via a kiosk prior to entering the Fort Walton Beach campus. A college or government ID must be presented at the time of entry. Masks will be provided if the individual does not have one.  

Chautauqua Center, Robert L.F. Sikes Center, and South Walton Center:  All visitors (employees, students, etc.) are required to check-in at the administrative office for each center.  Check-in requires a college or government ID as well as a temperature check via a kiosk system.  

Hurlburt Field Center: Visitors to the Hurlburt Field Center will be required to follow the Education Services Center guidelines. 

NWFSC personnel will have masks available if you do not have one.

Please check nwfraiders.com for NWF Raider athletic event updates and mattiekellyartscenter.org for Mattie Kelly Arts Center event updates.

The latest information about Northwest Florida State College’s response to COVID-19 is available on our Coronavirus Updates page.

The NWFSC Child Development and Education Center (CDEC) will reopen September 1, 2020

Dual enrollment students are expected to follow the same instructions provided to all NWFSC students.  Be certain to refer to your schedule in RaiderNet to confirm course meeting times.

August 19, 2020 is the first day of classes for Session 1 and 2 courses.  Dual enrollment students are expected to follow the college calendar, even if their high school has pushed back the first day of classes.  You can find details of the academic calendar through the following link: NWFSC Academic Calendar 2020-2021.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

Registration Information

Registration forms for public/private school students should be emailed by their high school counselor. Homeschool students should contact the Dual Enrollment department for registration information.

Please contact the Veterans Success Center by calling (850) 502-2895 during normal business hours.

Students are encouraged to follow the directives of their site-based supervisors and instructors, to the extent the student is comfortable doing so. Please communicate with your instructor(s) if you have concerns.

Arrangements for these courses will be addressed in consultation with academic leadership. Students should check their College email and Blackboard courses for information specific to each class.

If you are in need of taking a test, please fill out our remote testing request form. You will be contacted by staff to schedule your test either remotely or in person. If you have specific questions, please contact the Testing Center by emailing [email protected] or calling (850) 729-6016.

The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) staff is ready to help. Submit a ticket to request support at [email protected] or call (850) 729-6464 for assistance during normal business hours.

For a full list of hours and ways to connect with a Student Success Navigator, please visit NWFSC’s COVID-19 Response page.

For a full list of hours and ways to connect with a Student Success Navigator, please visit NWFSC’s COVID-19 Response page.

Transcripts will only be available electronically or through mail until further notice. Please visit our Transcripts page or call (850) 502-2895 to speak with a Student Success Navigator if you have any other questions.

All library services and academic support services can be accessed online. Students are encouraged to use these web-based support services to help with social distancing.

Learning Commons will be open:

Monday –Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (in-person and virtual support)

Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (in-person and virtual support)

After hours and weekends (virtual support)

The College provides students with access to a host of electronic resources, online databases, eBooks, and Films on Demand. Visit The LRC’s website to find these resources and to connect virtually with library staff for support.

For additional information, please call (850) 502-2895 to speak with a Student Success Navigator during normal business hours.

Higher Education Emergency Relief

Northwest Florida State College is participating in the Higher Education Economic Relief grant for students. If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 and meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to submit an application for funding.

These funds will be sent directly to BankMobile via your refund preference. Please make sure you have selected a refund preference with BankMobile if you submit a grant application. You can check BankMobile here.

UPDATE as of August 13, 2020:

  • Total amount of funds NWFSC received: $1,265,250.00
  • Total amount of emergency aid distributed to students as of August 13, 2020: $446,805.00
  • Estimated total number of students eligible to receive emergency aid for Spring 2020: 1270
  • Total number of students who have received emergency aid: 498

Eligibility Requirements per the Department of Education

  • Students must have completed a 2019-2020 FASFA
  • Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA):
    • U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen;
    • Valid Social Security number;
    • Registration with Selective Service (if the student is male);
    • A high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
    • Be currently registered for either Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020 terms.
    • Not owe a refund on title IV grants or Not be in default on title IV loan or have fraudulently obtained or received title IV loans, or in excess of annual or aggregate limits
    • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations
  • Those students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program prior to March 13, 2020, the date of the President’s Proclamation, are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants.
  • Students who have already received an emergency grant prior to March 13, 2020 are also not eligible.

Additionally, the amount of funds you will be eligible to receive will be based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by your FAFSA. If you are unsure what your EFC number is, please login to your FAFSA account and review your 2019-2020 application.

EFC Potential Award
0-1999 $1000
2000-3999 $1000
4000-5999 $1000
6000-7999 $900
8000-10000 $750
> 10,000 $500

 

The bookstore will be open for you to pick up your textbooks in person beginning August 12, 2020. You can find detailed instructions on the Dual Enrollment Textbook Pick-Up Info flyer.

  • Dual Enrollment textbooks will be ready for pick-up:
    • 3 to 4 business days from when you enrolled in a course.
  • You must provide your NWFSC Student ID and printout of your course schedule.
    • Parents can pick up textbooks for their students with the above listed items.
    • Textbooks can be returned from Spring and Summer semesters.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

On September 22, 2020, Northwest Florida State College was notified that a member of the campus community tested positive for COVID-19. In coordination with local health officials, the College has identified the days and locations this person was on campus. With that information, all individuals who potentially had contact with the person were notified. In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials, Northwest Florida State College has developed protocols for dealing with positive cases and is following those protocols.

On September 14, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

On September 10, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

On September 9, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

On August 20, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

On August 17, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

On August 15, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

On August 9, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

On August 6, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

On July 7, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

On June 30, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

On March 15, 2020 the College was notified that an individual who had been on the Niceville Campus the previous week tested positive for COVID-19.

All employees, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth while on college property. (Please note that face shields do not meet this standard.) The following safety measures upon entry at each campus/center location: 

  • Niceville campus: Temperature and mask checks will be conducted prior to entering the Niceville campus. The main entrance is open for entry and exit. The Athletics/West entrance is open from 7am-12pm for employee entry. A college or government ID must be presented at the time of entry. Masks will be provided if the individual does not have one. 
  • Fort Walton Beach campus: Temperature and mask checks will be conducted prior to entering the Fort Walton Beach campus. A college or government ID must be presented at the time of entry. Masks will be provided if the individual does not have one. 
  • Chautauqua Center, Robert L.F. Sikes Center, and South Walton Center:  All visitors (employees, students, etc.) are required to check in at the administrative office for each center.  Check-in requires a college or government ID as well as a temperature check via a kiosk system. 
  • Hurlburt Field Center: Visitors to the Hurlburt Field Center will be required to follow the Education Services Center guidelines.

Yes, hand sanitizer will be available across all campus and center locations by the start of classes on August 19, 2020.

The Barnes & Noble bookstore and the Starbucks Coffee Shop is open for text book pick-ups (for Dual Enrollment students) and limited grab-n-go items beginning August 12.  Students may place textbook orders online anhave them shipped via ground (at no cost to the student) or pay for expedited shipping.

The Raider Café will be open for grab-n-go items only beginning August 10, 2020.

Full menu and updated hours (Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) including Continental Breakfast & Coffee Club Promotion will begin on August 24, 2020.

The NWFSC Wellness/Fitness Center in Raider Arena is close for general use by students, employees and the public for the foreseeable future.

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