Summer Term 2020 Info & Frequently Asked Questions
We want to share helpful information as you register for Summer Term courses at Eastern Florida State College. Most Summer 2020 classes originally planned as campus face-to-face classes have been converted to Live Online classes (See more details about this "Live Online" designation and what it means for students). Some classes, such as certain labs, clinicals and other courses requiring hands-on work, may meet in small groups with the instructor on the campus where the class is scheduled. Regular Eastern Florida Online classes remain unaffected and will run as scheduled. Review the info below for more details, plus our Virtual Student Services Guide. Our staff is ready to help you in every way possible, so contact your advisor or call, email or chat if you have questions. Our goal is to ensure your success.
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Question 1: Is financial aid available for summer? (Updated May 18 to include new CARES Act grant information)
Yes, financial aid is available for summer. Please review the summer financial aid page for full details.
Students enrolled for Summer Term may also be eligible for emergency grant funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Eastern Florida State College has received $4.4 million in emergency CARES grant funding that will be provided to students impacted by COVID-19. Eligibility and application information is available now at this link.
Information about the CARES grants was also emailed to students on May 18. The funding is to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare. Funding is limited and not guaranteed, but the college hopes to assist as many students as possible.
Question 2: When is the deadline to apply for summer financial aid?
The Financial Aid Priority Deadline is April 23, 2020.
Students may still apply for aid after the 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 fee due date. Students who miss the published payment deadlines should be prepared to pay in full or enroll in the tuition payment plan.
Question 3: I need placement testing to be able to finish applying for summer so I can register. How can I do that? (Updated 6/24)
Remote testing options are now in place for several placement tests, includings the College Credit Placement Test, TEAS and 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 remote testing page for more info on other testing availability.
To contact Assessement and Testing Services staff, visit the testing section of the Virtual Student Services Guide for more information.
Question 4: I need the TEAS or TABE test to apply for a Health Sciences, Nursing or Career program. How can I do that? (Updated 6/15)
As of June 1, a remote testing option for the TEAS test for health science and nursing program applicants is now available for registration, with virtual test sessions beginning on June 10. View the Remote TEAS Test Information and Registration Process.
As of June 15, a remote option is available for the TABE test for health sciences and vocational programs. View the Remote TABE Test Information, including how to request an exam.
Some Heath Science programs have extended application deadlines or are accepting applications with a contingency that testing be taken later. Email Health Sciences at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the specific program you're interested in.
Question 5: When I search the Class Schedule, it lists some courses as "Live Online," but with a designated day and time. What does this mean? (Updated 6/15)
The Class Schedule and Online Registration System include listings for some courses as "Live Online" and "Hybrid."
"Live Online" courses, with a designated day(s) of the week and time listed, are courses that transitioned from on-campus delivery. Those summer courses will be delivered in an online format, so students should choose the course section they prefer that best meets their schedule needs. These "Live Online" courses do still have a Campus location listed and you should factor that into course scheduling just in case any part of the course is approved to meet in person at some point during the summer. (See more on that issue in Question #6.)
A Summer 2020 "Live Online" class may be taught by the instructor during the time when the class is originally scheduled; students need to check with the instructor and review the course syllabus to determine if it will be taught that way. For this reason, Live Online classes are not considered part of Eastern Florida Online.
Be sure to the see the next question and answer for more important details about this topic, including hybrid classes. You can also review the Summer Term "Live Online" details page.
Question 6: If most classes are online, can I choose classes that are scheduled at the same time and do the coursework when it's convenient? (Updated 6/2)
Classes listed as "Live Online" or "Hybrid" in the registration system, with a designated day and time, and even the original Campus location listed, are being moved online and offered remotely. It's an important distinction when compared to a Summer 2020 course designated on the Class Schedule as "Online Course," without a designated day and time listed, as those traditional Eastern Florida Online courses are designed to be taken online at any time. Review all the information below to help with planning your course registration.
The instructor for a face-to-face or hybrid that moved 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. If that's the case in a Live Online class, students will log in to the class during the scheduled day(s) and time(s) to participate virtually. For this reason, 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 will determine how the live video and audio components of the class will work and when within the originally scheduled class time. Other elements of the class, such as certain assignments, will happen without real-time interaction between the student and instructor.
Some hybrid classes, such as certain labs, clinicals and other courses requiring hands-on work, may meet in small groups with the instructor on the campus where the class is scheduled, with any on-campus course components targeted for after July 1.
When building your schedule, please choose classes that fit together into a schedule without overlapping courses. Also factor in the Campus location listed for "Hybrid" and "Live Online" courses when registering for classes because if any components of the course are later allowed to take part in person, the Campus listed would be the location where the class meets.
Classes that meet on campus for any part of Summer 2020 will follow appropriate CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty.
Question 7: How do I get textbooks and course materials for summer classes if the Bookstore is closed?
With EFSC Campuses closed, our Bookstore vendor, Barnes and Noble, has also closed its on-campus stores until further notice. Many textbooks and course materials are available in a digital format. The bookstore also has a process in place to ship summer textbooks to a student's home when needed, with free ground shipping.
Review the Bookstore guidance below:
• Check to see if your course is part of EFSC's First Day Inclusive Access Program (FDIAP). This textbook savings program allows students in select courses to opt in for the e-delivery of textbooks through the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) at a 20% to 50% savings off the national retail price.
• Summer Term course materials are available to order on the Bookstore website, with free ground shipping as needed.
• The Book Voucher process is in place for Summer Term and can be used for online purchases on the Bookstore website.
• Dual Enrolled high school students will receive information from their high schools about their process for receiving textbooks.
• All homeschooled Dual Enrolled students will receive information via their Titan email about their process for receiving textbooks.
• Rental Textbooks can be returned in one shipment using the Bookstore's free shipping label process.
• Used textbooks can be sold back online.
Question 8: I prefer face-to-face classes because I don't do well in online classes. What resources are available to help me prepare to be an online student?
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 also can 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, phone message or Live Chat. Get more info about connecting with a Success Coach.
Question 9: What tutoring support will there be this summer with campuses closed?
EFSC's Academic Success Center (ASC) is tutoring online through Microsoft Teams in Math, Science, Writing, Business and Computers. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8 AM to 8 PM, and Friday 9 AM to 1 PM.
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 for more details.
The ASC stands ready to help students succeed during this challenging time. Please let us know if you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way! Click here for ASC contact information.
Question 10: If I took a grade of Incomplete for Spring Term and want to make it up in the summer, is there a charge for that? What is the process for registering so I am not charged for the class?
The student will not reregister for the course, 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 11: Could a class start online and then change to on-campus over the summer if the campuses can reopen?
At this point in time, we do not know what government and CDC guidelines will allow. Safety for our students, faculty and staff will guide any decisions about campuses reopening, as well as any changes to how classes are delivered.
If you registered for a class that was listed in the Class Schedule/Online Registration System as "Face-to-Face" or then changed to "Live Online," but with a specific day, time and room number listed, and if students are allowed to return to campus, it is possible that some portions of the class later in the summer could be held on-campus.
Question 12: I don't have technology at home to take online classes. Is there anything I can do?
We are working on solutions for this, so please check back often for updated information both here and in the Virtual Student Services Guide.
Question 13: What about Career and Technical programs this summer?
Summer Term Career and Technical programs also will conduct courses in an online format. There may be some face-to-face elements later in the Summer Term if CDC guidelines indicate it is safe to return to campus.
Question 14: Will there be hands-on Public Safety programs over the summer that require in-person training?
Yes. Because trained First Responders are a critical need during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Public Safety Institute has tentatively scheduled Law Enforcement, Fire Academy and advanced/specialty courses for the summer months. Prospective and current Public Safety Institute students should reach out to program contacts with specific questions.
Question 15: Will there be any Health Sciences programs over the summer that require in-person training, such as Dental, Nursing, etc.? Are there programs that cannot be held?
Many Health Sciences and Nursing courses can be held as online courses over the summer. If programs can safely hold in-person components later in the summer term, the instructor will notify students. Classes that still meet on campus for any part or all of a term in Summer 2020 will follow appropriate CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty. Current students should check with their program managers. For the impact on a particular program, visit the Health and Nursing web section, and reach out to an advisor if needed.
Question 16: If I want to earn credit via a CLEP test this summer, is that still available?
Until the Assessment Centers are open, all College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing at EFSC is suspended until further notice. CLEP has announced they have no plans to move this testing to a remote proctoring platform. Contact CLEP Services directly for an extension on your CLEP test ticket, if already purchased, by emailing email@example.com with "Exam Voucher – Coronavirus" in the subject line – or by calling 800-257-9558.
Question 17: I'm a graduating high school senior. Can I register for EFSC Summer Term classes?
If you are a graduating high school senior, you may be eligible to register for summer term courses at EFSC before the College receives your final transcript with graduation date.
Brevard Public School students should contact their high school guidance counselor to discuss the process and form required to register pending final transcripts. A virtual process for the "pending final transcripts" form is in place. Also 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.
Private school and home school students should contact EFSC Admissions to discuss the potential options.
Tuition payment for summer term courses is due by the fee deadline. For summer term financial aid options, visit the EFSC Financial Aid summer aid web section.
EFSC Call Center Info
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Quick Links and Resources
- View Summer 2020 Dates/Deadlines
- Virtual Tutoring
- Keep Learning Online Tips
- Success Coaches/Advisors
- EFSCares Student Counseling
- Financial Aid and Scholarships
- Admissions and Records
- EFSC Fall Term Reopening Plan
- Reopening Plan & COVID-19 Health/Safety FAQs