Parents and Families of Future Students
We’re not just any college, and your student is not just any student. Valencia College helps them get guaranteed admission to one of Florida’s state universities, offers flexible classes that work with their schedule and provides tuition assistance.
We’ve put together a variety of helpful resources and links to reference as your student prepares to start Valencia College.
Steps to Enroll
With eight locations across Orange and Osceola counties, there’s bound to be a Valencia College campus that’s convenient for your student. The best way to get a sense of what we’re really like is to stop by for a visit. Take a virtual tour or sign up for an upcoming information session to learn more and see why Valencia College is right for your student.
Since orientation is for new students only, we welcome parents, family and friends to your own information session because you play such an important role in your student’s success. Topics include educational support resources, residency, financial aid, campus safety and more. Learn About Parent and Family Orientation Information Sessions
Pay for Classes
There are various types of financial aid that may be available to your student. One option is an interest-free tuition installment plan (TIP) that allows your student to pay for tuition and book expenses over time, rather than one lump sum. Scholarships are another form of financial aid, which are awarded based on factors such as academic talent, special interests or financial need, and do not require repayment.
Once your student enrolls in their classes, registration fees must be paid by the Fee Payment Deadline provided in the Important Dates and Deadlines calendar, located on the online official catalog. If payment is not made in full by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline date for the term, your student may be dropped from their classes.
Before the start of classes, have your student print out their Student Detail Schedule found in Atlas. Bring this information to a campus bookstore or visit the online bookstore to purchase books and other class materials. After that, they’re all set to start classes. Review the Important Dates and Deadlines calendar for details ranging from the start of the semester and holidays to the drop/refund deadline and final exam schedules.
Help Your Student Succeed
Be informed about important college dates and deadlines for things like orientation, financial aid, payment deadlines, registration, holidays, final exams and more.
For a list of dates and deadlines by term, visit the Academic Calendar. You can even subscribe to the calendar for reminders.
There are many different services available to help your student throughout their academic journey. Even before becoming a Valencia College student, the Answer Center is available to help with questions they may have about the admissions process, residency and financial aid.
After starting classes at the college, there are free tutoring services in all subject areas to help your student succeed. Math, reading and writing support is offered on all campuses, while other subjects vary from campus to campus.
If a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida is your goal, then DirectConnect™ to UCF will get you there. DirectConnect™ to UCF guarantees* Valencia College graduates’ admission and a smooth transition to UCF. (*consistent with university policy)
If you and your student are ready to take the next step, we’re here to help. Our dedicated Enrollment Services team is available to answer all your questions and guide you through the entire admissions process.
Monday – Friday 10am - 5pm
Your Student’s Privacy
Valencia College is committed to the protection and confidentiality of our students’ educational records, adhering to guidelines established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
As a partner in your student’s educational goals, we recognize that you want to help them in any way possible. However, information pertaining to student educational records, including their college application, financial aid or course grades cannot be shared by phone or other correspondence without your student’s consent.