Student Resources

Valencia offers multiple options to support students who have been impacted by the hurricane.



Hurricane Response Resources

In-State Tuition, Reduced Rates and Assistance for Impacted Students

The recent hurricanes have greatly impacted many individuals and families. In the wake of these disasters, Valencia College is offering in-state tuition, reduced rates and assistance to students that are residents of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and affected Caribbean islands.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Will Valencia College accept students from Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other Caribbean countries who have been displaced by hurricane Maria?
    Yes, and Valencia will waive the application fee.


  1. Can I apply and register for classes if I do not have high school or previous college transcripts?
    Yes. Advisors will assist students with academic planning and registration based upon the information you have.


  1. When can I apply to Valencia College and begin classes?
    Students may apply any time. Students can begin classes as early as Spring 2018. The Spring semester begins on January 8, 2018. In-person and online classes are available.


  1. Is Valencia College offering in-state tuition to displaced students?
    Students displaced by hurricane Maria will pay in-state tuition and fees.


  1. Will I be able to receive financial aid at Valencia College?
    Valencia College will help all students with financial aid resources, including scholarships and tuition payment plans.


  1. How do I get started?
    Call our Enrollment Services Center at 407-582-1507, or complete this short form and an Enrollment Advisor will contact you about next steps.


Current Students
  1. I am experiencing stress and anxiety from the impact of the hurricane. What resources does Valencia College provide?
    Valencia offers in person counseling support to help students address their needs and guide them to appropriate resources. Counselors are available on campus during normal business hours. Confidential, mental health counseling is available 24/7 via phone by BayCare Student Assistance Program at 1-800-878-5470. A Valencia counselor or an Enrollment Services Advisor can connect you to in-person, confidential counseling through BayCare if needed.


  1. What should I do if I missed a test/assignment due to the hurricane?
    First, speak with your professor directly to determine if there is a make-up option or deadline extension. Second, speak to your academic advisor for additional support options.


  1. What assistance is Valencia providing if I am having trouble paying for classes because of the hurricane?
    Please speak with your advisor for additional support resources.


  1. I have a concern that is not addressed. Who can assist me?
    Please visit an Answer Center on any campus, contact Enrollment Services at 407-582-1507, or by e-mail at enroll@valenciacollege.edu from your Atlas e-mail, or connect with an advisor online at advising@valenciacollege.edu.

International Students

International Students

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Future Students
  1. I am a citizen of a country other than the United States and have been impacted by the recent hurricanes. I want to attend Valencia College in the future. Am I eligible for the waiver of out-of-state tuition?
    Individuals who are not U.S. citizens, are seeking to study at Valencia College, and who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes may be eligible for a waiver of out-of-state tuition. Please follow the directions in question three for assistance with this process.


  1. For what timeframe is the out-of-state tuition waiver being offered for impacted international students?
    Currently the waiver of out-of-state tuition is available for the Spring 2018 semester. A decision to extend the offer to future terms will be made in the spring.


  1. What documents do I need to submit in order take advantage of the waiver of out-of-state tuition?
    In addition to following the regular international student application requirements, you will to need to provide a document that confirms you lived in one of the affected areas. This could include a driver’s license, government issued ID, insurance paperwork, tax documents, or transcripts.


  1. Can I transfer my foreign college credits to Valencia College?
    In order to transfer your foreign college credits, you must have your transcripts/diplomas evaluated by an affiliated member of NACES. You should obtain “course by course” evaluations. The evaluations may be used for transfer credit consideration, fulfillment of Valencia College pre-requisites, or waiving of the foreign language requirement. You are responsible for paying any fees associated with the credential evaluation process. Students coming from foreign institutions recognized by U.S. regional accreditation bodies do not need to have their credentials evaluated.


Current Students
  1. I am experiencing stress and anxiety from the impact of the hurricane. What resources does Valencia provide?
    Valencia offers in person counseling support to help students address their needs and guide them to appropriate resources. Counselors are available on campus during normal business hours. Confidential, mental health counseling is available 24/7 via phone by BayCare Student Assistance Program at 1-800-878-5470. A Valencia counselor or an International Student Advisor from the ISS Office can connect you to in-person, confidential counseling through BayCare if needed.


  1. What should I do if I missed a test/assignment due to the hurricane?
    First, speak with your professor directly to determine if there is a make-up option or deadline extension. Second, speak with your International Student Advisor in the ISS Office for additional support options.


  1. What assistance is Valencia providing if I am having trouble paying for classes because of the hurricane?
    Please speak with your International Student Advisor in the ISS Office for additional support resources.


  1. I have a concern that is not addressed.  Who can assist me?
    Please contact the International Student Services Office at ISS@valenciacollege.edu.

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  1. What type of language programs do you offer?
    We offer programs in English (ESOL), Spanish, and Portuguese.


  1. What is an accelerated program?
    These are industry-specific programs that can be completed in a short period of time in a variety of areas including advanced manufacturing, construction, medical/healthcare, and public safety.  In certain programs, job placement services are provided.


  1. I was impacted by the hurricane and want to attend Valencia in the future. How do I find out if I am eligible to receive a reduced rate in one of the language courses/accelerated programs?
    Contact the Continuing Education-Client Service Center (407-582-6688) over the phone, or in person at one of our three campus locations to find out which program best fits your needs. They will be able to tell you if a reduced rate is available for that course or program.


  1. What documents do I need to submit in order take advantage of the reduced rates?
    Once you select your course/program, you can visit one of Valencia’s Client Service Centers to provide a document that confirms you lived in one of the affected areas. This could include a driver’s license, FEMA documents, tax documents, or transcripts.


  1. Is there any kind of financial assistance available? In addition to offering reduced rates for select programs, Valencia offers a variety of discounts and payment plans for languages and accelerated programs.


  1. Do I need to fill out an application form?
    Application forms are not necessary.


  1. How long are these courses?
    Courses range from one day to 2-3 months.


  1. What kind of schedule options do you have?
    We have daytime, evening, and Saturday schedules.


  1. Where are your classes located?
    Courses are offered at multiple campus locations, including the Advanced Manufacturing Center, Lake Nona Campus, Osceola Campus, Poinciana Campus, School of Public Safety (East Campus) and West Campus.


  1. When do classes start?
    Classes start monthly.

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