Admissions & Records
Steps to Enroll
- Apply For Admission and Financial Aid
- Create Your Atlas Account
- Take Entry Testing & Attend New Student Orientation
- Register for Classes & Pay Tuition and Fees
- Get Your Student Identification Card and Parking Decal
- Buy Your Books & Go To Class
Step 1: Apply For Admission and Financial Aid
Apply via the online Application for Admission.
Financial Aid Services
It is suggested that you complete your financial aid application prior to the Financial
Aid Priority Deadline (deadlines can be found in our online Important Dates & Deadlines calendar). You can still apply for financial aid after the deadline, but you are not guaranteed
to receive aid in time to pay for classes. Please see the Financial Aid Services web site for more information about financial aid.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Allow at least 6 weeks for your FAFSA to be processed. Valencia's
school code is 006750.
- To receive financial aid, you must be pursuing an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree, an Associate
in Science (A.S.) degree, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, or an eligible Vocational Training Certificate program approved for financial aid.
- Submit all official transcripts (high school and/or college) to Valencia College.
First Time in College Students: Request your official final
high school transcript showing your date of graduation from high school or proof of your GED. You will be classified as a non-degree-seeking student until your official final high school transcript has been received.
Transfer Students: Request official transcripts
from all colleges that you ever attended. It is suggested that you also have
your official final high school transcript or proof of your GED sent to Valencia. College transcripts must be received and evaluated before aid will be awarded.
Step 2: Create Your Atlas Account
- Atlas is Valencia's online learning community that connects faculty, students, and staff to the resources they need to succeed at Valencia. Students can obtain very important information regarding registration, financial aid, and course planning in their Atlas account. Students will also have an Atlas email account which is Valencia's official means of communication with students.
- Click here for Atlas. Once at the Atlas log-in page, click on the "Sign up for an account" link and follow the prompts to create your account. Your Atlas account can be created 3 - 5 business days after your application has been submitted. The only information you need in order to create your Atlas account is your name, Valencia Identification Number (VID) or Social Security Number (SSN), and your date of birth. Be sure to save your Atlas username and password in a safe place. Atlas will be very important for the New Student Orientation and registration steps that follow.
If you need assistance with your Atlas account please visit one of our Atlas Access Labs.
Step 3: Take Entry Testing & Attend New Student Orientation
- Every student's academic placement depends on their previous academic background. Some degree-seeking students may have to complete additional assessments for placement in courses or may submit scores from previously taken assessments. Proof of completed college-level courses in math and English may be substituted for portions of the assessment. Or, if you have taken the ACT, CPT, PERT, and/or SAT within the last two years and obtained satisfactory scores you may waive assessment in those skill areas.
- We have prepared an online course through Blackboard which will help you understand which assessments or reviews you will need to take prior to signing up for New Student Orientation. You may take these reviews from home or at any Valencia Assessment Center. Click here for directions on how to get to your Blackboard account.
New Student Orientation
- After you have completed your assessment, sign up for a mandatory New Student Orientation session via your Atlas account.
- Attend New Student Orientation. At orientation we will review Valencia's degree programs, degree requirements, policies and procedures, and how your placement test impacts your first term course selection. If your official college transcripts have not yet been received by Valencia, to ensure proper advisement, you will need to bring an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) with you to your orientation session. During orientation you will meet with an Academic Advisor to develop an education plan and select classes.
Step 4: Register for Classes & Pay Tuition and Fees
- You register for classes online through your Atlas account by clicking on the Registration tab and then selecting Register for Classes.
- Check your Florida Residency status in Atlas by clicking on the Registration tab, selecting Transcripts, Grades & Holds, and then selecting Student Information. All new and readmit students (you are a readmit student if you have not attended classes at Valencia in two or more years) are classified as non-Florida Residents at the time of admission/re-admission to the College. To be considered for Florida Residency and thus be eligible for in-state tuition & fees, be sure to complete the Statement of Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes form.
- Due to state and federal regulations, Valencia College requires all students registered in an online course to reside in Florida and to provide a mailing address in the state of Florida. If you do not have a mailing address in Florida, you will be deleted from any online course(s) in which you register. You do not need to be a Florida Resident for Tuition Purposes to register for online courses but the active mailing address on your Valencia College student record must be in the state of Florida.
- After registering for classes, you may also pay for your classes through your Atlas account. If you wish to pay in person, visit the Business Office. Credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa) and cash, check, or money order payments are accepted in a drop box after business
- A Tuition Installment Plan (TIP) is available for students who need assistance with managing their education expenses.
- IMPORTANT: If you have applied for financial aid
and are awaiting word on your eligibility, you will need to pay for classes yourself
by the Fee Payment Deadline (see the Important Dates & Deadlines calendar for Fee Payment Deadlines) or your classes will be dropped for non-payment. If you are currently
receiving financial aid, check with the Answer Center to ensure that all paperwork
has been received and that you will not be dropped from your classes.
- Tuition & Fee Schedule
Step 5: Get Your Student Identification Card and Parking Decal
- You must show a paid receipt of classes and a photo I.D. in order to receive
your student identification card. To obtain your student I.D., go to Student
- Parking decals are free and required for all students. The parking decal
can be requested via your Atlas account.
Step 6: Buy Your Books & Go To Class
Purchase Your Books
- Print your Student Detail Schedule from your Atlas account and take it to
the Bookstore or purchase your books online.
Go to Class(es)
See the online Important Dates & Deadlines calendar for the dates that classes begin.
- Your Student Detail Schedule from your Atlas account includes the day(s), time, and
location of your class(es).
- Note: Students are required to attend the first day that each class meets
or they may be withdrawn as a "no show" and will still be responsible
for the cost of the class(es).