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OWCC Offers In-State Fees to Alabama Residents


Alabama residents will soon be eligible for in-state fees at Okaloosa-Walton Community College. Instead of the regular out-of-state tuition of $171.85 per credit, Alabama residents will pay $45.55 per credit -- the in-state fee, plus a $1 per credit border state fee.

OWCC trustees approved the new fee structure based on a Florida law that takes effect in January 2003. Under the new law, Florida public colleges that are located in counties that border another state may elect to offer in-state tuition fees to residents of the bordering state. Normally, out-of-state tuition is four times the in-state rate.

"OWCC tuition is already the lowest in Florida of any public college, so the new fee will potentially be attractive to many south Alabama residents since O-W operates branch centers just miles from the Alabama border in north Crestview and in DeFuniak Springs," said Barbara Jones, director of the college's Chautauqua Center.

Jones said the college's northwest Florida centers and even OWCC's main campus in Niceville are often located closer than an Alabama school to many south Alabama residents. "Additionally, because OWCC offers more than 1,000 courses per term and has a variety of degree options and technical training, the programs at OWCC may be the right educational choice for many," Jones said.

While Alabama residents may download the admissions application and a special Alabama resident declaration form from the OWCC web site, Chris Bishop, college registrar, notes that Alabama students must enroll in person in order to be designated for the new in-state fees.

"To get the Alabama students properly enrolled under the new fee structure, we ask that they enroll in-person the first term they attend OWCC," said Bishop. "Our popular web registration will be available to Alabama students for any subsequent term in which they enroll." A special section of the OWCC web site at provides additional details, fee payment information and links to appropriate forms.

Alabama residents may enroll for the college's Spring Term from December 9 to 17 and January 2, 3 and 6 at all six college locations. OWCC Spring classes begin January 7 and February 27.

Okaloosa-Walton Community College is part of Florida's system of 28 public community colleges. The college enrolls more than 15,000 students annually and offers 2-year Associate degrees that transfer to upper-division universities nationwide. Short-term career training such as professional certification for MCSE and MCSA computer networking, and degree programs in computer engineering, computer drafting, graphic design and more than 40 other career fields are also offered. A bachelor's degree program in cooperation with the University of West Florida is housed at the OWCC Niceville campus. Courses via the Internet, fast-track terms and new health technologies programs in Registered Nursing, dental assisting and medical coding are also available.

For information, visit or call the OWCC Chatauqua Center in DeFuniak Springs, located at 908 US Highway 90 West, phone (850) 892-8100 or the OWCC Sikes Center in Crestview, located at 805 US Highway 90 East, phone (850) 689-7911.

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