Please note that answers will be updated and questions added as needed, with the date of the change or addition noted. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and providing accurate information to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and campuses is our top priority. Additional information regarding NWFSC’s COVID-19/Coronavirus Response Plan will be adjusted as needed.
Click each FAQ to reveal the answer.
Student Coronavirus Questions
Higher Education Emergency Relief
Northwest Florida State College is participating in the Higher Education Economic Relief grant for students. If you are experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 and meet the eligibility requirements, we encourage you to submit an application for funding.
These funds will be sent directly to BankMobile via your refund preference. Please make sure you have selected a refund preference with BankMobile if you submit a grant application. You can check BankMobile here.
UPDATE as of October 13, 2020:
- Total amount of funds NWFSC received: $1,265,250.00
- Total amount of emergency aid distributed to students as of December 20, 2020: $1,265,250.00
- Estimated total number of students eligible to receive emergency aid for Fall 2020: 1695
- Total number of students who have received emergency aid: 863
- HEERF Quarterly Full Report – September 2020
- HEERF Quarterly Full Report – December 2020
Eligibility Requirements per the Department of Education
- Students must have completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA
- Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA):
- U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen;
- Valid Social Security number;
- Registration with Selective Service (if the student is male);
- A high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.
- Be currently registered for Fall 2020 term.
- Not owe a refund on title IV grants or Not be in default on title IV loan or have fraudulently obtained or received title IV loans, or in excess of annual or aggregate limits
- Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations
- Students who have already received an emergency grant prior to September 1, 2020 are eligible.
Additionally, the amount of funds you will be eligible to receive will be based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as calculated by your FAFSA. If you are unsure what your EFC number is, please login to your FAFSA account and review your 2020-2021 application.
Students are encouraged to follow the directives of their site-based supervisors and instructors, to the extent the student is comfortable doing so. Please communicate with your instructor(s) if you have concerns.
Dual enrollment students are expected to follow the same instructions provided to all NWFSC students. Be certain to refer to your schedule in RaiderNet to confirm course meeting times.
August 19, 2020 is the first day of classes for Session 1 and 2 courses. Dual enrollment students are expected to follow the college calendar, even if their high school has pushed back the first day of classes. You can find details of the academic calendar through the following link: NWFSC Academic Calendar 2020-2021.
Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
Registration forms for public/private school students should be emailed by their high school counselor. Homeschool students should contact the Dual Enrollment department for registration information.
How will this impact events held at NWFSC, including upcoming college events, musical events, athletic events, and community events using College facilities? (updated: 07/14/2020)
I have questions about my degree plan and want to connect with a Navigator. How can I reach one? (Updated: 08/13/2020)
For additional information, please call (850) 502-2895 to speak with a Student Success Navigator during normal business hours.
The NWFSC Wellness/Fitness Center in Raider Arena is close for general use by students, employees and the public for the foreseeable future.
Arrangements for these courses will be addressed in consultation with academic leadership. Students should check their College email and Blackboard courses for information specific to each class.
On March 2, 2021, Northwest Florida State College was notified that a member of the campus community tested positive for COVID-19. In coordination with local health officials, the College has identified the days and locations this person was on campus. With that information, all individuals who potentially had contact with the person were notified. In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health officials, Northwest Florida State College has developed protocols for dealing with positive cases and is following those protocols.
From March 13, 2020 – February 28, 2021, there have been 57 COVID-19 confirmed positive cases.
At this time, NWFSC campuses and centers are open access. All employees, students, and visitors are required to wear a mask or face covering that covers the nose and mouth while on college property and social distancing is encouraged. (Please note that face shields do not meet this standard.)
- Hurlburt Field Center: Visitors to the Hurlburt Field Center will be required to follow the Education Services Center guidelines.
NWFSC personnel will have masks available if you do not have one.
When will the NWFSC Child Development and Education Center (CDEC) preschool reopen? (Updated: 08/13/2020)
The NWFSC Child Development and Education Center (CDEC) will reopen September 1, 2020
Where can I find the latest information about Northwest Florida State College’s response to COVID-19?
The latest information about Northwest Florida State College’s response to COVID-19 is available on our Coronavirus Updates page.
Please contact the Veterans Success Center by calling (850) 502-2895 during normal business hours.
Who do I contact if I have questions about the impact these changes have on my financial aid? (Updated: 08/13/2020)
People who have tested positive for COVID-19.
If you had a positive COVID-19 test AND have remained asymptomatic, you may discontinue isolation when at least 10 days have passed since your first positive COVID-19 test. If you test positive for COVID-19 and HAVE symptoms, then you must self-isolate for 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of symptoms.
People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 – excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months.
People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
What counts as close contact?
- You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
- You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged/kissed them)
- You shared eating or drinking utensils
- They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
Steps to take
- Self-quarantine for 14 days, if the person (close contact) reports no symptoms
- Watch for fever (100.4 F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19
The Barnes & Noble bookstore and the Starbucks Coffee Shop is open for text book pick-ups (for Dual Enrollment students) and limited grab-n-go items beginning August 12. Students may place textbook orders online and have them shipped via ground (at no cost to the student) or pay for expedited shipping.
The Raider Café will be open for grab-n-go items only beginning August 10, 2020.
Full menu and updated hours (Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) including Continental Breakfast & Coffee Club Promotion will begin on August 24, 2020.
Will the Susan Myers Learning Resource Center (library services and tutoring services) remain open? (Updated: 08/07/2020)
All library services and academic support services can be accessed online. Students are encouraged to use these web-based support services to help with social distancing.
Learning Commons will be open:
Monday –Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (in-person and virtual support)
Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (in-person and virtual support)
After hours and weekends (virtual support)
The College provides students with access to a host of electronic resources, online databases, eBooks, and Films on Demand. Visit The LRC’s website to find these resources and to connect virtually with library staff for support.
Yes, hand sanitizer will be available across all campus and center locations by the start of classes on August 19, 2020.