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Become a Raider

An Affordable, Diverse Program Offering

Northwest Florida State College offers a variety of different degree and certificate options to help you become successful. Whether you are planning on pursuing a Bachelor’s degree, looking to improve your job skills or entering a new career field, NWF State College will get you there faster while also paying among the lowest tuition in the state.

NWFSC is part of Florida’s public community college system and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Easy Application Process

NWF State College has an open-door admissions policy and accepts applications year round. See the college catalog admissions section for complete admissions policies and certain restrictions. Our application is free and only takes a few minutes to complete. For a detailed walk-through of the application process, please watch our video tutorial.

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit your transcripts.
  3. Fill out the FAFSA.
  4. Submit your test scores.
  5. Meet with a Student Success Navigator.
  6. Register and pay for classes.

Welcome to Raider Central

We’re so excited about your interest in being a Raider! Our Student Success Navigators would love to help guide you through the application process as well as plan out your academic goals. In addition, our experienced advisors can introduce you to the resources available throughout our campuses. Walk-ins are permitted at several locations, although appointments are preferred so you can receive prompt service.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Of course! We provide campus tours by appointment, as well as during student orientation. To sign up for a campus tour, please complete this form.

You’ll need to fill out an application with FAFSA, using the school’s code: 001510. You may also visit the Financial Aid office on campus.

Active Duty

In addition to the basic application process mentioned above, active-duty military should request a Tuition Assistance form through the military portal, or by contacting their base’s Education Office. This form should be completed and submitted to NWF State College at any campus location. Once submitted, the remaining tuition fees can be paid on RaiderNet.


Student veterans and eligible family members should visit the Veterans Success Center at the Niceville Main Campus for information on how to apply for VA education benefits. To learn more about the services provided at the Veterans Success Center, visit

Student success is our number one priority here at NWF State College. In addition to free tutoring, we also offer:

  • Career counseling
  • Disability support services
  • Testing center
  • Open computer labs
  • Reading to Learn textbook reading strategies
  • Susan Myers Learning Resources Center (Library)
  • Online campus & student access

We have a very versatile program offering to help each student meet his or her educational goals. Many of our students pursue a two-year Associates degree in Arts or Science, or earn their four-year degree in our successful bachelor’s degree programs. Please visit the Academics page for a list of programs available to study.

You can apply any time! However, if you are accepted and wish to be registered for the following semester, there are a number of requirements you need to meet, such as meeting with your advisor, taking any necessary placement tests, and so on. It is recommended that you apply as early as possible to allow yourself enough time to complete all of these pre-semester requirements.