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Frequently Asked Questions

How do we know our son or daughter will get a good education at MDC?back to top

Just ask Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and others. In April 2005, Time published an article discussing the new programming available at cutting-edge institutions of higher education, such as MDC. And, if that’s not enough, check out the article in The Wall Street Journal published on March 4, 2006. The Journal featured the MDC chess team, which has been victorious over Ivy League and other prestigious teams, including Yale, Harvard, and Stanford. MDC is an excellent college, and we’re not the only ones saying so.

Does MDC offer an honors program?back to top

Yes. To apply for our prestigious Honors College, students must have a high school grade point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher. If their GPA is lower than 3.7, but they have test scores of 26 or higher on the ACT and 1800 or higher on the new SAT, they can still qualify for The Honors College. Students need to fill out the MDC admission application as well as a separate Honors College application. They also need to submit three letters of recommendation from teachers or school counselors and an essay.

What is financial aid?back to top

Financial aid is federal, state, or school money available to help meet educational expenses. Scholarships generally come from private sources, such as corporate, community, ethnic, religious, or veterans’ organizations. The main source of financial aid for MDC students is federal, based on need and income. In fact, MDC awards more Pell Grants than any other educational institution in the country. One of every 100 Pell Grants awarded nationally in public colleges and universities is given to a MDC student, and in Florida, one in every five. MDC also awards many “merit-based” scholarships. To find out more about our merit based scholarships and all of our financial aid options, go to the financial aid page.

Will my son or daughter qualify for financial aid, and how soon do we need to apply?back to top

Many of our students receive state and federal funding and scholarships. You can apply for financial aid using the Free Application form Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is used to determine eligibility for federal Pell Grants, loans, and other types of aid. The form can be completed online or you can pick up an application at the Financial Aid Office. Find out about other state or institutional support, including the Hope Tax Credit or the Lifetime Learning Tax Credit, both of which may be claimed when filing an income tax return. Learn more.

What are grants, loans, and work-study?back to top

Grants provide money for college students that do not have to be repaid. Loans are borrowed money that must be repaid. Work-study provides jobs for students with financial need.

What are scholarships, and are they only for top students?back to top

Scholarships don’t require repayment, and there are different kinds. The person, company, or organization offering the scholarship determines the eligibility criteria. Therefore, not all scholarships are for top students, but excellent grades usually are helpful.

What majors, degrees, and certificate programs are available at MDC?back to top

We offer more than 150 academic programs leading to the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.), and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in several fields, as well as numerous certificates. Look at a list of academic programs and also learn more about our distinguished Honors College.

What does it cost to attend MDC?back to top

Tuition information can be found on our tuition and fees page.

What does it cost to apply to MDC?back to top

The cost to apply is $20.

When are classes available?back to top

MDC leads the nation in offering flexible class schedules for students. In addition to a traditional schedule of day classes, we offer classes at night, and on weekends. Classes are scheduled on Friday evenings, and on Saturdays and Sundays, in morning or afternoon blocks. Students may also sign up for our Virtual College, which allows students to take online courses. To find out more about all of these options, talk to your academic advisor or go to our College Catalog.

How do I help my son or daughter decide which campus is right for them?back to top

In most instances, it is a matter of convenience and perhaps personal preference. Most campuses offer most courses and most programs. However, there are exceptions. Find out which campus has the program you are interested in pursuing.

Where can students park, and what is the cost of parking?back to top

Each campus has free parking available to students who have an MDC parking decal. Go to the student life department for more information on parking at each campus.

Does my son or daughter need to take any tests before coming to MDC?back to top

Yes. Make sure MDC has your child's test scores, if he or she has taken the ACT or SAT. Don't have SAT or ACT scores? Don't worry, such students can take MDC's Computerized Placement Test (CPT), which is used across Florida to determine which courses to take in English and mathematics. Make sure your child takes the practice test called PASS to better prepare for the CPT. PASS may be taken twice before taking the CPT exam. The CPT may also be taken twice. MDC will use the highest CPT scores in each section. Please remember that students cannot register for classes until MDC has placement scores. Test scores will determine which courses a student may initially take. International students and/or those not proficient in English will need to take the ACT ESL Placement Test (ACT ESL) or have adequate scores on the TOEFL. Learn more about testing.

When does my son or daughter need to apply?back to top

They may apply to MDC at any time. However, the earlier they apply, the better chance they will have of securing financial aid and of getting into the classes they want.

What SAT or ACT scores does my daughter or son need to be exempt from the Computerized Placement Test (CPT) exam?back to top

Click here to determine if your child is exempt from the CPT exam.

What if my child’s English is not strong enough to take the Computerized Placement Test (CPT)?back to top

Students without sufficient English proficiency to take the CPT are required to take the ACT ESL Placement Test (ACT-ESL) or have adequate scores on the TOEFL. Learn more about testing. Also, visit our website en español.

How long are the semesters?back to top

Although there are exceptions, the fall semester generally begins in August and ends in December. The spring semester begins in January and runs through April. The summer session is from May to July.

What is an articulation agreement, and how will it help my son or daughter?back to top

An articulation agreement is an agreement specifying how courses transfer among academic institutions. MDC has articulation agreements with all of Florida's public four year universities (including UF and FSU) which guarantees admission once a student earns the AA degree. MDC also has agreements with 27 Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF). We also offer transfer options for students seeking the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, allowing them to go on to a bachelor's degree program.

In addition, MDC has articulation agreements with a host of out of state institutions, such as Mount Holyoke College, the University of Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of Texas, Indiana University, Michigan State University, and Parsons School of Design in New York.

How do students get their student identification and parking decal?back to top

There is free parking at all of our campuses, as long as students have an MDC Student Identification Card and parking decal. To get these, your son or daughter will need to show a paid class schedule, vehicle registration, and photo ID at the student life department on each campus.

Where can we buy books?back to top

Each of our seven campuses and two centers has its own bookstore.

How can I help my child locate his/her first class?back to top

There are four digit numbers associated with each classroom. If the classroom number is 3210, the first number (3) represents the building on campus, the second number (2) represents the floor, and the last two numbers (10) are the number of the actual classroom.

Miami Dade College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.
Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami Dade College.
Miami Dade College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, marital status, age, religion, national origin,
ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, or genetic information.
Contact the Office of Director, Equal Opportunity Programs, ADA and Title IX Coordinator, at 305.237.2577 for assistance.