Florida Prepaid College Program

General Information
The Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan at NCF is administered by the Business Office, which is located on the west side of campus in Palmer D, Room 123. Specific guidelines for the Florida Prepaid Contract are set forth in Florida Statutes 1009.97 – 1009.984.

It is possible to achieve a degree with a minimum of 7 contracts and 3 Independent Study Projects (ISP), which is the equivalent of 124 credits. The Florida Prepaid College Plan pays a maximum of 120 credits. As with other State of Florida universities, some programs, including New College of Florida, require more than 120 credits to earn a degree.

Florida Prepaid is applied to your student account as a third party credit which reduces the amount you owe. It is usually applied to your student account a few weeks prior to the first week of classes for the total amount of credits that you are registered for. It is not Financial Aid, so it will not be listed on the Financial Aid award screen in NewCLEIS.

If you do not want to use your Florida Prepaid, or you want to adjust the amount of credits billed (cannot be more than approved contract) you must notify the Business Office prior to the start of classes.

The payment deadline for your portion of the tuition and fees is due on the 5th day of classes. Check the academic calendar for all deadlines and important dates.


Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Florida Prepaid

How do I activate my Prepaid account for tuition and/or dormitory?
To activate your account, either fax a signed copy of your card to (941) 487-4486; mail a signed copy of your card to 5800 Bay Shore Road, PMD-123, Sarasota, FL 34243; or bring a copy of your card to the Business Office in person.

You will not need to show your card again unless:

1. You have been inactive for at least one semester
2. You register for classes late (just prior to the first week of classes or later)

What costs do the Florida Prepaid Plans cover?
• University Tuition Plan - This plan covers matriculation (tuition), building, capital improvement and financial aid fees. Students are responsible for local fees, technology fee, green fee, Tuition Differential Fee*, etc. and all other charges.
• 2 + 2 Tuition Plan - The first 60 credits of this plan pay at a lesser rate than the University Plan. Please contact the Business Office at (941)487-4625 for further details. Students are responsible for local fees, technology fee, green fee, Tuition Differential Fee*, etc. and all other charges.
• Local Fee Plan - This plan covers student activity, health, and athletic fees. The local fee plan does not cover technology, lab, ID Card, parking or other fees.
• Dormitory Plan - This plan covers dormitory charges at the rate of a Pei Double. Students are responsible for higher charges incurred for other dormitories.
• Tuition Differential Plan - Florida Prepaid began selling TDF plans in the 2007-2008 enrollment season to beneficiaries in the 8th grade and younger in response to legislation allowing universities to charge a tuition differential fee to supplement the standard tuition fee.

*The Florida legislature authorized state universities to charge a tuition differential fee to supplement the standard tuition fee.

Will I be charged a Tuition Differential Fee if I have a Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan?
Possibly. Students with a Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan with a contract year prior to 2008 will not be charged differential as long as they have credits available to use on their Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan. Once all credits are used, the tuition differential fee will be assessed to the student. Keep in mind that it is possible to achieve a degree with a minimum of 7 contracts and 3 Independent Study Projects (ISP), which is the equivalent of 124 credits. The Florida Prepaid College Plan pays a maximum of 120 credits. As with other State of Florida universities, some programs, including New College of Florida, require more than 120 credits to earn a degree. Once all 120 credits are used, you will be assessed the tuition differential.

Students with a Florida Prepaid Tuition Plan with a contract year of 2008 or later are charged a tuition differential fee.

What if I don't want to use my Florida Prepaid Plan?
If you do not want to use your Florida Prepaid for a term, or you want to adjust the number of credits billed, you must notify the Business Office prior to the start of classes.

Why would I want to adjust the number of credits to be billed for my Florida Prepaid Plan?
As mentioned previously, while it is possible to achieve a degree with a minimum of 7 contracts and 3 Independent Study Projects (ISP), which is the equivalent of 124 credits, the Florida Prepaid College Plan pays a maximum of 120 credits. As with other State of Florida universities, some programs, including New College of Florida, require more than 120 credits to earn a degree. With tuition prices increasing over the years, you may want to pay out of pocket for some credit hours earlier in your college career, rather than at the end.

Also, once you have no more credits remaining on your Florida Prepaid College Plan, and you purchased your plan prior to 2008, you will be assessed the tuition differential fee for the remainder of your college credits.

What is the amount Florida Prepaid will pay?
(Credit Hour Equivalent)

Fall 2013 Contract (16 credits)
University Tuition Fee Plan: $1,863.36
Local Fee Plan: $445.92
Dormitory Plan: $3,396.25
Tuition Differential Plan: $628.00

January ISP (4 credits)
University Tuition Fee Plan: $ 465.84
Local Fee Plan: $111.48
Dormitory Plan: Included in Fall
Tuition Differential Plan: $157.00

Spring 2014 Contract (16 credits)
University Tuition Fee Plan: $1,863.36
Local Fee Plan: $445.92
Dormitory Plan: $2,707.50
Tuition Differential Plan: $628.00

What if I have Florida Prepaid and a Bright Futures Scholarship?
• You may use both programs to help fund your educational expenses. You do not lose funding in one program because you have the other.
• Florida Prepaid is usually applied to the student account first and is based on the number of credit hours.
• Bright Futures funds are disbursed the third week of classes. Refunds are available the following week.
• Bright Futures pays either $100 per credit hour or $75 per credit hour towards base tuition.
• Bright Futures is not available for summer ISP. If you obtain approval for a summer ISP and have no other financial aid for summer, you will be responsible to pay the fees at the time of registration.

Who do I contact for Florida Prepaid Questions?
For questions concerning the Florida Prepaid Program, call 1-800-552-4723, or visit the Florida Prepaid website

For questions concerning NCF procedures or your student account, contact Barb McCulley, Accounting Coordinator, at (941) 487-4625 or mcculley@ncf.edu

Business Office
New College of Florida
PMD 123
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243

Phone: (941) 487-4625
Fax: (941) 487-4486
business@ncf.edu