First time in college


How much does college cost?

Jacksonville College is ranked as one of the most affordable, private, two-year colleges in the United States. View our tuition rates and fees here.


How will I be able to afford college?

College is becoming more expensive each year. Many students may qualify for federal money (often referred to as PELL) by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Federal money is grant money, not a loan.


At Jacksonville College, 95% of students attend on an Award Package. To view a list of available scholarships exclusive to Jacksonville College, visit the Financial Aid page.


Do I have to take an entrance exam?

Because Jacksonville College is a private college, we are not subject to the THEA mandate. However, should you transfer to a state school, you may still be subject to taking the THEA test. We do required that you take a standardized test to enroll for classes. The TAKS or STAAR tests, the ACT, or the SAT can all meet this requirement. For sutdents who have passed all portions of the TAKS or STAAR tests, but do not have ACT or SAT scores, it is required to take a placement test on campus.


Do I have to attend college 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM like high school?

No. In college you set your own schedule. Classes generally meet on MW (Monday and Wednesday) or on TR (Tuesday and Thursday). There are classes that meet in the evening and there are also some classes that only meet once a week. Thus, some semesters, it is possible to arrange your schedule so you attend class only a few days a week.


What does it mean to attend class full-time?

A full-time student is considered a student who is enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. However, Jacksonville College scholarship recipients are required to enroll in at least 15 credit hours.


What is a credit hour?

As a general rule, one semester (credit) hour is given for each our of lecture a week per semester. You can determine how many credit hours are in one class by the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS).












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Are there six-week tests in college?

No. College classes are based on semester. You are enrolled in the same classes for a whole semester (August-December or January-May) and have midterm exams as well as end-of-semester exams (final exams). The next semester you enroll in new classes.


What is a GPA and why is it important?

GPA stands for grade-point average. At Jacksonville College, and most other colleges, GPA is based on a 4.0 scale. The breakdown of grades is as follows:


  • Letter grade "A" (90-100 points) = 4.0

  • Letter grade "B" (80-89 points) = 3.0

  • Letter grade "C" (70-79 points) = 2.0

  • Letter grade "D" (60-69 points = 1.0

  • Letter grade "F" (59-0 points) = 0.0


The grades you receive in class are averaged at the end of each semester. A cumulative GPA is then averaged for an overall grade point of all college credit hours earned. Visit the Academics page for more information.


Will I receive a report card in college?

You will receive a grade report at the end of each semester, available through EMPOWER.


What is the difference between an Associate's Degree and a Bachelor's Degree?

An Associate's Degree is a two-year degree offered by a junior college. You can get an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree at Jacksonville College. A Bachelor's Degree is a four-year college degree. Students who attend Jacksonville College transfer to a four-year college after attaining their Associate's Degree. An Associate's Degree is equal to the first two years of a Bachelor's Degree.


What is the difference between an undergraduate and a graduate student?

You are considered an undergraduate until the time you complete your Bachelor's Degree. Once you have attained your Bachelor's Degree, you can pursue a graduate degree, such as a Master's Degree, Ph.D., or M.D.