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Next Steps

Q: I have applied for Summer or Fall 2021 - when will I hear from FSW about my next steps?

A: Beginning in February or March (depending on the availability of the activity), you will receive emails from departments at FSW (e.g.,, etc.) letting you know what your next step is in order to be ready to register for classes. You can also check your FSW Student Portal to find your enrollment steps by viewing your holds.

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Congrats, Buccaneer!

Congratulations! We are so excited to welcome you to the FSW Buccaneer family.

If you have received your acceptance email from FSW, that means we have received and processed your high school transcript or GED, but there's just a little bit more we need from you before you start your first semester as a Buccaneer. Review the steps below and click to learn more!

So... Are you ready to get started?

Important Announcements

Summer & Fall 2021 Students

Registration will open in late March!

Keep an eye on your email in February and March for emails regarding your next steps to ensure you are able to register as soon as possible.

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 Your FSW Student Portal at is your gateway to all things FSW and gives you access to your Bucs email (, financial aid information, online courses, class registration, the on-campus housing application, and more! Just click "New User" at and follow the instructions to set up your Portal.

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 In-state tuition, otherwise known as "Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes," is for applicants who have lived in Florida for at least 12 months before they start classes (see our Florida Residency page for other qualifications) and lowers tuition costs substantially. 

You will not be automatically granted in-state tuition. You must submit a form and documentation if you think you qualify. 

See the "Complete Residency Form" section in "Review Your Enrollment Steps" for how to check the status of a completed form.

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 Want to be like one of the 7 out of 10 students that graduate from FSW debt free? The first step is applying for financial aid and scholarships! 

1. Complete the FAFSA (FSW Code: 001477)

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is used to determine if you qualify for federal aid to help you pay for college. Processing once you have submitted your FAFSA can take 6 to 8 weeks, and additional documents may be required after you complete it (updates will be sent to your Bucs email), so make sure to submit soon using the FSW School Code 001477. 

2. Complete the FSW Scholarship Application

Apply as soon as possible to qualify for need and merit based scholarships sponsored by FSW! A completed FAFSA is required to qualify.

Find more information on our Ways to Afford and Pay For College page! 

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 You won't be able to register for classes until you complete all of your enrollment steps!

 Find Your Enrollment Steps (Holds) 

Login to your FSW Student Portal and click the "Student Academics" tab followed by "View Holds" ("View Holds" instructional video). 

Most students need only what is listed below, but as the semester approaches, keep an eye on the email address you provided on your admissions application for specific instructions regarding your next steps in February/March (Summer or Fall Students) or October (Spring Students).

Note: Dual enrolled, international, bachelor's degree, and transient students and athletes will have different steps. Click these student types on for more.

Complete Residency Form (Residency Documentation Hold)

This hold is just a reminder to submit residency paperwork for discounted tuition as a Florida resident or to acknowledge acceptance of out-of-state tuition. It will not prevent class registration. If you submit the correct documentation, the hold will be removed. If you submitted more than 7 days ago and the hold hasn't been removed, check for an email from "" (sent to the email address you used on the form) informing you of further action required.

Submit Your Transcripts (High School Transcript or College Transcript Holds)
Show College-Readiness (Assessment Hold)

If you have an "Assessment" hold, you will need to prove college-readiness through college-level SAT/ACT scores, prior college coursework, or placement testing. This information is used to determine the English, math and reading courses you will take to help you achieve academic success.

Attend an Orientation and/or Advising Session (Orientation or Advising Hold)
  • First Time in College Students: You will receive an email to schedule your Orientation (via the email address you provided on your admissions application) once you have no other holds that will prevent registration. You will register for classes at the end of Orientation. 
  • Transfer and Readmit Students: Once you have no other holds that will prevent registration, you can schedule an appointment with your advisor in your FSW Student Portal. You will be able to register for classes at the end of your appointment.
Have other holds not listed here? 

Visit to find what they mean and what you may need to do to resolve them to move on to your Orientation and/or Advising Session.

Applying to a limited access Health Profession program?

Many limited access programs in the School of Health Professions have a program application and additional steps that must be completed in addition to the college enrollment requirements. Visit your program's page for more information.

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Check Your Personal and Bucs Emails

Before you begin classes, some information will be sent to your personal email (the email address you provided on your admissions application) with the exception of financial aid and housing information which will be sent to your Bucs email. Your Bucs email address can be found in your FSW Student Portal and will be used to communicate with you throughout your time as an FSW Buccaneer.

Follow Us on Social Media

FSW posts deadlines, activities, and more on social media. Follow @FSWCollege on Instagram and Facebook and check out our academic program videos and #FSWSuccess stories on YouTube. Then, share your Buccaneer Pride with our New Buccaneer Tool Kit!

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 Share your Buccaneer Pride with our social media posts, filters, and more. Don't forget to use #FSWBound and tag @FSWCollege and @FSWStudents!

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