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Gulf Coast State College (GCSC)

5230 West U.S. Highway 98, Panama City, FL

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Located in Panama City Florida, Gulf Coast State College (formerly known as Gulf Coast Community College) is a public institution that is open for two year associate’s degrees. GCSC is well known for its accommodating programs that allow you to put your schedule together as you’d like so that you can fit in time for your work and academics. With a large number of online offerings, GCSC provides a high quality and flexible environment for each individual student.

GCSC has an enrollment of 10,909, and is a cheap collegiate option at $2,569 in tuition in 2012. However, for out of state students, that number is not as inviting—out of state students paid $9,334 in the same year for their tuition. Most students are eligible for loans from the federal government as well as pell grants and other forms of assistance that can offset a significant portion of the upfront cost.

In the classroom, GCSC keeps building upon the flexibility that its known for. Many of its course offerings take place both in the physical classroom and online, which provides students the opportunity to work and finish projects on their own schedule. With a plethora of clubs and student organizations, GCSC offers students a healthy on campus life in addition to flexible study options. For students who are looking to continue their education in Florida and obtain a two year degree, GCSC offers a very attractive program. Applications for enrollment are offered online and the fee for doing so is $20.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $20 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $2,000-$2,500
    • Out-of-State: $8,200-$9,890
  • Charges per unit:
    • In-State: $99-$120 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $360-$430 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid82%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships78%$4,110
Receiving Student Loans18%$4,253
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Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Gulf Coast State College may offer services including:

  • Distance learning
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often offer both career training programs and options for students to transfer-out to four year institutions, which is why the table below is so important, it compares GCSC against community colleges in Florida.

 GCSCBay CountyFlorida
Graduation Rate32.0%-36.8%
Transfer-out Rate10.0%-12.6%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1971)
  • Dental Hygienist Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1996)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1986)
    • Click the link to get a list of all the Florida nursing schools
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1989)
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Gulf Coast State College by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Construction Trades

Education

Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Personal and Culinary Services

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

Other Community Colleges Nearby

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Contact Information

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
nan%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
82%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
19:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
20

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$3,648