Pensacola State College offers three class options: on-campus, blended (hybrid), live online (synchronous), and online (asynchronous). PSC also offers several program types including certificates of varying lengths, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degrees. Campus housing isn’t available, so you can either live at home and save rent or rent an apartment by yourself or with other students. The student population is mid-range, with just over 9,700 students signed on in a recent year. And the student-to-faculty ratio is high at 22 to 1; you may have to be determined to get in touch with your professors if you are having problems with a class, though open office hours are usually a safe bet, especially when most students will have to email them if they are attending online from another city.
Overview of Pensacola State College
PSC’s campus is spread out but not huge, which means, if you’re attending classes on-campus, you may have to move quickly to get to your next class but you probably won’t need to drive while on campus. In contrast, Pensacola itself is a small city on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. You should still be able to find restaurants and shopping so you can get what you need as long as you don’t get too distracted by the nearby beach.
If you’ve done some work ahead of time, you may be able to benefit from additional credits you can put toward your degree. First, you can earn dual credits for high school and an associate degree simultaneously, if you’ve passed your advanced placement exams these are accepted by the school, and the school also offers credits for life experiences though you’ll have to talk to a school representative to see what types of experiences they accept.
|School Type||Primarily associate's, Public|
|Campus Setting||City: Small|
|Student Faculty Ratio||22:1|
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Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
After talking about the cost of college, you may have checked and found that the total price is nearly $14,000 for a year for in-state students and just over $21,000 for out-of-state students, though it’s significantly less if you are living at home with family. This includes in-state or out-of-state tuition, books and supplies, other various costs and, to replace room and board, an estimate for your rent and cost of food.
Now, another number to consider is the net price, which is the cost remaining after financial aid for the student is applied. For a recent academic year, the average net price for all students was $3,518. However, the more financial aid you qualify for, the lower the cost will be. This is mostly based on your family’s annual income since those with lower incomes are eligible for more aid, though if you are diligent in finding scholarships, that could increase your financial aid and lower your cost as well. In a recent year, families that earned less than $30,000 paid around $2,182, families that earned $48,001 to $75,000 paid around $4,818, and families earning more than $110,001 paid $7,933.
About 77% of first-year students qualified for financial aid and 68% of these students received an average of $5,437 in grants or scholarships. About 21% of first-year students received an average of $1,868 in institutional grants and scholarships.
|Average net price||2017-2018|
|Average Total Aid||$5,437|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||77%|
|Room & Board||$7,650|
- Tuition In-State - $2,364
- Tuition Out-of-State - $9,471
- Books and Supplies - $900
- Room & Board - $7,650
- Other - $3,070
Pensacola State College tracks their student’s overall graduation rate as 28%, which is somewhat low even for a small state school. However, this number does not account for any students who transfer out, no matter how far along they got in their degree before they did. So, the number of students who attend and graduate from somewhere is likely somewhat higher than this statistic.
If you run into a time conflict with your courses, the existence of online courses could give you the flexibility you need to still maintain your class schedule without missing any. You can speak to your advisor if this happens and you may be able to switch to a class section that takes place online. You can also explore the possibility of dropping the daytime class and taking an evening class. If the class isn’t offered every semester and it’s necessary for your degree, you don’t want to miss graduation because you couldn’t find a way to fit it into your schedule.
The most popular degree programs offered at PSC are business, management, marketing and related support services; health professions and related programs; and computer and information sciences and support services.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||131 Total Graduates / 74%|
|Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other||131 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||43 Total Graduates / 24%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||43 Graduates|
|All Computer Information Science Majors||4 Total Graduates / 2%|
|Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance||4 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||0|
Outcome & Salary
Once you’re a college graduate, you’ll be ready to start working. Pensacola State College graduates start slow and, in their early careers, their salaries start at around $41,400. Their average mid-career salaries are closer to $73,900.
If those numbers hold true for you, your 10-year earning potential is $500,000—not bad! Graduates 20-year earning potential increases to $1,239,000. If you subtract the average 4-year cost of education, which is $16,276, from these potential incomes, it makes the 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) $483,724 and the 20-year ROI $1,222,724.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$41,400|
|College Grads Average Salary||$50,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$73,900|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$500,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,239,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$16,276|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$483,724|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,222,724|
|No Colleage Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$37,960|
|10 Year Projected Income||$379,600|
|20 Year Projected Income||$759,200|
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