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Jefferson State Community College

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Jefferson State Community College, known as Jeff State to students and members of the community, is a public two-year college in the Alabama Community College system. The school offers a variety of career and technical programs as well as two-year associate degrees. Students may also pursue over 100 university transfer programs, which offer the ability to take classes at a substantial savings before completing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.

Classes are offered online and at four physical campuses:

  • Jefferson Campus in Birmingham in Jefferson County
  • Shelby-Hoover Campus in Birmingham in Shelby County
  • St. Clair-Pell City Campus in Pell City
  • Chilton-Clanton Campus in Clanton


Founded in 1963 as Jefferson State Junior College, the institution received its current name in 1989.


Jeff State offers numerous career and professional certificate programs, ranging from coursework in accounting and finance to public service training for future law enforcement officers and fire service professionals. Nursing and other health professions, information technology training, and various business programs are also popular among students who wish to enter the workforce before earning a bachelor’s degree.

Other courses of study include anthropology, biology, chemistry, biomedical equipment technology, child development education, communications, criminal justice, culinary arts, interior design, landscape technology, and funeral service education.

The transfer / general studies division provides core courses for students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university.

Non-Credit Courses

The college also offers a variety of classes that are not for college credit. These include college prep courses, GED prep classes, and continuing education courses for professionals who require training to keep or renew professional licenses.

Admission to the college is not required to take classes that are non-credit.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Prospective students must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). Official copies of all high school transcripts and/or GED scores must mailed directly to the college.

Placement tests such as COMPASS or similar exams are required in some instances to ensure enrollment in appropriate classes.

The school has rolling admissions deadlines, yet students are advised to submit their materials well in advance of their desired start date.

Financial Aid

Although community college is considered a more affordable alternative to pricier four-year institutions, financial aid is available for students who qualify in the form of grants, loans, college work study programs, and need- and merit-based scholarships. To determine eligibility for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA). Financial aid will not pay for classes that are unrelated to a student’s declared major.

As many types of aid are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, all students are advised to complete the FAFSA and submit any financial aid paperwork that is deemed necessary prior to May 1 receive priority consideration. Students must also prove Alabama residency in order to qualify for in-state tuition and scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6150th for the average student loan amount.
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With a large number of full-time students, the school offers a full slate of activities and organizations that make campus life lively and vibrant. Popular clubs and groups include the African-American Society , the Jefferson State Ambassadors, the Art and Animation Guild, the Association of Clinical Laboratory Technician Students, Campus Ministries, several honor societies, and student government.

Most students attending the school are in the traditional post-high school age bracket, although adult attendance is higher in the professional certificate programs. The school offers no on-campus housing, but there are many nearby housing facilities targeted towards students in the greater Birmingham area.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Jefferson State Community College is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting organizations.

Information Summary

Ranks 50th in Alabama and 3008th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 2 0.02

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,916 0.90
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 54 0.03
Forcible Rape 182 0.09
Robbery 1,011 0.47
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5,806 2.72
Larceny 10,522 4.93
Vehicle theft 1,513 0.71

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Birmingham, AL 35215-3098
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population46,541 (45,777 urban / 764 rural)
Households18,182 (2.55 people per house)
Median Household Income$39,616
Families12,904 (3.04 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Multicampus
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingLarge two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District106

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3963rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $3,330 $3,330 $6,660
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $930 $930 $930
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $111 $111 $222
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $5,958 $5,958 $9,288
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,058 $20,058 $23,388
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,148 $11,148 $14,478

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,140 $4,200 $4,140 $4,200 $7,350 $7,470
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,834 $1,856
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,254 $8,758
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,290 $4,506
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,290 $4,506

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 16 329 30 12 4 919 4 1,346
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 18 23 42
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 35 5 48 92
Agricultural Business and Management, General 9 9
Child Care and Support Services Management 37 25 62
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician 7 2 12 21
Computer and Information Sciences, General 19 6 57 85
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician 2 15 17
Criminal Justice/Police Science 21 20 43
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 4 18 24
Engineering Technology, General 22 30 3 55
Fire Services Administration 6 3 3 35 50
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General 13 71 84
General Studies 9 37 9 4 100 1 166
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 19 2 1 51 76
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 23 1 1 82 109
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 7 1 18 27
Office Management and Supervision 29 45 74
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 1 17 20
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 5 1 6
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 1 2 1 26 30
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 22 1 5 204 240
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1 12 14

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2741st for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $56,366 ($57,992 male / $53,558 female)
Number of FT Faculty 143 (53 male / 90 female)
Number of PT Faculty 448
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $4,313,781

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