The entrance to New College of Florida, where months of controversy over changes at the Sarasota school have prompted faculty members to censure the board of trustees. [ ANGELICA EDWARDS | Times ]

New College of Florida announced a partnership Friday that will guarantee admission to St. Petersburg College students who complete their associate degree within eight semesters with at least a 3.0 GPA.

Those who participate will also receive a minimum scholarship of $3,500 a year, the Sarasota school said.

SPC, which has around 25,000 students and 11 campuses across Pinellas County, is the latest to join the New College of Florida Transform program, which has guaranteed admission agreements with six other state colleges in Florida, including Hillsborough Community College.

New College is one of 12 schools in the State University System. The partnerships started in 2021.

Students will receive advising from both St. Petersburg College and New College, and can be eligible for additional scholarships.

Enrollment numbers at New College became an issue recently when Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed six new conservative members to the school’s board of trustees, who quickly fired its president. This year’s head count of less than 700 students was cited as one reason for the takeover of the school.

Interim President Richard Corcoran spoke to the state Board of Governors this week and touted strides New College was making on many fronts.

In a news release Friday, Corcoran said the new partnership would help the school grow.

“By partnering with colleges across the state, we not only broadened the higher education offerings of Florida students, but we also create a network of colleges who work together to provide the best education product at all levels,” the release said.

Divya Kumar covers higher education for the Tampa Bay Times, in partnership with Open Campus.

Higher education reporter for The Tampa Bay Times in partnership with Open Campus.