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2021 Best Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Florida

43 Colleges
$21,658 Avg Cost (With Aid)*
4.4 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

Choosing which college to attend may be one of the most important decisions in your life. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Florida Schools For The Money For Those Getting Aid ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 43 schools to determine which ones were the best for overall value for the money with aid in Florida. This ranking doesn't just identify the colleges with the lowest costs. Rather, it highlights those institutions that offer excellent educational experiences for a lower cost than other schools of roughly the same caliber. Thus, one college may rank better than another, but the second school could have a lower average cost.

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To calculate the average cost amount, we sum up the total expenses to attend a school - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other living expenses - and then subtract the average financial aid award a student receives. So it is an approximation of how much you will have to pay out-of-pocket each year on average.

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Top Colleges for the Money (With Aid) in Florida

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#1

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Our analysis found University of Florida to be the best school for overall value for the money with aid in Florida in this year’s ranking. U of F is a large public school situated in Gainesville, Florida. It awarded 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at U of F graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $12,042. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from U of F be around $51,419. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. U of F not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #1 on our Best Colleges in Florida list.

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#2

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Florida State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida list. Florida State is located in Tallahassee, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,688 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida State to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $16,477 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Florida State be around $69,698. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.4%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Florida State also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges in Florida rankings.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of South Florida - Main Campus helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Florida. Located in Tampa, Florida, the large public school awarded 8,684 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at USF Tampa graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $15,351 for students who receive aid. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa is $66,009. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. USF Tampa also made our Best Colleges in Florida list, coming in at #5.

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#4

New College of Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Out of the 43 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s ranking, New College of Florida landed the #4 spot on the list. New College is located in Sarasota, Florida and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 213 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average student at New College graduates in less than 4.1 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $10,493 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from New College is about $43,336. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.9%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, New College also did well on our Best Colleges in Florida list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#5

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend University of Central Florida. The school came in at #5 in Florida on this year’s best value ranking. University of Central Florida is a large public school located in Orlando, Florida that handed out 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at UCF is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $15,910. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UCF is $71,118. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 2.4% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. UCF also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges in Florida list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#6

University of North Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

With a ranking of #6, University of North Florida did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Florida list. Jacksonville, Florida is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,493 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UNF about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $14,107 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from UNF is about $63,905. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 1.3% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#7

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. FGCU is a public institution located in Fort Myers, Florida. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,100 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at FGCU is 4.7 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $14,065 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from FGCU be around $65,824. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.9%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#8

The Baptist College of Florida

Graceville, Florida

The Baptist College of Florida came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. BCF is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Graceville, Florida. It awarded 71 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at BCF is 4.4 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $13,961 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $61,708 to get a bachelor’s degree from BCF. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

With a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking. Florida A&M University is located in Tallahassee, Florida and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,444 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Florida A&M University is 4.8 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $14,654 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University is about $70,632. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Florida International University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. Located in Miami, Florida, the large public school awarded 12,352 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at FIU about 4.7 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $17,993 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from FIU is about $83,667. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.7%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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University of South Florida - St. Petersburg did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #11. This small public school is located in St. Petersburg, Florida, and it awarded 941 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at USFSP is 4.5 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $15,761. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the USFSP is $71,240. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.2%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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#12

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida

The University of West Florida came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. Pensacola, Florida is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,410 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at University of West Florida graduates in less than 4.6 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $13,519 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from University of West Florida is $62,323. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#13

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking. FAU is located in Boca Raton, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,855 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

At FAU, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.6 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,009 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from FAU is $78,922. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#14

Hobe Sound Bible College

Hobe Sound, Florida

Hobe Sound Bible College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #14. Hobe Sound Bible College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hobe Sound, Florida. It awarded 27 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Hobe Sound Bible College to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $12,336 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Hobe Sound Bible College be around $55,512. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#15

Florida College

Temple Terrace, Florida

Florida College did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #15. Florida College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Temple Terrace, Florida. It awarded 67 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Florida College is 4.2 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $20,063 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida College is $85,067. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 2.3% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, and it awarded 1,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Embry Riddle Daytona Beach is 4.6 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $26,063 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Daytona Beach is $119,369. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The low student loan default rate of 4.2% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. Embry Riddle Daytona Beach excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges in Florida list.

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#17

Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, Florida

Ave Maria University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. AMU is located in Ave Maria, Florida and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 261 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes the average student at AMU about 4.2 years to graduate, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $23,210 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from AMU is about $97,946. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.3%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#18

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

University of Miami ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Florida list. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at U Miami graduates in less than 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $39,475 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U Miami is $164,611. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 1.9%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, U Miami is ranked #2 for overall quality in Florida.

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#19

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, Florida

Florida Southern College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lakeland, Florida, and it awarded 737 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Florida Southern, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $30,762. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern is $126,432. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.2%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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With a ranking of #20, Adventist University of Health Sciences did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Florida list. Florida Hospital College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Orlando, Florida. The school has a small population, and it awarded 282 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Florida Hospital College, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.7 years, and it costs students who receive aid about $19,959 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Florida Hospital College is $93,807. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools.

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#21

Stetson University

DeLand, Florida

Stetson University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Florida list. Located in DeLand, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 799 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Stetson graduates in less than 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $33,797 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Stetson is about $139,582. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The low student loan default rate of 2.6% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%. Stetson excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges in Florida list.

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#22

Flagler College - St Augustine

Saint Augustine, Florida

Flagler College - St Augustine came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. Flagler St. Augustine is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Augustine, Florida. The school has a small population, and it awarded 823 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Flagler St. Augustine, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.2 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $27,732 for students who receive aid. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Flagler St. Augustine be around $117,306. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The low student loan default rate of 1.9% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1%.

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#23

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Rollins College came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. Rollins is located in Winter Park, Florida and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Rollins to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school for students who receive aid is around $44,089. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Rollins is $179,883. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 2.4%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. In addition to its best value ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Rollins is ranked #4 for overall quality in Florida.

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#24

Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Eckerd College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. Located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 507 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At Eckerd, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $39,369 for students who receive aid. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd is $161,413. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 3.3%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Eckerd also did well on our Best Colleges in Florida list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#25

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville University landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking. JU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Jacksonville, Florida. The school has a small population, and it awarded 762 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at JU to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $33,245 for students who receive aid. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from JU is about $141,624. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.0%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%.

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Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • For our state-specific rankings, we use in-state tuition to calculate average cost. For our national and regional rankings, we use a weighted average of in-state and non-resident tuition.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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