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2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Florida

43 Colleges
$23,239 Avg Cost*
4.4 Years Avg Time to Graduate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Value Florida Schools ranking - to help you make that decision.

Our analysis looked at 43 schools to determine which ones were the best for overall value in Florida. It's important to note that this isn't just a listing of colleges and universities with the lowest sticker price. Instead, this ranking identifies schools that offer a high quality educational experience at a lower-than-expected price. So it is possible that College A may rank better than College B, while College B is less expensive to attend.

Get more details on our ranking methodology.

Our average cost calculation adds up all expenses, such as tuition, fees, room and board, books and supplies, and other expenses, and then subtracts the average financial aid awarded to a student. This gives a rough estimation of how much money you can expect to pay out-of-pocket or through loans each year.

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Top Colleges for the Money 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 in Florida in this year’s ranking. U of F is located in Gainesville, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 9,663 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.3 years for the average student at U of F to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $13,692. 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 U of F is $58,465. 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

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Florida State University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Florida. Tallahassee, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,688 students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at Florida State about 4.2 years to graduate, and it costs about $17,092 per year to attend the school. 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 State is $72,299. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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 not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #3 on our Best Colleges in Florida list.

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#3

New College of Florida

Sarasota, Florida

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at New College of Florida helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Florida. This small public school is located in Sarasota, Florida, and it awarded 213 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at New College about 4.1 years to graduate, and it costs about $10,806 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $44,629 to get a bachelor’s degree from New College. 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 1.9%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. In addition to its great value ranking, New College is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges in Florida list.

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The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at University of South Florida - Main Campus helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for the money in Florida. University of South Florida - Main Campus is a large public school located in Tampa, Florida that handed out 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at USF Tampa is 4.3 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $18,265. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from USF Tampa be around $78,540. 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 1.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%. USF Tampa not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #5 on our Best Colleges in Florida list.

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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. UCF is a public institution located in Orlando, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 14,087 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at UCF about 4.5 years to graduate, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,300. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UCF is $81,801. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. 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

University of North Florida did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #6. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the fairly large public school handed out 3,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UNF to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $17,257. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UNF is $78,174. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

The student loan default rate at the school is 1.3%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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Florida International University did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #7. Miami, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 12,352 students in 2018-2019.

The average student at FIU graduates in less than 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $19,637. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the FIU is $91,312. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#8

The Baptist College of Florida

Graceville, Florida

The Baptist College of Florida ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Florida list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Graceville, Florida, and it awarded 71 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At BCF, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.4 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $14,825. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from BCF be around $65,526. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

The student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#9

Florida College

Temple Terrace, Florida

Florida College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. Florida College is located in Temple Terrace, Florida and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 67 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at Florida College to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $20,584. 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 College is $87,276. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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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With a ranking of #10, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Florida list. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,444 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

At Florida A&M University, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.8 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $16,937. 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 A&M University is $81,636. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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#11

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

With a ranking of #11, Florida Gulf Coast University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Florida list. This fairly large public school is located in Fort Myers, Florida, and it awarded 3,100 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.7 years for the average student at FGCU to complete their degree, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $17,164. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from FGCU is about $80,328. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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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#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. University of West Florida is located in Pensacola, Florida and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,410 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

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 $15,882. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from University of West Florida is $73,216. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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University of South Florida - St. Petersburg landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking. This small public school is located in St. Petersburg, Florida, and it awarded 941 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At USFSP, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $18,812. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from USFSP is about $85,030. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

The low student loan default rate of 1.2% 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%.

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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. Located in Hobe Sound, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 27 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average student at Hobe Sound Bible College graduates in less than 4.5 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $14,177. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Hobe Sound Bible College is $63,796. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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#15

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. Located in Boca Raton, Florida, the large public school awarded 5,855 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

It takes the average student at FAU about 4.6 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $20,642. 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 FAU is $95,779. 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 3.2%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1%.

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#16

Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, Florida

Ave Maria University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges 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 it costs about $23,654 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $99,820 to get a bachelor’s degree from AMU. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot 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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Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. Located in Daytona Beach, Florida, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,097 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.6 years for the average student at Embry Riddle Daytona Beach to complete their degree, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $30,076. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Daytona Beach is about $137,748. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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%. In addition to its great value ranking, Embry Riddle Daytona Beach is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges in Florida list.

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#18

Florida Southern College

Lakeland, Florida

Florida Southern College landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking. Florida Southern College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Lakeland, Florida that handed out 737 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Florida Southern, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and it costs about $31,676 per year to attend the school. This means that the average student pays around $130,188 to get a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern. 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%.

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#19

Stetson University

DeLand, Florida

Stetson University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking. Stetson is a private not-for-profit institution located in DeLand, Florida. The school has a small population, and it awarded 799 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Stetson graduates in less than 4.1 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $34,116. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Stetson is about $140,899. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 2.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. On top of its placing in our value rankings, Stetson 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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#20

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

With a ranking of #20, University of Miami did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Florida list. Coral Gables, Florida is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,118 students in 2018-2019.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at U Miami to complete their degree, and it costs about $49,219 per year to attend the school. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from U Miami is $205,243. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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%. U Miami also took the #2 spot in our Best Colleges in Florida rankings.

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#21

Flagler College - St Augustine

Saint Augustine, Florida

Flagler College - St Augustine did quite well in the 2021 Best Value Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #21. Flagler St. Augustine is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Augustine, Florida. It awarded 823 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Flagler St. Augustine graduates in less than 4.2 years, and it costs about $28,585 per year to attend the school. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Flagler St. Augustine is about $120,915. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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%.

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#22

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

Rollins College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for the Money in Florida list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Winter Park, Florida, and it awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Rollins is 4.1 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $47,201. 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 Rollins is $192,580. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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%. Rollins not only placed well in our value rankings, but it is also #4 on our Best Colleges in Florida list.

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Adventist University of Health Sciences came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. Located in Orlando, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 282 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Florida Hospital College is 4.7 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,401. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Florida Hospital College be around $105,285. Graduating sooner can prevent you from having to pay more money out of pocket.

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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#24

Eckerd College

Saint Petersburg, Florida

With a ranking of #24, Eckerd College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for the Money in Florida list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Petersburg, Florida, and it awarded 507 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

At Eckerd, the average time it takes a student to graduate is 4.1 years, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $41,305. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Eckerd is $169,350. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

The student loan default rate at the school is 3.3%, which is quite low when compared to the national default 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

Trinity Baptist College

Jacksonville, Florida

Trinity Baptist College came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for the Money in Florida ranking. Located in Jacksonville, Florida, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 52 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average student at Trinity Baptist College graduates in less than 4.3 years, and the estimated yearly cost for the school is $18,680. Looking at these numbers together, we estimate that the average cost of a bachelor’s degree from Trinity Baptist College is about $81,258. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Notes and References

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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