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College Costs

Florida's college enrollment growth has slowed in the last five years, mirroring the decrease in the rate of population growth. On the other hand, the cost of a college education in Florida has only grown, outpacing the national average by 11%. Recent studies have deemed Florida's public colleges and universities too top heavy, emphasizing administration over instruction. This factor, in part, explains the disparity in cost, which appears to be supported by the relatively greater increase in the cost of a public education when compared to private school increases.

College Enrollment

Florida enrollment continues to outdistance national trends, with 65% of the state's high school students attending college. The Orlando Sentinel reports that, in addition to graduating high school seniors, Florida's colleges have experienced a marked increase in the number of adults returning to school to either start or complete a degree. The increases in enrollment are lead by female attendance. Where 59% of Florida's male high school grads are enrolling in college, 70% of women are enrolling, a weighty 11% hike.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • Florida 529 College Savings Plan: This plan is administered by the private foundation and is fully eligible for available tax benefits for federal income tax purposes. The plan allows for users to set their own saving goals and contribution levels. The plan currently allows participants to choose from 11 different investment options.
    • Florida Prepaid College Plan: Administered by the Florida Prepaid College Board this prepaid program enables individuals and families to pre-pay for tuition with a single lump sum, monthly payments or installments over a 5 year period. Earnings from the plan are tax free when they are used to pay for qualified education expenses.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • Southern Regional Education Board: The nonprofit board represents 16 states and is a public-private partnership focused on improving public education. The board works to develop programs and pass legislation that improves college readiness. The program's primary goal is to increase the percentage of students who are college or career ready.
    • Florida College Access Network: This not-for-profit organization works in two ways: first, to develop and support legislative initiatives that improve and expand higher education opportunities and, second, to develop and support programs that assist students. A significant goal of the organization is to increase the percentage of Floridians between 25 and 64 with a college degree to 60 percent by 2025.
  4. Higher Education News

    • Sun Sentinel Higher Education News: As one of Florida's leading newspapers, the Sun Sentinel offers regular in depth coverage of a wide range of higher education news and commentary.
    • Florida Higher Education Spectator: A blog and email news service that provides Floridians with a regular supply of news, reviews, commentary and information of interest to the state's higher education community.
    • State University System Board of Governors News: The state university system maintains this blog with the goal of keeping interested parties apprised of important news and other information about the state university system.

Higher Education in Florida

Florida Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 58% Florida
      Graduation Rate
    • 19.8 ACT Florida
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in Florida

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Florida Institutions

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    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
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    Private For-Profit Institutions