Cost of College

Across Florida students working on a bachelor’s degree are paying nearly a third of what their peers are paying in other parts of the country.

Brianna Griffin, a FSU Freshman, says, “It’s really nice actually because you always hear things about people who have high student loans.”

A new report from the College Board ranks Florida ranks 7th cheapest for an in-state four year degree. Those degrees now cost just over 6-thousand a year.

Ed Moore of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida says, “Public school tuition in Florida is a real bargain.”

But, at the same time, Florida’s percentage increase over the last five years ranks in the top five nationwide. Governor Rick Scott has made it his mission to keep education costs low.

Governor Rick Scott says, “Tuition has gone up significantly in the last five years. We’ve got to stop this.”

Even though percentage increases ranks toward the top, education leaders say those numbers are deceiving because number wise, Florida’s tuition is still some of the lowest nationwide and the cheapest in the southeast.

Moore says, “People who are out there paying the tuition need to look at what their real dollar casts are. Opposed to ‘oh my,’ my tuition has gone up 15-percent over the last couple of years.”

Florida State University President Eric Barron says the university strives to provide quality education for students.

“We’re taking every dollar and making sure our students are successful,” says Barron.

Bachelor students say the low prices will help them pay off debt.

Celerina Dreher, a FSU Senior, says, “I think we’re lucky that we do get to go to such a great school and still not have to pay the same amount.”

The number of students seeking either a 2 year or 4 year is up by almost half in the last decade.

The state with the highest average cost per year for a 4-year degree was New Hampshire a little more than $14,000.