Best Value Colleges in Florida

If you want to maximize the return on investment for the money you pay for a bachelor's degree, use PayScale's College ROI Report for Florida to find a school that pays you back.

The best value colleges in Florida are ones that offer students high returns on the cost of tuition based on alumni salaries.  Read More

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1Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$620,000
Total 4 Year Cost$211,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,700
2Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - Daytona Beach, FL(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$540,000
Total 4 Year Cost$184,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$52,500
3University of Florida (UF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$455,000
Total 4 Year Cost$78,900
Grad Rate88%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
4University of Florida (UF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate88%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
5Florida International University (FIU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$322,000
Total 4 Year Cost$91,800
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
6University of South Florida - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$321,000
Total 4 Year Cost$82,700
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
7Saint Leo University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$301,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,100
8 (tie)Barry University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$290,000
Total 4 Year Cost$174,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
8 (tie)Florida State University (FSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$290,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,400
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700
10Jacksonville University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$289,000
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
11University of South Florida - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$280,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
12Florida International University (FIU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$273,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,000
13Florida Atlantic University (FAU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$259,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,500
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,900
14University of Central Florida (UCF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$252,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,700
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,800
15Florida State University (FSU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$229,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,700

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

The 20-year ROI for Florida colleges vary greatly, ranging from over $600,000 to less than $50,000. Making a wise choice can have a huge financial impact on your future.

The Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne tops our list of best value colleges in Florida. This institution is a private school where four years of tuition costs $211,000, but after 20 years, the typical alumni earns $620,000 more than someone who did not earn a bachelor's degree would have. (If they receive the typical financial aid package, that number jumps to over $700,000.)

Students who enroll in the Florida Institute of Technology can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of subjects, including science, psychology and liberal arts, engineering, business and aeronautics. The institute also provides opportunities to learn online and in off-campus programs. However, the school is most well-known for its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs, and that is part of the reason why Florida Tech offers one of the highest return on investments Florida has to offer.

Florida Tech has an impressive sports program. Men and women who are so inclined may participate in baseball, basketball, swimming, soccer, lacrosse, golf, tennis and track and field. Former baseball player Tim Wakefield also attended this school before he began a long career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox.

If you plan on going into the aeronautical or engineering field, you might consider Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach. With its very specialized courses of study, graduates see a 20-year ROI of over $500,000.

The University of Florida is third on our list of Florida best value colleges. This public college provides students with a quality education at an affordable price (for Florida residents at least) - $76,200 for four years. The net 20-year ROI for students living on campus is equal to $455,000. Several famous people have graduated from UF, including Tim Tebow, Erin Andrews, Emmitt Smith, Joe Scarborough, Faye Dunaway, Stephen Stills and Marco Rubio.

The University of Florida offers a wide variety of degree programs, with popular majors including business management, landscape architecture, criminology and law, economics, dance, astronomy and biology. UF has separate colleges on campus including nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine and engineering. The university even has its own radio and television stations. Notably, one of the school's television stations has been broadcasting in the public arena since 1958.

By using the Florida College ROI Report rankings to help you choose a college that makes financial sense, you are saving yourself years of student debt obligations in the future.