Best Value Colleges in Florida

In this year's College ROI Report, Florida has 37 schools that we have calculated a 20-year net and annualized ROI for, including statistics about students who live on campus and off campus, and for those who receive financial aid and those who don't.  Read More

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1Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$559,100
Total 4 Year Cost$203,900
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,520
2Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) - Daytona Beach, FL(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$542,500
Total 4 Year Cost$180,500
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$48,000
3University of Florida (UF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$456,800
Total 4 Year Cost$76,200
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,720
4University of Florida (UF)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$367,600
Total 4 Year Cost$165,400
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,720
5University of Central Florida (UCF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$303,600
Total 4 Year Cost$79,400
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
6Florida International University (FIU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$302,400
Total 4 Year Cost$90,600
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,960
7Florida State University (FSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$301,400
Total 4 Year Cost$81,600
Grad Rate77%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
8Jacksonville University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$294,700
Total 4 Year Cost$168,300
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
9University of North Florida (UNF)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$285,100
Total 4 Year Cost$77,900
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,120
10Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University (FAMU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$279,100
Total 4 Year Cost$73,900
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,840
11Eckerd College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$266,000
Total 4 Year Cost$197,100
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,680
12Saint Leo University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$265,200
Total 4 Year Cost$127,800
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,960
13Florida Atlantic University (FAU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$264,200
Total 4 Year Cost$78,800
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,400
14University of South Florida - Main Campus(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$261,500
Total 4 Year Cost$81,500
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,640
15Florida International University (FIU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$252,800
Total 4 Year Cost$140,200
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,960

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

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. has done the research for you so that you can easily determine if the school you wish to attend matches your monetary goals.

The best value colleges in Florida offer students the highest return on their investments. The one at the top of our list is the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. This institution is a private school that costs a total of $203,900 to attend. After 20 years, students can expect to earn $559,100 more than someone who did not earn a bachelor's degree would have.

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 it's 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.

The Florida Institute of Technology 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. Those who would like to participate in sports without playing can do so by joining the campus pep band or cheerleading squad.

A member of Luxembourg royalty was once a student at this educational institution. Former baseball player Tim Wakefield also attended this school before he began a long career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox, but everyone who attends this school is not necessarily wealthy. Those who applied for financial aid received an average $29,520 for four years, and a total of 21 percent of students received Pell Grant money.

The University of Florida is third on our list of Florida best value colleges. This university is a public institution that provides students with a quality education at a much lower in-state price at $76,200 for four years. The net 20-year ROI for students living on campus is equal to $456,800. A full 87 percent of students graduate with a degree, and several famous people have done exactly that, including Tim Tebow, Erin Andrews, Emmitt Smith, Joe Scarborough, Faye Dunaway, Stephen Stills and Marco Rubio.

Future students have several degree programs to choose from at the University of Florida, and they are management, Jewish studies, landscape architecture, criminology and law, economics, dance, astronomy and biology. Some of the colleges you will find on campus include nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine and engineering.

The University of Florida has many opportunities for students to engage in the arts as performers and spectators. For example, the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art is located on campus, and people enjoy performances at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre and Dance. 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.

When it comes to value of college education, Florida offers students many great choices: the Florida Institute of Technology, Embry-Riddle Aeronautic University, the University of Florida, Florida International University, Florida State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Florida Atlantic University and the University of South Florida. 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.