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.

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School Name
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
16.9%6.9%9.2%9.2%$549,000$549,000$615,000$615,000$194,000$194,00055%5$48,40028%
1Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach(Private)
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI9.2%
Annual ROI9.2%
20 Year Net ROI$549,000
20 Year Net ROI$549,000
20 Year Net ROI$615,000
20 Year Net ROI$615,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$48,400
Grant Money Received28%
26.1%6.1%9.2%9.2%$510,000$510,000$608,000$608,000$223,000$223,00058%4$31,00022%
2Florida Institute of Technology(Private)
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI9.2%
Annual ROI9.2%
20 Year Net ROI$510,000
20 Year Net ROI$510,000
20 Year Net ROI$608,000
20 Year Net ROI$608,000
Total 4 Year Cost$223,000
Total 4 Year Cost$223,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$31,000
Grant Money Received22%
39.6%9.6%11.7%11.7%$430,000$430,000$455,000$455,000$81,600$81,60087%4$24,40025%
3University of Florida(In-State)
Annual ROI9.6%
Annual ROI9.6%
Annual ROI11.7%
Annual ROI11.7%
20 Year Net ROI$430,000
20 Year Net ROI$430,000
20 Year Net ROI$455,000
20 Year Net ROI$455,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,600
Total 4 Year Cost$81,600
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,400
Grant Money Received25%
45.6%5.6%6.5%6.5%$340,000$340,000$366,000$366,000$171,000$171,00087%4$24,40025%
4University of Florida(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.6%
Annual ROI5.6%
Annual ROI6.5%
Annual ROI6.5%
20 Year Net ROI$340,000
20 Year Net ROI$340,000
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
Total 4 Year Cost$171,000
Total 4 Year Cost$171,000
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,400
Grant Money Received25%
58.0%7.6%9.6%9.0%$339,000$332,000$363,000$355,000$92,800$100,00056%5$23,80052%
5Florida International University(In-State)
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROI9.6%
Annual ROI9.0%
20 Year Net ROI$339,000
20 Year Net ROI$332,000
20 Year Net ROI$363,000
20 Year Net ROI$355,000
Total 4 Year Cost$92,800
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$23,800
Grant Money Received52%
68.1%8.1%10.8%10.8%$319,000$319,000$351,000$351,000$84,200$84,20067%4$34,00036%
6University of South Florida-Main Campus(In-State)
Annual ROI8.1%
Annual ROI8.1%
Annual ROI10.8%
Annual ROI10.8%
20 Year Net ROI$319,000
20 Year Net ROI$319,000
20 Year Net ROI$351,000
20 Year Net ROI$351,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,200
Total 4 Year Cost$84,200
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$34,000
Grant Money Received36%
77.9%7.9%9.4%9.4%$314,000$314,000$335,000$336,000$87,800$87,50080%4$28,50026%
7Florida State University(In-State)
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI9.4%
Annual ROI9.4%
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
20 Year Net ROI$314,000
20 Year Net ROI$335,000
20 Year Net ROI$336,000
Total 4 Year Cost$87,800
Total 4 Year Cost$87,500
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$28,500
Grant Money Received26%
87.9%7.8%10.2%10.1%$313,000$312,000$344,000$343,000$88,400$89,10050%5$26,20041%
8Florida Atlantic University(In-State)
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI7.8%
Annual ROI10.2%
Annual ROI10.1%
20 Year Net ROI$313,000
20 Year Net ROI$312,000
20 Year Net ROI$344,000
20 Year Net ROI$343,000
Total 4 Year Cost$88,400
Total 4 Year Cost$89,100
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,200
Grant Money Received41%
97.9%7.9%9.5%9.5%$306,000$306,000$329,000$329,000$86,200$86,20069%5$24,60031%
9University of Central Florida(In-State)
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI9.5%
Annual ROI9.5%
20 Year Net ROI$306,000
20 Year Net ROI$306,000
20 Year Net ROI$329,000
20 Year Net ROI$329,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,200
Total 4 Year Cost$86,200
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$24,600
Grant Money Received31%
105.7%5.4%6.6%6.3%$290,000$282,000$313,000$305,000$142,000$150,00056%5$23,80052%
10Florida International University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.7%
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI6.6%
Annual ROI6.3%
20 Year Net ROI$290,000
20 Year Net ROI$282,000
20 Year Net ROI$313,000
20 Year Net ROI$305,000
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Total 4 Year Cost$150,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$23,800
Grant Money Received52%
117.7%7.7%10.1%10.0%$286,000$285,000$315,000$315,000$84,000$84,60054%5$25,40028%
11University of North Florida(In-State)
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROI7.7%
Annual ROI10.1%
Annual ROI10.0%
20 Year Net ROI$286,000
20 Year Net ROI$285,000
20 Year Net ROI$315,000
20 Year Net ROI$315,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,600
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$25,400
Grant Money Received28%
125.9%5.9%7.5%7.5%$276,000$276,000$308,000$308,000$128,000$128,00067%4$34,00036%
12University of South Florida-Main Campus(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.9%
Annual ROI5.9%
Annual ROI7.5%
Annual ROI7.5%
20 Year Net ROI$276,000
20 Year Net ROI$276,000
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
Total 4 Year Cost$128,000
Total 4 Year Cost$128,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$34,000
Grant Money Received36%
134.7%4.2%8.5%7.5%$274,000$256,000$366,000$348,000$182,000$200,00031%5$25,70061%
13Barry University(Private)
Annual ROI4.7%
Annual ROI4.2%
Annual ROI8.5%
Annual ROI7.5%
20 Year Net ROI$274,000
20 Year Net ROI$256,000
20 Year Net ROI$366,000
20 Year Net ROI$348,000
Total 4 Year Cost$182,000
Total 4 Year Cost$200,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$25,700
Grant Money Received61%
143.7%3.5%6.1%5.9%$265,000$259,000$357,000$350,000$250,000$257,00082%4$34,20012%
14University of Miami(Private)
Annual ROI3.7%
Annual ROI3.5%
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI5.9%
20 Year Net ROI$265,000
20 Year Net ROI$259,000
20 Year Net ROI$357,000
20 Year Net ROI$350,000
Total 4 Year Cost$250,000
Total 4 Year Cost$257,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$34,200
Grant Money Received12%
15 (tie)5.5%5.5%6.8%6.8%$263,000$263,000$294,000$293,000$138,000$139,00050%5$26,20041%
15 (tie)Florida Atlantic University(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI6.8%
Annual ROI6.8%
20 Year Net ROI$263,000
20 Year Net ROI$263,000
20 Year Net ROI$294,000
20 Year Net ROI$293,000
Total 4 Year Cost$138,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$26,200
Grant Money Received41%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

The best value colleges in Florida are ones that offer students high returns on the cost of tuition based on alumni salaries. 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 consistently lands high on our list of best value colleges in Florida. 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.

The University of Florida also lands high 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). 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.


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