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Top 20 Affordable Colleges in Florida

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Posted: April 24th, 2024

Florida has a a great number of affordable and high-quality options for higher education. With college costs skyrocketing, it’s always a good idea to have some cheap/affordable options. That’s why we created our Scholarships360 Affordability Index. Looking at Net Price, Average Student Debt, and a few other statistics, we ranked the schools in Florida by affordability. These are the 20 cheapest/most affordable colleges and universities in the state according to our index:

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Edward Waters University

Jacksonville, FL • Private, Non-Profit, City

Jacksonville, FL

Private, Non-Profit, City

80% acceptance rate
1,079 undergraduate students
28% graduation rate
$13,330 average per year after aid
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Tallahassee Community College

Tallahassee, FL • Public, City

Tallahassee, FL

Public, City

--% acceptance rate
10,653 undergraduate students
40% graduation rate
$4,136 average per year after aid
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Palm Beach State College

Lake Worth, FL • Public, Suburb

Lake Worth, FL

Public, Suburb

--% acceptance rate
20,631 undergraduate students
42% graduation rate
$8,999 average per year after aid
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Florida SouthWestern State College

Fort Myers, FL • Public, Suburb

Fort Myers, FL

Public, Suburb

--% acceptance rate
11,309 undergraduate students
40% graduation rate
$8,547 average per year after aid
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Daytona State College

Daytona Beach, FL • Public, City

Daytona Beach, FL

Public, City

--% acceptance rate
9,190 undergraduate students
39% graduation rate
$8,867 average per year after aid
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University of Florida

Gainesville, FL • Public, City

Gainesville, FL

Public, City

30% acceptance rate
34,044 undergraduate students
91% graduation rate
$3,679 average per year after aid
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Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL • Public, City

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Public, City

--% acceptance rate
25,570 undergraduate students
33% graduation rate
$14,577 average per year after aid
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Santa Fe College

Gainesville, FL • Public, Suburb

Gainesville, FL

Public, Suburb

--% acceptance rate
11,219 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$10,486 average per year after aid
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Valencia College

Orlando, FL • Public, City

Orlando, FL

Public, City

--% acceptance rate
36,131 undergraduate students
46% graduation rate
$14,742 average per year after aid
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University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL • Public, City

Jacksonville, FL

Public, City

77% acceptance rate
13,862 undergraduate students
67% graduation rate
$7,159 average per year after aid
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Florida Polytechnic University

Lakeland, FL • Public, Rural

Lakeland, FL

Public, Rural

55% acceptance rate
1,337 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$8,895 average per year after aid
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Florida International University

Miami, FL • Public, Suburb

Miami, FL

Public, Suburb

64% acceptance rate
39,936 undergraduate students
67% graduation rate
$6,232 average per year after aid
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The University of West Florida

Pensacola, FL • Public, City

Pensacola, FL

Public, City

53% acceptance rate
8,881 undergraduate students
52% graduation rate
$8,152 average per year after aid
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New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL • Public, City

Sarasota, FL

Public, City

74% acceptance rate
632 undergraduate students
66% graduation rate
$7,238 average per year after aid
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Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, FL • Public, City

Boca Raton, FL

Public, City

78% acceptance rate
23,695 undergraduate students
55% graduation rate
$7,990 average per year after aid
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University of South Florida

Tampa, FL • Public, City

Tampa, FL

Public, City

49% acceptance rate
36,681 undergraduate students
75% graduation rate
$8,318 average per year after aid
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Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL • Public, Suburb

Fort Myers, FL

Public, Suburb

89% acceptance rate
13,884 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$9,713 average per year after aid
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University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL • Public, Suburb

Orlando, FL

Public, Suburb

36% acceptance rate
59,710 undergraduate students
75% graduation rate
$9,217 average per year after aid
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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL • Public, City

Tallahassee, FL

Public, City

37% acceptance rate
33,368 undergraduate students
83% graduation rate
$9,561 average per year after aid
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The Baptist College of Florida

Graceville, FL • Private, Non-Profit, Town

Graceville, FL

Private, Non-Profit, Town

100% acceptance rate
252 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$7,641 average per year after aid
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We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

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