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Pay for College

It's possible to earn a degree without a mountain of debt. Learn more and make a plan.

Residency for In-State Tuition

Students who are residents of Florida pay significantly lower tuition at state colleges and universities than students from other states. The average annual in-state tuition for a public university in Florida is $6,474 for full-time students. Tuition at state colleges is about two-thirds the amount of tuition at state universities.

Learn more about eligibility for in-state tuition.

Bright Futures Scholarships

Bright Futures Scholarships are awarded, based primarily on academic achievement, to recent Florida high school graduates who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at a public college or university in the state. Scholarship amounts vary based on GPA, scores on college entrance exams, community service hours and other factors.

Evaluations are based on information from your school district and the Florida Department of Education. You should verify your information and your eligibility with your school counselor.

Florida College Savings and Prepaid Plans

Florida offers two convenient options for families to save for college.

  • The Florida 529 Plan is a savings account which allows you to invest in options such as mutual funds. How much you invest and when you contribute to the plan is up to you, and earnings withdrawn for qualified education expenses are tax free.
  • The Florida Prepaid Plan allows you to pay for tuition and fees at a Florida public college or university at current prices. These plans have specific costs, payment schedules and defined benefits. 

Financial Aid

Paying for college may seem challenging, but Florida offers lots of options to finance your education, including scholarships and grants that do not have to be repaid, loans that need to be repaid after graduation, and work-study programs to offset living expenses. To get started, you will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid and a Florida Financial Aid Application. The FAFSA4caster is an online tool offered by the U.S. Department of Education that can help you understand your options for paying for college.

Learn more about financial aid programs.

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