TALLAHASSEE— Despite rising tuition costs across the country, 19 Florida College System institutions nearly top the list of public four-year colleges with the lowest tuition rates.


TALLAHASSEE— Despite rising tuition costs across the country, 19 Florida College System institutions nearly top the list of public four-year colleges with the lowest tuition rates.



The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center released lists identifying college costs.



Among public, four-year institutions, the center identified 19 Florida colleges for the bottom 10 percent for tuition and fees. The FCS’s average for tuition and fees in public, four-year institutions is $2,792 — well below the mid-point of the $7,135 national average. The FCS’s average for tuition and fees for public, two-year institutions is $2,727 — below the national average of $2,905.



The U.S. Department of Education opened the center in 2011 to help track 4,000 institutions’ costs and provide data to help students discern higher education options.



Public, four-year colleges with lowest tuition



Palm Beach State College: $2,324



College of Central Florida: $2,365



Broward College: $2,446



Santa Fe College: $2,457



Pensacola State College: $2,540



Saint Johns River State College: $2,556



Indian River State College: $2,634



Florida State College at Jacksonville: $2,708



Edison State College: $2,728



Gulf Coast State College: $2,765



Northwest Florida State College: $2,851



Valencia College: $2,972



St Petersburg College: $2,988



State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota: $3,074



Chipola College: $3,100



Polk State College: $3,114



Seminole State College of Florida: $3,131



Daytona State College - $3,134



Miami Dade College - $3,164



Source: U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center.



For more information about the Florida College System, visit http://www.fldoe.org/fcs/.