Report: Florida colleges among most affordable in nation

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 05:29 PM.

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

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