St. Petersburg College and 18 other Florida College System institutions have landed at the top of a list of public, four-year colleges with the lowest tuition and fees in the country.
The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center this week released lists identifying college costs to help students make informed choices about higher education.
It named the top 10 percent of institutions with the lowest and highest tuition and fees, the lowest and highest net cost and with the fast-rising costs.
The average for tuition and fees in the Florida College System for public, four-year institutions on the list is $2,792, well below the national average of $7,135. The reported average for SPC is $2,988.
The other Florida College System institutions on the list, with their average tuition and fee costs, are:
• 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)
• St. 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)
• 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)
Gov. Rick Scott said, “The news that Florida colleges are the most affordable in the nation is a testament of our efforts to fight tuition and fee increases, as well a testament to the hard work of our college leaders and educators in expanding opportunities for students.”
“The Florida College System has a longstanding history of keeping tuition rates low, ensuring all Floridians have access to affordable, high-quality education and job training,” said Chancellor Randy Hanna. “We take great pride in being among the most affordable colleges in the nation.”
The center used data from more than 4,000 institutions.
For more information and to view the reports, visit the College Affordability and Transparency Center.