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Online Colleges in Florida

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Students considering a Florida online college can find many options for degree programs that align with key industries in the state. Whether you're currently working in IT or in financial services, or if you're looking to explore career options in fields like aviation, clean tech, or manufacturing, multiple offerings of online degree programs at the associate, bachelor's, and graduate levels can be found in Florida.

Florida offers prospective students the following online college options:

  • More than 100 online colleges and universities are available in The Sunshine State; about 40 are public and almost 70 are private.
  • Of the private nonprofit online schools in Florida, 15 are faith-based institutions.
  • Online associate degree programs are available at 90 schools, online bachelor's degrees can be earned at almost 100 colleges, and advanced degrees can be earned online at 61 Florida colleges.
  • The Florida State University System offers the most online majors — more than 200. In terms of individual schools, Nova Southeastern University and Rasmussen College offer the greatest numbers of online programs.

While Florida ranks second in the nation for its number of students enrolled in distance education, the state's leaders want to grow that number — delivering 40 percent of its undergraduate credits online by 2025. The state also wants more of its residents to earn college credentials. Complete Florida aims to help residents who may have earned some college credits, but not a degree, complete their certificate, associate or bachelor's degree program at Florida colleges, including including online schools.

Read on to learn about the best online colleges in Florida as well as the most affordable ones. Plus, find Florida-specific financial aid resources.

What Makes a Good Online College?

With so many online colleges in Florida to choose from, searching for the perfect school for you can be overwhelming. To help students find the right school, we have compiled the following lists of accredited online colleges around the state. The schools on this page have been accredited by official organizations such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. These credentials are a testament to the educational standards of each institution, and there are other benefits as well. Learn more about why accreditation matters at our "What is College Accreditation?" page, or check the Florida Department of Education's website for more details on accreditation in Florida.

In addition to accreditation, our rankings are based on carefully chosen criteria. No matter what they study, students can benefit from schools that offer career services, academic services, affordable tuition or financial aid, which is why these are some of the factors we assess. A more detailed explanation of the data we use for our rankings — and how students benefit from these factors — can be found in the "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page.

Best Online Colleges in Florida for 2018-19

If you're considering online colleges, you probably want to be sure you'll be getting your money's worth from your education. To help you find the school that's best for you, we've gathered data on their tuition costs, acceptance rates and more from the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to create this: a list of the 10 best online colleges in Florida. (To create your own list, try taking our Top Colleges Tool for a spin.) Our unique methodology, which you can read about at the bottom of this page, is designed to guide students' search for online programs. So, without further ado, here are our picks.

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1

University of Florida - Gainesville

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,381
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
59%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50
School Type
4-year

The online University of Florida is part of the UF Online arm of the University of Florida system, which offers fully online programs for undergraduates and graduates, not to mention numerous non-credit and continuing education courses and programs. Subjects include anthropology, biology, criminology, environmental management, nursing and more. Students may also add minors to their programs of study — an option that is not always available for online programs.

Online students at UF also have access to many career-oriented resources that can help them plan for and work towards a career while they are enrolled in their online courses. These include:

  • Virtual career fairs
  • The largest career fair in the Southeast
  • Access to exclusive job postings
 
2

University of Central Florida

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,368
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
56%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45
School Type
4-year

The University of Central Florida earns high marks on our list for its robust slate of programs — taught by the same faculty as its in-person courses — and its relatively low tuition cost. UCF distinguishes itself by offering many unusual programs of study, including technical education and industry training, digital forensics, exceptional student education, autism spectrum disorders, corrections leadership and destination marketing.

Part of making college accessible for the population of Florida is supporting students, and UCF offers some great perks in this area. They include career planning assistance and an Office of Student Involvement that was created in order to help students find student organizations that can enrich their academic lives.

 
3

Nova Southeastern University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$29,930
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
102
School Type
4-year

A private research university at the southern-most end of the state, Nova Southeastern University boasts of its favorable student-teacher ratio, the quality of its facilities and the experience of its faculty. As of 2018, the school's diverse student body attends from over 116 countries, located across five continents.

Members of that student body can take advantage of more than 150 undergraduate programs, many of which can be taken entirely online. In addition to on-campus options, students can also seek out education at NSU's regional campuses, selective online courses or programs certified by the SREB Electronic Campus. With one of the "most applied to" dental colleges in America and the only National Center for Excellence on Coral Reef Research, NSU certainly has many interesting opportunities to offer its students.

 
4

Saint Leo University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$22,220
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
68%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
62
School Type
4-year

Saint Leo offers six eight-week terms per year of fully online programs to meet students' scheduling needs. With offerings ranging from online associate degree programs all the way up to online doctoral programs -- and some programs with the option to further specialize into various minors -- students have many choices at their fingertips at this university. Saint Leo also presents several resources in hopes of helping its students succeed, such as:

  • Access to online organizations, such as accounting and pre-law associations, to help build professional networks
  • Professional online tutoring, which is free and offered 365 days a year, 24 hours a day
  • Peer mentoring to answer questions or discuss issues
  • A student advisor assigned to each student, to provide valuable input on courses, schedules and more
 
5

University of South Florida - Main Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,410
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
51%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22
School Type
4-year

USF was founded in 1956, becoming the first independent state university that was conceived, planned and built in the 20th century. This set the tone for USF as a thoroughly modern, hands-on university. It became the first university in the country to offer special services to veterans using the GI Bill, and its attention to research has been recognized by the National Science Foundation multiple times.

The school's commitment to innovation is further expressed in its online education services. Its Innovative Education program provides distance learning, continuing education, degree completion, certificate, workforce development, lifelong learning and pre-college programs. USF offers both fully and partially online graduate certificates and partially online bachelor's and master's degree programs, in subjects including applied sciences, information studies, information technology, nursing and criminal justice.

 
6

Keiser University - Ft. Lauderdale

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$19,224
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
47%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37
School Type
4-year

Keiser was founded in 1977 with the goal of providing a career-focused education for its students. Courses are taken one at a time, with each course running for four weeks. This unique approach helps students to focus on their studies for that one course completely, rather than juggling several classes at once. Through Keiser's Online Division, undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in several disciplines, such as:

  • Chiropracty
  • Criminal justice
  • Fire science
  • General studies
  • Information technology

Students also may appreciate knowing that Keiser relies on advisory boards in each program of study. These boards are comprised of industry professionals, alumni, community leaders, faculty and staff who can provide input on common practices in those fields. Their insight is used to help improve Keiser degree programs for their students.

 
7

Florida International University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,556
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
55%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
45
School Type
4-year

Florida International University's online learning division, FIU Online, claims self-paced learning, accelerated completion and real-world skills as its focus. No wonder it is one of the best online colleges in Florida! FIU's fully online bachelor's degrees can be earned in subjects such as:

  • Early childhood education
  • Health services administration
  • Hospitality management
  • International business
  • Marketing

FIU students can benefit from the university's Academy of Leaders leadership development certification program; an emphasis on global learning in every curriculum; an Honors College that promotes lifelong learning and community engagement; and Success Coaches, who are assigned to students to guide their experience, whether it comes to time-management help or study skills.

 
8

Florida State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,656
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
36%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15
School Type
4-year

Florida State is renowned for its commitment to online options for students; it has actually received notice from lawmakers for its innovative approaches. In 2013, Governor Rick Scott designated FSU as a "preeminent university," meaning that it is eligible to receive state funding to become nationally prominent. The designation is based on many of the same criteria that helped put it on our top 10 list: graduation rate, retention rate and available student funding and resources.

FSU's online undergraduate programs are called "advanced standing degrees." Students are generally required to complete 60 or more semester hours of transferable credit, including the school's liberal arts requirement, in order to enroll in these programs. On-campus or off, the university's programs are notable for their favorable student-teacher ratios and accompanying mentoring services.

 
9

Florida National University - Main Campus

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,250
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
57%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
26
School Type
4-year

Florida National University is a relative newcomer to the Florida education scene. It opened its doors in January 1988, and has the distinction of being focused on the diversity of their student body — primarily on the education of Hispanic students. Its emphasis on career preparation extends to its support services, with job placement assistance, resume services, career advisement, employment workshops, mock interview sessions and job fairs.

FNU offers an online English as a Second Language certificate and career education diploma program, as well as degree programs in subjects such as accounting, computer information technology, nursing and paralegal studies. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are available at the university, accommodating a variety of students from different walks of life.

 
10

Florida Atlantic University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$4,831
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18
School Type
4-year

Florida Atlantic University was created as a distance-learning provider in 1964, back when "distance learning" meant correspondence courses that were videotaped and mailed to students. Since then, FAU has expanded to include video-streaming of courses, classes held over online-conferencing tools, and completely online curricula that use interactive multimedia as part of their delivery. The university's fully online programs include:

  • Online bachelor's degree programs in subjects such as business administration, geography, RN-to-BSN, public safety and computer science
  • Online master's degree and graduate certificate programs in various education, health and business subjects

In brief, distance education is FAU's specialty, and the school earns high marks for its keen understanding of its students' needs. Its user-friendly website even includes pages written specifically for new moms, busy working parents and night owls, demonstrating the university's commitment to educating nontraditional students of all kinds.

 

Affordable Online Colleges in Florida for 2018-19

Many students are concerned about the cost of pursuing a higher education and are looking for a quality, yet reasonably priced school. Below you can read about a sampling of the most affordable community colleges and universities in Florida. The schools are listed due to their in-state tuition, which was reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

To see Florida schools arranged in a ranked list and filter it on overall quality, affordability, or many other desirous qualities, see our Top Colleges Tool.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Hillsborough Community College$2,50635%9hccfl.edu
    Orion College$13,680100%4orioncollege.org
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL WEBSITE
    Broward College$1,41527%13broward.edu
    Tallahassee Community College$2,02629%4tcc.fl.edu
    Gulf Coast State College$2,37043%10gulfcoast.edu
    Valencia College$2,47441%1valenciacollege.edu
    Eastern Florida State College$2,49638%17easternflorida.edu

College Accreditation in Florida

Picking an accredited college is just as important as picking the right major. That hard-earned degree has to be valid in a student's home state.

According to the Department of Education, there are 595 accredited schools in Florida. The state's largest college systems, the University of Florida in Gainesville, the Florida State University system, and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, are accredited by the same regional body:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Smaller schools and religious schools in Florida may be accredited by different governing bodies. Students can check with the Department of Education to see if a school is accredited by a valid governing body.

 

Financial Aid Resources in Florida

In addition to its sunny climate and fantastic institutes of higher learning, Florida also offers numerous grant and scholarship opportunities for its resident students, which serve to encourage them to stay in-state for their college years. This is partially thanks to the Florida Department of Education's Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA), which administers a variety of state-funded grants and scholarships to assist Florida residents with the net costs of college.

What Grants and Scholarships are Available in Florida?

Luckily for Sunshine State residents, there are numerous need- and merit-based financial aid packages available, especially for those interested in pursuing undergraduate studies in their home state. Some programs run by the state are only offered at partner institutions, so be sure to see which schools participate before you apply.

1.John C. Pace Jr. Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Maximum award is given to applicants who rank in top tenth of their graduating class, with priority given first to graduates from Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties. Second priority is given to graduates from other schools in West Florida, and third priority to graduates from other Florida schools. Application is required. Ten minimum awards are given to applicants who meet other criteria.
Award Amount
$5,000
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
Satisfactory academic progress and/or minimum 3.0 GPA are required to retain scholarship. Renewable for up to four years.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.American Legion Department of Florida General ...
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be direct descendents of American Legion members in good standing or deceased U.S. veterans who would have been eligible for membership. They must be seniors at accredited Florida high schools who plan to pursue undergraduate study upon graduation. Funds must be used within four years of graduation, excluding active military service.
Award Amount
$2,500
Application Deadline
March 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.American Legion Auxiliary Memorial Scholarship
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must be a member or the daughter or granddaughter of a member with continuous membership in a unit within the Department of Florida for at least three consecutive years prior to date of application. Applicant must be a Florida resident and must attend a Florida school. Application must be requested by January 1.
Award Amount
$1,000
Application Deadline
January 1
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains a good scholastic record, financial need, and reapplies.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.Florida Striders Track Club College Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Northeast Florida resident for the past two years who is a graduating high school senior and who is a runner and active in track and field events. Transcript, essay, and personal reference required.
Award Amount
N/A
Application Deadline
March 11
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

For an in-depth look at the different forms of financial aid, read our Ultimate Guide to Grants or our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

Student Loans in Florida

Florida does not have a state-specific loan program for students since their financial aid programs focus on scholarships and grants. While earning scholarships and grants are preferable to taking out student loans, loans may be necessary for some students to cover the cost of college. In that case, students should fill out a FAFSA and look into federal student loans.

Learn more about student loans, including federal loan programs, in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Florida

Costs for Out-of-State Students in Florida

Nearly 41,000 students sent in applications to be part of the 2018 University of Florida freshman class. That was a 16 percent jump from the year before, and the increase was largely attributable to out-of-state students trying to get into one of Florida's premier institutions. Meanwhile, over at Florida State University, the school saw a 35 percent increase in the number of non-resident applicants.

Out-of-state tuition may seem like an obstacle for these students, but Florida offers a number of options to help offset non-resident prices:

  • Non-resident waivers: Florida institutions have the option to waive out-of-state tuition in a number of situations. Waivers may be granted to state employees, certain classroom teachers and vocational students among others.
  • Academic Common Market: This regional program is available to students in 15 Southern states. If your home state doesn't offer the degree program you want, out-of-state tuition may be waived for you to enroll in a Florida school.
  • Online college courses: Some schools, like the University of Florida, offer their online degree programs at a reduced cost. Out-of-state online students may pay more per credit than in-state students, but their cost can be less than non-resident students who study on campus.

And these aren't your only options. There may scholarships, grants or other programs available to out-of-state students. The links below have some program details, but the best source of information will be your school's admissions and financial aid offices.

 
 
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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
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