Online Colleges in Florida

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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:

  1. Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  2. Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  3. At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  4. "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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Florida offers nearly 12,000 miles of coastline and clear rights to the nickname of "The Sunshine State." No wonder people from all over the country envision Florida as a retirement destination, giving it the largest population of senior citizens in the country. But they aren't all retiring: increasingly, Florida's seniors are putting off complete retirement and returning to school to extend their careers. Meanwhile, Florida's Millennial population is booming in several cities, including Orlando and Miami, and more than ever they're choosing to live with their parents, save money and enroll in college. All this adds up to a need for accessible, affordable and rapid learning. Enter online education.

Fortunately, Florida colleges and universities are stepping up their online offerings to meet this surging demand. Currently, 77 online colleges and universities offer some kind of distance education option to students.

In 2016, the State University System of Florida announced its goal of delivering 40 percent of its total undergraduate credit hours through online education by 2025, and the University of Florida's UF Online added more than 400 new courses and nearly 300 new instructors in the 2015-2015 school year, along with an innovative fee package enabling online students to take advantage of on-campus amenities and activities.

Best Online Colleges in Florida for 2018-19

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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.

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.
61
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 not usually offered at online colleges.

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. This includes:

  • 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.
43
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.
$28,736
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.
86
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.
$21,440
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.
24
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.
$18,368
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.
44%
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.
57
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:

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.
33
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:

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.
$6,507
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.
16
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.
15
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:

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.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Florida

While there are many universities and colleges where Sunshine State students can study, below are a few of the most economical two-year online colleges in Florida:

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 Type
Hillsborough Community College$2,50635%72-year
Florida Keys Community College$3,27631%12-year
Orion College$12,312100%22-year

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Florida

The following are five of the four-year colleges and universities in Florida with the lowest tuition costs. These schools are good options for students who want to earn a bachelor’s degree but also don’t want to break the bank.

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 Type
Tallahassee Community College$2,02629%64-year
Gulf Coast State College$2,37043%114-year
Valencia College$2,47441%14-year
Eastern Florida State College$2,49638%134-year
College of Central Florida$2,57050%114-year

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.

School Interviews

Want to know what makes attending online college in Florida special? Here are several viewpoints from educational leaders in the Sunshine State.

Dr. Christine Broeker
Technology will continue to emerge and improve ... and online learning will integrate new technology to enhance student learning.

Dr. Christine Broeker

Interim executive director of eLearning

Seminole State College

 
 

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Seminole State College of Florida?

Seminole State offers nearly 40 fully online programs, including two baccalaureate programs. The college, which is regionally accredited, ranks as one of the most affordable four-year colleges in the nation.

In August 2014, Seminole State added these online two-year programs: Fire Science, which is recognized by FEMA, and Entrepreneurship and Business Management which is unique in Florida.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Online programs require a unique commitment from students as well as good time management skills, motivation and self-discipline. Take a look at yourself and examine what type of programs work best for you.

Contact a faculty member or advisor in the online program you are interested in. In an online degree program, it is important to be able to reach someone if you need assistance. You can learn a lot about the type of support and service you will be able to count on from initial calls or emails.

At Seminole State, we offer several types of courses, from traditional to hybrid (online and on-campus) to fully online. We also encourage students to take advantage of resources that are available to them. At Seminole State, we offer online tutoring, incorporating librarians within certain courses to help with research; and a team of student success specialists who provide advising services for online students.

Finally, students interested in online programs should always make sure the institution is regionally accredited.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

We know we’ll continue to see an increase in the number of students. Enrollment increased 15.5 percent in fall 2014 compared with fall 2013.

We expect students will use a range of mobile technologies, such as tablets and smartphones, to learn online. Technology will continue to emerge and improve – such as through voice recognition, retina display, fingerprint scanners and webcam tools — and online learning will integrate new technology to enhance student learning.

 

Amy Locklear
Today we can give most students the delivery mode they need for success, be it online or on campus. That's the beauty of technology in modern higher education.

Amy Locklear

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Daytona State College

 
 

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at Daytona State College?

The college ranks among the top 10 Best Online Bachelor's programs in the country, two years running, according to U.S. News & World Report. More than half of Daytona State's students take one or more online courses a year, and last year nearly 3,000 students enrolled in fully online programs at DSC. The college offers online 11 degree programs - including two-year university transfer - and 10 online certificate programs.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

While online classes have grown in number and popularity throughout higher education, distance learning requires self-discipline and time management to keep up with coursework deadlines and online lectures. Some students thrive in that environment, embracing digital communication and freedom from a physical setting. Others learn better in face-to-face settings, interacting directly with professors and fellow students. DSC recommends students review its advisory web page about online benefits and challenges before jumping into distance learning.

Q. How is online learning changing higher education?

Today we can give most students the delivery mode they need for success, be it online or on campus. That's the beauty of technology in modern higher education.

It's an exciting time in education. We're constantly looking at new best practices and multimedia instruction to help the success of today's students, who come from all stages and walks of life.

 

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.

Florida Gift Aid: Grants & Scholarships

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.

Florida Loans

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

 
 
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