Reasonably priced education in the Sunshine state.

Here are some recommendations for six cheap colleges in Florida. The cost of paying for university tuition has increased so much in recent years, no wonder that many students want to earn a college degree online in Florida. But a large part of the college experience is going to college classes in person, living in the dorms, and meeting other students (and coeds) on campus.

Before you fill out the FAFSA forms and apply for financial aid remember this: If you want to apply to college in Florida, choose a university that you can afford. Here is a list of six cheap colleges for you to consider attending in Florida (in order from north to south in the state).florida-college-cheap-university-schools

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

  • Founded in 1823, FSU, in the state's capital, offers over 275 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, professional, and specialist degree programs, including law and medicine
  • offers on-campus and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
  • approximately 40,000 students
  • home of the Seminoles

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

  • Tracing its history back to 1853, UF has a 2000-acre campus and over 900 buildings of which about 170 have classrooms and labs
  • enrollment of more than 50,000 students annually
  • over 100 undergraduate programsGators
  • about 200 graduate programs as well as professional degree programs in pharmacy, dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine
  • home of the Gators (college football)

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

  • Founded in 1963 as Florida Technological University
  • 1415-acre main campus, with 600 acres set aside for lakes, woods, and an arboretum
  • over 200 degree programs including optics, modeling and simulation, engineering and computer science, business administration, hospitality management, digital media, and education
  • more than 56,000 students at its main campus and ten regional campuses located throughout central Florida
  • home of the UCF Knights

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

  • dates back to the 1950s after Florida House Bill 1007 creates a state university in Hillsborough County
  • about 47,000 students at campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee, and Lakeland
  • over 230 degree programs at undergraduate, graduate, specialist, and doctoral levels; offers distance learning
  • home of the USF Bulls

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

  • dedicated in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson
  • over 28,000 students on seven campuses and sites
  • more than 170 degree programs including master's and doctoral studies
  • home of the FA Owls

Florida International University, Miami, FL

  • opened in 1972 with over 5,600 students
  • student body of more than 44,000
  • FIU's colleges and schools offer more than 200 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs, including engineering, international relations, and law
  • opened the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in 2009
  • home of the FIU Panthers

Now what? Saving money is about a number of factors. One thing to consider is location. Is the college or university that you've chosen within driving range of cheap housing situation for you - home or with relatives? If that is the case make sure you have reliable transportation to commute each day.

If you cannot live at family, find out if any of your friends will attend a school on your interest list. With this is mind it should be possible to reduce all expenses of moving, traveling, and living near school by sharing them with a friend or group of friends. Also consider contacting the housing office at your schools of choice and ask about information about reasonably-priced, off-campus housing. They may even have an online, electroni 'bulletin-board' system to match potential roomates. This is useful if your local friend flakes out at the last minute and leaves you desperate for last minute change-of-plan ideas.

Either way, you can easily save money by attending one of these six cheap colleges in Florida, or one of the other fairly priced academic institutions in the sunshine state. You'll be joining many thousands of other students who made the same wise decision.