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New College, Four Other Florida Universities Education Bargains

February 4, 2013 - 6:00pm

Five of Floridas universities have been ranked as being among the best public school values in the nation, with one in the top three, following only the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina.

New College of Florida in Sarasota earned its top ranking by The Princeton Review -- the New York-based education services company unaffiliated with the New Jersey college -- for having a select student body paying $6,763 a year for in-state tuition.

Their total annual cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, room and board and books and supplies, averaged $19,500 for freshmen attending public universities in their home state, and $54,200 for those going to private schools, USA Today reported.

When freshman grants, including state, federal and institutional aid, are factored into the cost, the final tab drops to $10,600 at public universities and $21,700 at private universities.

The others listed -- without ranking -- in the top 150 were the University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida and the University of North Florida.

The rankings werent unexpected by State University System Chancellor Frank Brogan.

Happily, this news comes as no surprise to us, Brogan stated in a release. We are proud of all our universities for providing high-quality higher education at an incredible deal for our students and our state.

The rankings come as state lawmakers are expected to revisit the pre-eminence education bill that would have allowed universities the power to seek higher tuition increases with the goal of building nationally-touted science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.

Legislators approved the bill, HB 7129, last year but it was vetoed by Scott over concerns of mounting debt already being incurred by recent graduates.

Reach Jim Turner at or at (772) 215-9889.

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