Tuition and Cost to Attend Fortis College

Annual Total Cost

The annual total list price cost to go to Fortis College was $23,590 for the 2013/2014 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Florida residence status as there is no in-state discount. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $14,347.

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Fortis College is $13,123 for the 2013/2014 academic year. This is 5% cheaper than the national average private for-profit two year college tuition of $13,855. The cost is $174 and 1% more expensive than the average Florida tuition of $12,949 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 17th in Florida amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 31st most expensive 2 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $370 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $13,493.

Housing Costs

Fortis College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Orange Park area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,243.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $854.

Costs and Tuition for Fortis College
Expenditure Price
Florida Resident Total Cost (Off Campus Housing)$23,590
   In-State Tuition$13,123
   Other Fees$370
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$9,243
   Books and Supplies$854
Florida Resident Total Cost (Living with Parents)$14,347
   In-State Tuition$13,123
   Other Fees$370
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   Books and Supplies$854
Non-Resident Total Cost (Off Campus Housing)$23,590
   Out-of-State Tuition$13,123
   Other Fees$370
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$9,243
   Books and Supplies$854

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.

What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $23,590 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Fortis College net price for in-state students $18,697* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

63% of Fortis College students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $4,358. 61 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,066. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Fortis College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Fortis College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$18,697*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid63%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,358
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants61%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,066

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last reported for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$18,460
$30,001 to $48,000$19,456
$48,001 to $75,000$19,726
$75,001 to $110,000$23,284
$110,000+n/a

Average Financial Aid Mix - $23,590 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $23,590. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.

18%
29%
52%

Grants and Scholarships

 18% - $4,358

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Fortis College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 29% - $6,886

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 52% -  $12,346

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.


Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Fortis College
Stenotype Institute of Jacksonville Inc Jacksonville21.9% more expensive
Sanford Brown Institute Jacksonville16.2% more expensive
Keiser Career College Jacksonville17.4% more expensive
Virginia College Jacksonville37.2% more expensive
Taylor College2.1% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Fortis College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Fortis College is $47,180 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $17,803 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $35,606**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2011-2012 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs



Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 64% of Fortis College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,886.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Fortis College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $35,606, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $44,612.07. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Fortis College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 63% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $17,803. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Fortis College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Fortis College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$371.77
Amount Borrowed$35,606.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,006.07
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$44,612.07

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Fortis College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Fortis College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $44,612.07 would be needed to afford a $371.77 monthly payment in the example $35,606.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Fortis College in the future? Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 2 year cost of $47,180.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Fortis College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2019$30,860$61,720
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2024$39,386$78,773
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2029 $50,268$100,536
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2032 $58,191$116,383

Tuition History

What was tuition at Fortis College five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearTuitionAnnual Increase

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Fortis College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Surgical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 27 29% costlier
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 15 20% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 13 10% costlier
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder Associate's Degree 12 11% costlier
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other Associate's Degree 7 9% costlier

Calculators

Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Fortis College or model a student loan.

College Savings Calculator

Plan and Save for College

Discover how much will you need to start saving now to afford Fortis College in the future.

Student Loan Calculator

Estimate Loan Payments

Modify the loan assumptions to fit your financial situation and likely tuition price. Then calculate your payoff and loan payments for a Fortis College student loan.

Prepayment Option

About Fortis College

Fortis College is a two year private college located in Orange Park, Florida.  Full time enrollment is 391 and part time is 0.  Fortis College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Address
Fortis College
560 Wells Road
Orange Park, Florida
32073

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Fortis College is a private, for profit school.