Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Florida State University tuition is $4,022 per year for in-state residents. This is 44% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 72% cheaper than the average Florida tuition of $14,570 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 22nd in Florida amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 81st most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $16,540 which represents a 311% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,634 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $5,656.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,458 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Tallahassee should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $4,660 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $4,660 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Florida residents to go to Florida State is $21,774 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Florida residence can expect a one year cost of $34,292.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Florida State University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Florida State University
Estimated Budgets
Florida Resident Total Budget $21,774
   In-State Tuition$4,022
   Other Fees$1,634
   Room and Board$10,458
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,660
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Budget $34,292
   Out-of-State Tuition$16,540
   Other Fees$1,634
   Room and Board$10,458
   On-Campus Other Budget$4,660
   Books and Supplies$1,000


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 $21,774 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 Florida State net price for in-state students is $16,737* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

93% of Florida State University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,571. 27 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,468. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Florida State University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Florida State University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$16,737*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid93%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,571
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants27%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,468

Average Net Price for In-State Students 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 published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$12,737
$30,001 to $48,000$13,618
$48,001 to $75,000$16,473
$75,001 to $110,000$18,705

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,774 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,774. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 27% - $4,571

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

Federal Loans

 34% - $5,839

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

Out of Pocket

 39% -  $6,704

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

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 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.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Florida State is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 79/100 for Florida State University. Considering an average net price paid of $12,464, this leads to an overall value ranking of 79/100. This places the school 29th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Florida State University
University of Central Florida11.3% more expensive
The University of Alabama168% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Florida State University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Florida State is $87,096 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 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 $12,464 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $49,856**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $108,870 or $62,320 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 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

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Florida State University.

Florida Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,011
Florida Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,887
Non-Florida Resident Tuition Per Semester$8,270
Non-Florida Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,146

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Florida State University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Florida State University
Price per credit hour for Florida residents$218
Cost for one class for Florida residents (3 credit hours)$654
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$724
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,172
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,896


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. 37% of Florida State University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,839. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $22,772.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Florida State University? 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 $49,856, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $61,859.86. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Florida State University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 93% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $12,464. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Florida State University 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.

Florida State University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$515.50
Amount Borrowed$49,856.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$12,003.86
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$61,859.86

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Florida State? 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 Florida State University, 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 $61,859.86 would be needed to afford a $515.50 monthly payment in the example $49,856.00 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 Florida State University 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 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $87,096.00. 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 Florida State University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$29,944$119,777
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$38,217$152,870
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $48,776$195,105
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $56,464$225,858

Tuition History

What was tuition at Florida State 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 in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2012$3,100$17,544 8%
2011$2,870$16,627 -37.1%
2010$4,566$19,011 14.5%
2009$3,988$18,432 18.9%
2008$3,355$16,487 1.5%
2007$3,307$16,439 3.1%
2006$3,208$16,340 5.6%
2005$3,038$15,544 6.3%
2004$2,859$13,887 6.5%
2003$2,685$12,228 6.8%
2002$2,513$10,401 5.7%
2001$2,378$9,715 7%
2000$2,222$9,199 6.6%
1999$2,084$8,740 4.8%
1998$1,988$7,904 5.6%
1997$1,882$7,127 4.7%
1996$1,798$6,900 0%
1995$1,798$6,900 1%
1994$1,780$6,682 6%
1993$1,679$6,438 12.5%
1992$1,492$5,631 14.2%
1991$1,307$4,619 5.1%
1990$1,243$4,264 6.7%
1989$1,165$3,717 5.9%
1988$1,100$3,584 6.2%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Florida State University 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
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 244 11% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 136 8% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 133 4% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 111 54% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 101 6% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 88 15% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 81 3% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 81 11% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General Bachelor's Degree 76 1% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 75 18% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 74 1% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 62 19% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 55 15% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 54 27% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 53 23% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 51 17% cheaper
Social Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 47 11% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 47 14% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 46 10% cheaper
Social Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 44 8% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 43 16% cheaper
Interior Design Bachelor's Degree 41 11% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 35 19% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 35 1% costlier
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 34 18% cheaper
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 31 2% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 29 3% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 29 1% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 28 7% cheaper
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General Bachelor's Degree 28 15% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 26 15% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 25 4% cheaper
Industrial Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 15% cheaper
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 22 20% cheaper
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 20 9% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 18 22% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 18 24% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 17 24% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 16 2% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 16 28% cheaper
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 16 7% cheaper
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 15 19% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 15 20% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 15 8% cheaper
Insurance Bachelor's Degree 14 13% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 14 25% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 12 9% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 11 6% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 11 17% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 11 17% cheaper
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 11 9% cheaper
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 11 8% cheaper
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 11 5% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 9 19% cheaper
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 33% cheaper
Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling/Counselor Bachelor's Degree 9 9% costlier
Communication and Media Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 9 24% cheaper
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 8 20% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 8 27% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 7 21% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 27% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 7 35% cheaper
Statistics, General Bachelor's Degree 6 24% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 26% cheaper
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness Bachelor's Degree 6 22% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 6 35% cheaper
Cyber/Computer Forensics and Counterterrorism Bachelor's Degree 5 7% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 16% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 5 0% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 4 24% cheaper
Chemistry, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 18% cheaper
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 3 35% cheaper
Physics, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 27% cheaper
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 31% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 41% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 2 17% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 2 26% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 27% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 34% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 2 30% cheaper
Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 34% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 2 18% cheaper
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 1% costlier
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Dietetics/Dietitian Bachelor's Degree 1 6% cheaper
French Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 41% cheaper
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 1 19% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 8% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 7% cheaper
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 43% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 1 5% cheaper
Computational Biology Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper


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About Florida State University

Florida State University is a four year public college located in Tallahassee, Florida.  Full time enrollment is 35,201 and part time is 5,972. Learn more about getting accepted at Florida State University at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Florida State University
222 S. Copeland Street
Tallahassee, Florida

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Florida State University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Florida State University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=134097 IPEDS survey data.