Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Polk State College tuition is $2,483 per year for in-state residents. This is 66% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,203. The cost is 83% cheaper than the average Florida tuition of $14,570 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 15th in Florida amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 88th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $9,933 which represents a 300% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $883 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $3,366.

Housing Costs

Polk State 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 Winter Haven area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $8,339.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $2,000.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $3,696 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Florida residents to go to PSC is $17,401 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Florida residence can expect a one year cost of $24,851. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $12,221.

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

Costs and Tuition for Polk State College
Estimated Budgets
Florida Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$17,401
   In-State Tuition$2,483
   Other Fees$883
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$8,339
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,696
   Books and Supplies$2,000
Florida Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$12,221
   In-State Tuition$2,483
   Other Fees$883
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$6,855
   Books and Supplies$2,000
Non-Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$24,851
   Out-of-State Tuition$9,933
   Other Fees$883
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$8,339
   Off-Campus Other Budget$3,696
   Books and Supplies$2,000


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 $17,401 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 PSC net price for in-state students is $8,402* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

63% of Polk State College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,378. 56 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 $4,385. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Polk State College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Polk State College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,402*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid63%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,378
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants56%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,385

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$7,630
$30,001 to $48,000$8,755
$48,001 to $75,000$9,865
$75,001 to $110,000$11,194

Average Financial Aid Mix - $17,401 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $17,401. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 32% - $4,378

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

Federal Loans

 31% - $4,250

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

Out of Pocket

 37% -  $5,077

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.

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 Polk State College.

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 PSC is $69,604 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 $5,967 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $23,868**

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 $87,005 or $29,835 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 Polk State College.

Florida Resident Tuition Per Semester$1,242
Florida Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,700
Non-Florida Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,966
Non-Florida Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,426

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 Polk State College 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 Polk State College
Price per credit hour for Florida residents$112
Cost for one class for Florida residents (3 credit hours)$336
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$409
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,227
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,636


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. 9% of Polk State College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,250. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $9,771.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Polk State 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 $23,868, 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 $29,614.71. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Polk State 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 $5,967. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Polk State 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.

Polk State College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$246.79
Amount Borrowed$23,868.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$5,746.71
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$29,614.71

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend PSC? 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 Polk State 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 $29,614.71 would be needed to afford a $246.79 monthly payment in the example $23,868.00 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 Polk State 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 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 $69,604.00. 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 Polk State College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$23,930$95,722
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$30,542$122,168
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $38,980$155,921
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $45,124$180,498

Tuition History

What was tuition at PSC 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$2,373$9,509 8.4%
2011$2,190$8,765 -15.3%
2010$2,585$9,596 15.7%
2009$2,235$8,237 17.6%
2008$1,901$7,044 0%
2007$1,901$7,044 3.3%
2006$1,841$6,864 4%
2005$1,770$6,540 5.9%
2004$1,672$6,234 7.3%
2003$1,558$5,805 1.2%
2002$1,539$5,772 3.8%
2001$1,482$5,558 5.4%
2000$1,406$5,234 4.1%
1999$1,350$5,061 7.6%
1998$1,255$4,706 8.4%
1997$1,158$4,340 3.9%
1996$1,114$4,093 2.9%
1995$1,083$4,063 0.7%
1994$1,075$4,027 2.9%
1993$1,045$3,914 14.8%
1992$910$3,265 14.5%
1991$795$1,520 10.4%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Polk State 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 958 12% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 145 23% costlier
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist Associate's Degree 23 17% costlier
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 22 27% cheaper
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 20 37% costlier
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 15 18% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 14 15% costlier
Computer Programming, Specific Applications Associate's Degree 13 32% costlier
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 13 23% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 11 30% costlier
Computer Technology/Computer Systems Technology Associate's Degree 11 29% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 10 27% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 10 24% costlier
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist Associate's Degree 10 28% costlier
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 9 14% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Associate's Degree 8 29% costlier
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Associate's Degree 7 38% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 3 27% costlier
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 3 24% costlier
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary Associate's Degree 2 43% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 27% costlier
Engineering Technologies Associate's Degree 1 16% costlier


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About Polk State College

Polk State College is a four year public college located in Winter Haven, Florida.  Full time enrollment is 3,675 and part time is 6,916.  Polk State 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. Learn more about Polk State College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Polk State College
999 Avenue H NE
Winter Haven, Florida

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Polk State College 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.

Polk State College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=136516 IPEDS survey data.