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Top 10 Best Value

According to Kiplinger's Personal Finance, one of the nation’s leading publications in personal finance and business forecasting. FSU offers a high-quality education at an affordable price. Florida State cracked the Top 10 of the 2019 edition of Kiplinger's annual list of Best Values in Public Colleges, moving up five spots to No. 9 from the publication’s previous rankings. FSU also climbed one spot to No. 3 on Kiplinger’s list of best values among public institutions for out-of-state students. Florida State's continued upward trajectory in these rankings reflects the University's commitment to high standards of academic excellence and a dedication to affordability, accessibility and student success.

Undergraduate Costs 2020-2021

Estimated costs cover two semesters
(15 hours per semester)

  Florida Residents Non-Florida Residents
$ 6,516
$ 21,683
Housing (Most Common Room)1
$ 6,880
$ 6,880
Food (Most Popular Meal Plan)2
$ 4,396
$ 4,396
$ 1,000
$ 1,000
$ 18,792
$ 33,959
Health Insurance3
$ 2,786
$ 2,786
$ 21,578
$ 36,745

1 Click here for rental rates by residence hall.

2 Click here for the various meal plan options and the associated costs.

3 FSU has a mandatory health insurance policy for new students admitted to the University. The cost represents the annual individual premium for domestic students. (The premium for international students is $2,832.) Costs of meeting this requirement will be included in financial aid considerations. Students who currently have health insurance may show proof of comparable coverage and may not be required to purchase the University policy. Refer to for additional information.

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid assists students while securing federal, state, and institutional aid. Each year, more than 350 million dollars in aid is awarded to students. Students receive aid in the form of scholarships, grants, work study, and loans.

FSU offers admission on a need-blind basis. To be considered for financial aid you must complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available beginning October 1 and you should complete it no later than December 1 for priority consideration. Students admitted for the summer term should complete the 2020-2021 AND the 2021-2022 FAFSA. Resources to help students navigate the financial aid process can be found on the Financial Aid and Student Business Services websites.

Once the FAFSA is processed by the government, you will be sent a document called a Student Aid Report (SAR). It's important that you check your SAR for accuracy. This data will be used to determine your eligibility for need-based aid.