The United States News and World Report has released their list of best states for higher education. Florida tops the list. There are several reasons that Florida topped the list. Florida’s universities and colleges have relatively low tuition rates, which is one of the reasons that the state came in first place on the list. Florida also topped the list because over 50 percent of the students who enroll in a two-year program complete it within three years.
Rick Scott, who is the governor of Florida, has been trying to make changes to the educational system. The Florida Senate also wants to make changes to the educational system. They want to increase financial aid for students. They also want to increase pay for faculty. Marshall Criser III is the chancellor of the University system in the state. He has stated that the changes inspire people to further improve the educational system in the state.
Florida is also home to some of the best colleges in the country. Florida State University and The University of Florida frequently top the list of U.S. News And World Report’s best public universities as well as numerous other publications.
Additionally, Florida’s average college debt is lower than the national average. In 2014, the national college debt average was $30,000. In Florida, the average college debt is $23,379. This is 24 percent lower than the national average in the United States. Fifty-three percent of students in Florida graduate with debt. Sixty-eight percent of college graduates in the U.S. have debt when they graduate.