Higher Education

Florida College System (FCS)

Florida's colleges remain the primary point of access to higher education in Florida, with 65 percent of the state's high school graduates pursuing postsecondary education beginning at a Florida college, and 82 percent of freshman and sophomore minority students in public higher education attending one of Florida's 28 colleges.

Honors and Early College/Dual Enrollment programs attract some of the best and brightest minds and the colleges' open-door policies allow students who need remediation to get the skills they need for college-level courses. Many FCS students are the first in their families to attend college. Adult learners take college courses for personal and professional development, or to prepare for a new career.

More students enroll at Florida’s colleges to retool and retrain during economic downturns. We are more committed than ever to keeping our doors open, and to helping students get the training they need to improve their lives and help boost our state’s economy.

To learn more about the Florida College System, visit http://www.floridacollegesystem.com/. For more information about the Division of Florida Colleges, visit www.fldoe.org/schools/higher-ed/fl-college-system/.

State University System

The 11 institutions within Florida's State University System enhance the state and its many valuable assets by providing high quality academic degree programs to meet state economic and workforce needs, cutting edge research to address global problems, and community outreach to improve the quality of life for Floridians. 
State universities collectively offer nearly 1,800 degree programs at the baccalaureate, graduate, and professional levels and annually award over 73,000 degrees at all levels. 

Commission for Independent Education 

The Commission for Independent Education has statutory responsibilities in matters relating to nonpublic, postsecondary, educational institutions. In keeping with the Florida Department of Education's goal of producing a seamless educational system, some of these functions include consumer protection, program improvement, institutional policies and administration, data management, and the licensure of independent schools, colleges and universities.

Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA)

The Florida Department of Education, Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) serves as a guarantor for the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) and the administrator of Florida's scholarship and grant programs.  The OSFA mission is to facilitate higher education access and services by providing exemplary customer attention, comprehensive financial aid information, and convenient and efficient products.