While Florida Prepaid Plans can be used at private and public schools both inside and outside of Florida, it’s our in-state public institutions for which they were designed. Luckily, from one end of the peninsula to the other Florida is bursting with great accredited educational institutions where you can use the benefits of your Florida Prepaid College Plan and Florida 529 Savings Plan.
Formerly known as “community colleges,” these institutions provide affordable, accessible education at campuses throughout the state. And, while they’ve always offered associate’s degrees and trade certification programs, most Florida Colleges are now offering four-year bachelor’s degrees as well. The Florida College System is committed to expanding their degree programs as the demand for education continues to grow.
- Broward College – Fort Lauderdale
- Chipola College – Marianna
- College of Central Florida – Ocala
- Daytona State College – Daytona Beach
- Eastern Florida State College – Cocoa
- Florida Gateway College – Lake City
- Florida Keys Community College – Key West
- Florida SouthWestern State College – Fort Myers
- Florida State College at Jacksonville – Jacksonville
- Gulf Coast State College – Panama City
- Hillsborough Community College – Tampa
- Indian River State College – Fort Pierce
- Lake-Sumter State College – Sumterville
- Miami Dade College – Miami
- North Florida Community College – Madison
- Northwest Florida State College – Niceville
- Palm Beach State College – Lake Worth
- Pasco-Hernando State College – New Port Richey
- Pensacola State College – Pensacola
- Polk State College – Winter Haven
- Santa Fe College – Gainesville
- Seminole State College – Sanford
- South Florida State College – Avon Park
- St. Petersburg College – St. Petersburg
- St. Johns River State College – Palatka
- State College of Florida – Manatee-Sarasota
- Tallahassee Community College – Tallahassee
- Valencia College – Orlando
Some of the state’s most prestigious schools, these universities offer a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as top-notch facilities and the traditional “college experience” that most picture in their minds.
- Florida A&M University – Tallahassee
- Florida Atlantic University – Boca Raton
- Florida Gulf Coast University – Fort Myers
- Florida International University – Miami
- Florida Polytechnic University – Lakeland
- Florida State University – Tallahassee
- New College of Florida – Sarasota
- University of Central Florida – Orlando
- University of Florida – Gainesville
- University of North Florida – Jacksonville
- University of South Florida – Tampa
- University of West Florida – Pensacola
Technical (Vocational) Schools in Florida
While Prepaid Plans are designed to be used at a Florida College or State University, the amount covered by the plan can also be applied at other schools nationwide. Florida 529 Savings Plan benefits can also be used at schools nationwide.
Florida 529 Savings Plan and Florida Prepaid College Plan benefits may be applied to any eligible educational institution, as defined in s. 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. A list of these schools can be found using the Federal School Code Search through the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid Office. Some schools elect not to participate and receive Title IV funding, but could still be considered an eligible educational institution. If the school you are interested in is not listed, you may contact the school’s financial aid office to determine if the school is eligible. For more information, please see the Master Contract and / or the Program Description and Participation Agreement.
Private/Out-of-State Universities and Colleges
** Florida Prepaid College Plan and Florida 529 Savings Plan benefits may be applied to any eligible educational institution, as defined in s. 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Board will transfer an amount not to exceed the current average rates payable under the Beneficiary’s contract to a State University or Florida College. For more information, please see the Master Contract. The Federal School Code Search through Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, provides a comprehensive list of schools which meet the Title IV funding requirements of eligible educational institutions. Additionally, you may also ask the school’s financial aid office if the school is eligible, even if it elects not to participate, to receive Title IV funding.