About Full Sail’s Tuition Rates


Updated March 2014 to reflect current data

Full Sail University currently offers 29 bachelor’s degrees on campus and online, with tuition costs ranging from $54,000 to $77,500. How does this compare to the cost of other institutions’ bachelor’s degree programs? On average, a Full Sail bachelor’s degree costs anywhere between $9,000 and $24,000 less than one from one of Florida’s most-populated public or private universities.

We analyzed tuition costs at ten other schools in Florida, a group of schools that are – according to the data collated by the U.S. Department of Education that is available at the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS data site – the five largest public universities in Florida and the five largest private colleges in Florida.

We chose to look at the Florida schools with the largest student populations, as we felt that criterion was a good indicator of how accessible these institutions were from a financial perspective. And, since 72% of Full Sail’s campus students and 88% of our online students come from out of state*, we looked solely at out-of-state tuition costs. Yes, there are less expensive community college and in-state university options across the country; however, we believe that the specialization and quality of Full Sail’s curriculum makes enrollment here a unique decision. We also offer a number of scholarships for students who qualify. Considering those factors, along with our strong alumni success stories as well as the numerous accolades and institutional recognition we have received, we believe our tuition is priced appropriately.

This is what we found:

Florida’s Five Largest Public Universities (out-of-state):

  • Lowest tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $69,001
  • Highest tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $114,160
  • Median tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $86,532
  • Average tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $86,994

Florida’s Five Largest Private Colleges/Universities:

  • Lowest tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $56,400
  • Highest tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $99,000
  • Median tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $59.136
  • Average tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $71,740

Full Sail University Bachelor’s Degrees:

  • Lowest tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $54,000
  • Highest tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $77,500
  • Median tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $65,750
  • Average tuition & fees for a bachelor’s degree: $62,196

Tuition prices were taken from each institution’s website for the 2013-2014 academic year, and only include tuition and fees, not books, room and board, or living expenses. (When tuition information was not available on the institution’s website, we used the most recent data available via the IPEDS site.) When tuition was presented on a per-year basis, we multiplied that rate by four to determine the full cost of a bachelor’s degree program, since most students in traditional universities complete their bachelor’s programs in four to six years. When tuition was presented in a lump sum or range, we used the lowest lump sum number available. Additionally, another variable that could not be accounted for was annual tuition increases; some of the schools analyzed here raise tuition rates annually for all students, while Full Sail’s tuition rate remains fixed for each student from their start date.

*data based on 2013 Full Sail University enrollment numbers


  • Anonymous

    I for one would really appreciate the fact a bit more, if only I knew the five largest public universities in Florida and the five largest private colleges in Florida. I think it would really make the statement yet even more creditable.

    • http://www.fullsailblog.com Jason Ferguson

      We retrieved the data on school populations from the National Center for Education Statistics’ IPEDS data site at http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/default.aspx. The five largest public universities by population, according to IPEDS, were, in alphabetical order, Florida International University, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, and the University of South Florida. The five largest private colleges/universities by population, according to IPEDS, were, in alphabetical order, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Everest University – Brandon, Keiser University – Fort Lauderdale, Saint Leo University, and the University of Miami.

      • http://www.facebook.com/troy.williams.75286 Troy Williams

        Those numbers are not really a barometer if the degrees are completely different. Comparing tuition is one thing, but comparing the programs is another. Maybe if you provided the program specific comparison it would make more sense? For instance a 50,000 dollar degree in Psychology is much different than a 50,000 degree in Art.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Tainerif Cody Jones

    It should also be noted that while most people work part time through most colleges, that is not an option for most FS students. The flipside is that FS students graduate in about half the time. Then can use that time to offset the costs arguably more-so than working part time at a crap job while in college.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Sinclair/1329040242 Chris Sinclair

    still expensive for two year college no matter how you word it. Would love to attend, but I’m not a 1%

    • http://www.fullsailblog.com Jason Ferguson

      Chris: Although you can complete bachelor’s degrees at Full Sail in less time than traditionally paced universities require, it is still a full bachelor’s curriculum. Our curriculum is delivered at an accelerated pace with classes year-round and scheduling that is not dissimilar to that of a full-time job, an approach that is different than the 12-18 hours of weekly class time that many universities require during fall and spring semesters. This is why we compared the cost of getting a bachelor’s degree, rather than cost-per-semester or another metric that may not be exactly comparable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Standley/100001179196063 Christopher Standley

    as an online student, I will say that it is too expensive. Online students pay about $2000 per class, now x that by 15 students and the school is making 30k per online class. It would not be so bad if the course directors actually taught, but everything is “automated”, so to speak. There is no interaction between the students and the Course Directors. It is my feeling that all the Course Director does is grade papers. God forbid you ask a question…sometimes it can take days to get an response, sometimes I don’t even get a response. There is no reason FSO should be almost as expensive as campus.

    • http://www.fullsailblog.com Jason Ferguson

      Christopher, thanks for your comment. I’d very much like to help you resolve some of these issues, especially since your experience seems to have been different than that of many of our online students. Could you please email me at jasonf@fullsail.com? I would like to connect you with someone who can effectively address your concerns better than I can.

  • http://twitter.com/Falloutdesign61 Ryan Crittenden

    REALLY! You are not a real school so quit comparing rates> GARBAGE

  • Asbel Sanchez

    I attend Fullsail online and I am 100 percent satisfied. I haven’t had any problems with FSO or any professors. I am a person that does better in an online environment than that of a class. I have tried other schools that have a different teaching approach and they were not a match to my learning style. I like the fact that teachers are not dictating and not breathing down your neck, but they are there to help when they are sought after. I have always received responses from my teachers when I have inquired of them. Teachers have been great when I encounter a problem and were quick to resolve it. Hands down the best school I’ve been to. It is expensive, but what isn’t these days….besides people are going to spend their money anyway on one thing or another.

    • http://www.fullsailblog.com Jason Ferguson

      Thanks for the comment, Asbel. Glad you’re enjoying your Full Sail Online experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/IsraelBautista.1973 Israel Bautista

    I transferred to Full Sail from the Art Institute (on-line division) and the AIO was more expensive and the curriculum was unbalanced in my opinion, more design theory and little to learn about coding.
    Full Sail has a much better curriculum, but in my opinion the downside is the fast pace of the classes. I don’t feel like you actually get a chance to get a good grasp on the fundamentals because they try to cover so much in only 4 weeks, to me even an extra week would make a big difference.

    So as a way to get you expose to the material is great, but keep in mind, there is a lot more work on your part if you really want to learn, the school only scratches the surface specially in my major Web design and development.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricky132 Ricky Santiago

    My nephew is considering this school, I am not sure how I feel about the accelerated program. Is this the case for all students? I was more interested in addition to obtaining a top notch education for him to get the full college experience. I would like for him to be able to join clubs, get academic mentorship, and socialize with peers.

    • http://www.fullsailblog.com Jason Ferguson

      Ricky: The Full Sail experience is definitely unique when compared to other schools, but we certainly have plenty of student clubs, academic support for students, and lots of opportunities for students to socialize and collaborate. I’d suggest that if you or your nephew have questions about any of these things that you contact our Admissions department at admissions@fullsail.com; they’ll be more than happy to answer them.

  • Of Mice and Men

    Good article, however for the people that have Florida residency this article really discourages them from enrolling at Full Sail, since they could have gone to a 4 year public university instead for roughly $23,000, a quarter of the cost of Full Sails tuition.

    Also, this article fails to mention that Full Sail is nationally accredited, meaning the degree obtained will not hold any weight when applying to a graduate program any where else, other than Full Sail.

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  • http://2infamouz.com/music-production-schools/ Music Production Schools

    Wow looking at these figures threw me off. I always heard full sail’s music production courses were on the expensive side, but it looks like relative to other FL schools they offer a more affordable solution.

  • Victor Blake

    Was wondering does Full Sail participate in any monthly payment program like

    • fsblog

      Thanks for your question. At this time, Full Sail doesn’t currently offer any monthly payment options.

  • Saturnine

    My son is attending FS and loves it. After completing two years at a California JC he was ready for the fast pace of FS. He has joined clubs and met many people from all over the world. There are scholarship opportunities to help with tuition. The big plus for us is housing in Florida is 1/3 of what we are paying for second child in Los Angeles. Great school, great value and keeping my son excited about what he is learning.