Nationally ranked
'best value' school

See why New College of Florida is consistently ranked a "best value" school by the most prestigious publications in the country.


At New College, we are proud of the fact that 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance. Several prestigious publications have recognized our combined strength of academic quality and low cost.

We’re affordable

New College has a competitive program guaranteeing scholarship funding to virtually all admitted freshmen who apply for the fall class by our priority deadline.

New College offers Ivy League quality at an affordable cost

Parents work hard to save for their children’s education. We know that higher education is a major investment.

The good news is that at New College, we have a very competitive guaranteed freshman scholarship program – guaranteeing scholarship funding to virtually all admitted freshmen who apply for the fall class by our priority deadline. We offer an ambitious array of both merit and need-based scholarships and grants. In fact, more than 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance.

Year after year, New College makes the list as a top “best value” school.

Fiske Guide to Colleges (2017) named New College a “Best Buy,” one of 47 colleges and universities – 21 public, 26 private – in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. selected for academic quality and affordable cost.

New College ranked No. 4 among all public liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges for 2016. New College was also named the 15th best nationally for students who have the least debt at graduation.

We’re rated as one of The Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Colleges That Pay You Back” noting the “impressive outcomes” from New College’s strong advising system and alumni network, as evidenced by the 64 Fulbright Scholarships that have been awarded to NCF students since 2005.

New College ranked No. 14 in Kiplinger’s “100 Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2016, and was ranked #1 among small public colleges, and #6 among public colleges for lowest total debt at graduation.

New College ranked No. 15 in Forbes Magazine (2015) list of “Best Value” colleges, ones that “deliver the goods without picking your pocket.”

Today, well over half of graduating college students has loans to repay. New College’s student debt numbers rank favorably nationally and statewide. In fact, New College students leave with less indebtedness than any of the Florida state universities.

According to a recent study by the Institute for College Access and Success, the average debt of a New College graduate was $16,640. The average debt for all public schools in Florida was $20,554 and nationwide, $24,443.

Our financial aid team plays an active role in making a New College education affordable. Please get in touch with us at 941-487-5000 or email

If you would like help with suggestions for affordable methods of financing, searching for scholarships, making side-by-side comparisons with other schools, or providing your child with advice about staying within their financial aid budget. We’re here to help!

Basic Financial Aid Information

We provide information and resources for learning about the wide range of need-based and non-need-based aid options available, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, terms and conditions, criteria for selection and determining award amounts, and how and when aid is disbursed.

If you receive Title IV HEA financial aid, it’s especially important to know your rights and responsibilities, how to maintain your eligibility, and how to make sure you fulfill your role as a responsible aid recipient.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA sets limits on the disclosure of personally identifiable information from school records, and defines rights of the student to review the records and request a change to the records.

Contact Information

Staff of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid provides assistance to prospective and enrolled students in obtaining financial aid information, during regular business hours ( 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday – Friday with the exclusion of major holidays and collegewide breaks).

Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Robertson Hall
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 487-5000