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What is the difference in a private college and a state college.

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What is the difference in a private college and a state college. To be more specific, Florida State (FSU), University of Florida (UF) and University of Miami (UM)? Aren't they all State colleges or is any one private?
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FSU and UF are State schools. UM is a private school. Tuition at state schools are generally lower and they provide discounted tuition and financial aid to qualified Florida residents (in regard to the schools you mentioned, but the same holds true of any state school). Tuition at private schools is typically much higher, although they may offer some special scholarships to help defray the cost for students.

State colleges are 'public' (like public schools--high schools, elementary, etc.) and receive funding from the state, contributed to by the taxpayers of that state, and that is what allows them to charge less for tuition (although college tuition is skyrocketing all over the U.S.) and offer specific scholarships and grants to residents of that particular state.

Private colleges depend mainly on funds from tuition, in addition to private 'benefactors' or sponsors who make generous donations.

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