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Students at the State College of Florida–Manatee-Sarasota are offered a full roster of associate and baccalaureate degrees, as well as a long list of certificates. SCF's programs are all geared towards preparing students for success in their chosen field. For instance, SCF students can launch their careers with a two-year degree in a business field such as accounting, management, or risk management, among others. Technology students, on the other hand, can complete associate degrees in one of four areas or enhance their skill set with one of seven certificates. Students can concentrate in other fields such as dental hygiene, music, mathematics, or radiography, to name a few. For those who would have a hard time making it to campus, SCF offers five online bachelor's degrees, nine associate programs, and nine certificates.

Overview of State College of Florida–Manatee-Sarasota

Not only does SCF offer a range of academic and professional development options, students also have many opportunities to grow and even have fun on campus. The college supports six men's and women's varsity sports and less-competitive students can participate in a wide range of clubs. While on campus, students can catch a filling and nutritious breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the campus dining hall. Clubs and other campus events provide students the opportunity to get to know their fellow students, perhaps forming friendships that will become a part of their professional network.

General Information

School Type Primarily associate's, Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Large
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 21:1
Graduation Rate 38%
Year Founded 1957

Student Enrollment

Total Students10,229


Undergraduate Student

Male 3,785
Female 6,444

Graduate Student

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Female NA

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Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

State College of Florida–Manatee-Sarasota is a community college that offers students an opportunity to study at low cost, while providing a high value of education. Their up-front, gross costs are reasonable when compared to their larger four-year cousins. SCF charges its in-state student a modest sum of around $4,500 for tuition, books, supplies, and fees. When estimated living expenses are tallied, the total bill comes to $28,000, and for students who live with family the total is $14,000.

However, SCF offers terrific financial aid packages that dramatically reduce these gross costs. Once those reductions from financial aid are tallied, the average net cost for a SCF student is a mere $11,000. The highest income students at SCF pay around $17,000 and students with lower income families, who receive more financial aid, will pay less than that. Sixty-six percent of students receive grant or scholarship assistance that averages $6,000.

Average net price 2017-2018
Net Price $11,739
Average Total Aid $5,489
Students Receiving Financial Aid 72%
Room & Board $18,960

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $3,074
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $11,606
  • Books and Supplies - $1,500
  • Room & Board - $18,960
  • Other - $4,543


State College of Florida–Manatee-Sarasota is primarily a two-year community college that is dedicated to providing low-cost, high-value educational opportunities to its community in Bradenton. The value of SCF's education is verified by its strong academic numbers. The school reports that, among students who start as full-time degree-seekers, 37% graduate within a normal time frame. A full 51% of all incoming students are full-time, first-time students. To further bolster the graduation rate, SCF reports an 11% transfer rate, which would imply that those students have been able to transfer to a four-year institution on the merit of their work at SCF.

It's important to keep these numbers in their proper context. After all, most community college students enter on a part-time basis and many enroll to try out college in a low-cost, low-risk environment. Thus, those who later decide to pursue a degree aren't counted in the graduation-rate statistics.

Given that SCF offers a somewhat high student-to-faculty ratio of 30 to 1, these numbers are quite good. Since nearly 50% of their students are taking at least some courses online, it's possible to see that SCF produces a high value for its community.

Student Population Total

Student Population 10,229

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 218 Total Graduates / 76%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 186 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 32 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 22 Total Graduates / 8%
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 22 Graduates
All Education Majors 21 Total Graduates / 7%
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 11 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 16 Total Graduates / 6%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services, Other 16 Graduates
All Business Majors 10 Total Graduates / 3%
International Business/Trade/Commerce 10 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 0

Outcome & Salary

Students are always interested to know what sort of career and earnings they can expect upon graduation. While there is never any guaranteed salary or position, their education is sure to pay off no matter what their individual outcomes may be. However, there are some statistics available for SCF-Manatee-Sarasota alumni. Among their highest earning graduates are the nursing students. These professionals report median earnings that exceed $60,000. At the lower end are the liberal arts graduates, who begin their careers earning more than $22,000. In the middle are allied health students, who report a median salary of almost $37,000.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $41,500
College Grads Average Salary $50,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $60,400
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $500,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,104,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $46,956
10 Year Projected ROI $453,044
20 Year Projected ROI $1,057,044
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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