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College Costs

For the 2011-2012 school year, state financial support for higher education decreased 7.1%. During that same year, in order to compensate for the state budget cut, tuition costs in New York increased 7.3% at a public, four-year college or university. With less state funding during the recent economic downturn, it was necessary for certain schools to raise the cost of attendance in order to ensure they remained open for business.

College Enrollment

Despite the change in tuition prices seen in the state for the last decade, enrollment in a public, four-year institution had an overall increase of 11.2% between 2005 and 2010. However, according to CollegeBoard's Trends, there was a miniscule decrease of 0.1% in enrollment at four-year public schools. Two-year public schools, on the other hand, experienced a 3.7% increase in students. This could be attributed to the fact that more and more students are seeking community colleges and trade schools as the step between high school and a full-time university.

Higher Education Initiatives

  1. Official State Links

  2. College Savings

    • New York State Direct Savings Plan: This 529 plan is managed by UPromise Investments, Inc, and the program is available to any investor. Earnings are tax free, and investors can take a tax deduction on their New York State tax return.
    • New York State Advisor Guided College Savings Plan: The 529 plan investment manager is JPMorgan Distribution Services, Inc, and the program is managed by UPromise Investments, Inc. Anyone can invest, and tax deductions may be taken by investors on their New York state tax return.
  3. Education Nonprofits

    • New York Higher Education Services Corp.: NYHESC offers information on choosing a college and how to go about gaining funding through loans, grants and scholarships
    • Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP): Their mission is to help disadvantaged students achieve success in college; eligible students receive full tuition, counseling to support their transition to college, tutoring and post-graduation career support.
  4. Higher Education News

    • New York Times City Room Blog: Part of the New York Times, the City Room blog has a higher education category that discusses the news and goings on of the New York City colleges and universities.
    • New York State Senate's Higher Education Committee: Here you can find committee meetings, held on a near-weekly basis, archived in video format. State senators and representative hold panels discussing ongoing and pending initiatives to improve higher education statewide.

Higher Education in New York

New York Schools vs US State Average

Graduation Rate and Average Test score at Public 4-year Institutions

    • 64% New York
      Graduation Rate
    • 1460 SAT New York
      Average Test Score
    • 56% National
      Graduation Rate
    • 21.1 ACT National
      Average Test Score

Average Tuitions and Fees in New York

  • NY US
    Public 2-Year
  • NY US
    Public 4-Year
  • NY US
    Private 4-year

New York Institutions

  • NY US
    Degree-Granting Institutions
  • NY US
  • NY US
    Private Not-For-Profit Institutions
  • NY US
    Private For-Profit Institutions