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Top 20 Affordable Colleges in New York State

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: April 23rd, 2024

With college costs skyrocketing, it’s always a good idea to have some cheap/affordable options. That’s why we created our Scholarships360 Affordability Index. Looking at Net Price, Average Student Debt, and a few other statistics, we ranked the schools in New York State by affordability. These are the 20 most affordable colleges and universities in the state according to our index:

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CUNY Queens College

Queens, NY • Public, City

Queens, NY

Public, City

61% acceptance rate
14,859 undergraduate students
55% graduation rate
$2,933 average per year after aid
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CUNY Hunter College

New York, NY • Public, City

New York, NY

Public, City

46% acceptance rate
17,293 undergraduate students
58% graduation rate
$2,124 average per year after aid
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CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York, NY • Public, City

New York, NY

Public, City

45% acceptance rate
12,834 undergraduate students
54% graduation rate
$2,254 average per year after aid
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CUNY Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, NY • Public, City

Brooklyn, NY

Public, City

51% acceptance rate
12,567 undergraduate students
56% graduation rate
$2,393 average per year after aid
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CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, NY • Public, City

New York, NY

Public, City

51% acceptance rate
15,483 undergraduate students
74% graduation rate
$1,936 average per year after aid
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CUNY City College

New York, NY • Public, City

New York, NY

Public, City

64% acceptance rate
11,861 undergraduate students
57% graduation rate
$2,061 average per year after aid
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United States Merchant Marine Academy

Kings Point, NY • Public, Suburb

Kings Point, NY

Public, Suburb

25% acceptance rate
1,006 undergraduate students
81% graduation rate
$6,627 average per year after aid
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CUNY Medgar Evers College

Brooklyn, NY • Public, City

Brooklyn, NY

Public, City

86% acceptance rate
3,824 undergraduate students
22% graduation rate
$5,993 average per year after aid
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Boricua College

New York, NY • Private, Non-Profit, City

New York, NY

Private, Non-Profit, City

--% acceptance rate
377 undergraduate students
94% graduation rate
$13,499 average per year after aid
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College of Staten Island CUNY

Staten Island, NY • Public, City

Staten Island, NY

Public, City

--% acceptance rate
10,392 undergraduate students
34% graduation rate
$5,581 average per year after aid
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Fashion Institute of Technology

New York, NY • Public, City

New York, NY

Public, City

52% acceptance rate
7,660 undergraduate students
82% graduation rate
$8,985 average per year after aid
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SUNY College at Old Westbury

Old Westbury, NY • Public, Suburb

Old Westbury, NY

Public, Suburb

77% acceptance rate
3,936 undergraduate students
48% graduation rate
$6,352 average per year after aid
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Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale, NY • Public, Suburb

Farmingdale, NY

Public, Suburb

73% acceptance rate
8,918 undergraduate students
53% graduation rate
$6,934 average per year after aid
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The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

New York, NY • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

New York, NY

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

15% acceptance rate
869 undergraduate students
83% graduation rate
$10,698 average per year after aid
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SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Utica, NY • Public, Suburb

Utica, NY

Public, Suburb

77% acceptance rate
1,924 undergraduate students
65% graduation rate
$10,309 average per year after aid
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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NY • Public, City

Syracuse, NY

Public, City

65% acceptance rate
1,576 undergraduate students
76% graduation rate
$21,248 average per year after aid
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SUNY Buffalo State University

Buffalo, NY • Public, City

Buffalo, NY

Public, City

85% acceptance rate
6,024 undergraduate students
41% graduation rate
$9,945 average per year after aid
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SUNY College of Technology at Canton

Canton, NY • Public, Town

Canton, NY

Public, Town

95% acceptance rate
2,778 undergraduate students
38% graduation rate
$11,998 average per year after aid
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Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY • Public, Suburb

Stony Brook, NY

Public, Suburb

48% acceptance rate
17,900 undergraduate students
78% graduation rate
$16,357 average per year after aid
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Columbia University in the City of New York

New York, NY • Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

New York, NY

Private, Non-Profit, City, Need-Blind

4% acceptance rate
8,832 undergraduate students
97% graduation rate
$12,836 average per year after aid
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We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

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