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Start spreadin’ the news! While New York may be known as a cultural, financial and media capital of the world, it’s also a mecca of higher education.

The state has one of the largest higher education systems in the nation, which includes two Ivy League schools and dozens of other well-known, high ranking colleges and universities. Students in New York will benefit from an abundance of online learning opportunities, affordable tuition rates and generous financial aid.

Overview of Higher Education in New York

New York boasts a whopping 295 degree-granting institutions, according to a 2018-2019 report by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Of those, 79 are public schools, 183 are non-profit private schools, and 33 are for-profit private schools.

The state’s public schools are divided into two groups. The State University of New York (SUNY) system is the largest comprehensive university system in the US, with 64 campuses serving nearly 1.4 million students. The City University of New York (CUNY) system is the nation’s largest urban university system, serving over 500,000 students at 25 campuses within New York City’s five boroughs. Both systems are funded by the state, but the CUNY system receives additional funding from New York City.

Higher education in New York is surprisingly affordable. According to NCES, residents of the state will pay an average of $8,184 per year to attend one of their 4-year institutions, while non-residents will pay about $22,083. Both are well below the national average.

About Online Colleges in New York

In 2018 the NCES reported that 6.9% of students in New York were enrolled in fully online degree programs, and another 10.4% were enrolled in one or more online courses. Those numbers continue to rise as the state’s colleges and universities increase their online offerings.

Today, the SUNY system alone offers more than 500 online degree programs! Through Open SUNY, online students have access to a personal concierge to provide one-on-one guidance through graduation, as well as a help desk and online tutoring.

The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) was ranked among the of US News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs. Smaller private institutions such as Marist College and Pace University also made the list because of their outstanding online bachelor’s programs.

If you have your eye on an Ivy League school, Columbia University and Cornell University both offer online learning opportunities, certification programs and more in a variety of fields.

Scholarships and Financial Aid in New York

New Yorkers have a staggering amount of financial aid available to them. The first step to accessing this aid is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The FAFSA should be filled out as early as possible, since many funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis. The application becomes available each year on October 1st.

In completing the FAFSA, you will need to provide financial information for yourself and your parents (unless you’re considered independent). This data will be used to determine what financial aid you are offered.

In addition to federal aid, the FAFSA can open the door to state-funded financial aid.

College grants for New York students

New York residents have access to one of the most impressive and generous lists of financial aid programs in the country! Here’s what’s available:

Look through the list to see what you may be eligible for, and click the links to learn about the specific requirements and how to apply.

Many of New York’s colleges and universities offer additional financial aid, both need-based and merit-based. To find out more about these opportunities, check with the financial aid office at the school of your choice.

New York students are also eligible for private scholarships. Here are a few examples:

Scholarship Name Details Scholarship amount
Ascend Educational Fund Must be born outside the US or have two parents born outside US; Must be a graduating senior at a high school in the five boroughs of New York City $2,500 to $20,000
Eye Bank Young Ambassador Scholarship in Memory of Christopher Nordquist Must be a resident of New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam or Orange County; Must be under 25 $3000
New York Water Environment Association Environmental Career Scholarship For high school seniors enrolled full-time in a program with an environmental emphasis $12,000 over 4 years
New York Farm Bureau Agricultural Youth Scholarship For high school seniors who live or work on a farm and are pursuing a career in the agricultural industry; Must be a Farm Bureau member First Place: $1500
Second Place: $1200Third Place: $1000

 That’s just a small sampling! You can find more by using scholarship search sites like Just enter some basic information and you will be matched up with dozens of scholarship opportunities!

List of Online Colleges in New York

Online Colleges in New York Location Annual Tuition Accreditation Application Fee
Fordham University Bronx, New York  $49,073  Regional  $70
Bryant & Stratton College Buffalo, New York  $16,545  Regional  $0
Canisius College Buffalo, New York  $35,424  Regional  $40
Medaille College Buffalo, New York  $27,276  Regional  $35
Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, New York  $18,392  Regional  $40
Hofstra University Hempstead, New York  $42,160  Regional  $70
Cornell University Ithaca, New York  $50,953  Regional  $80
State University of New York (SUNY) New Paltz, New York  $7,754  Regional  $50
Columbia University New York, New York  $55,056  Regional  $85
New York University New York, New York  $49,062  Regional  $70
Pace University-New York New York, New York  $42,772  Regional  $50
The New School New York, New York  $45,440  Regional  $50
Marist College Poughkeepsie, New York  $35,210  Regional  $50
Manhattan College Riverdale, New York  $40,004  Regional  $75
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York  $38,568  Regional  $60
St. Bonaventure University Saint Bonaventure, New York  $32,331  Regional  $0
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York  $8,999  Regional  $50
Syracuse University Syracuse, New York  $45,022  Regional  $75
Utica College Utica, New York  $19,996  Regional  $40
Concordia College Bronxville, New York  $30,530  Regional  $50
St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn, New York  $25,114  Regional  $25
Davis College Johnson City, New York  $16,400  Regional  $30


New York is home to hundreds of top-notch schools with online and on-campus opportunities, remarkably affordable tuition and outstanding financial aid.

You can’t go wrong pursuing a degree in the great state of New York!

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Elizabeth Abner
WRITTEN BY Elizabeth Abner

Elizabeth is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Foreign Policy and earned her master's degree in business administration. For her undergraduate studies, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in international business. Elizabeth's research is focused on universities offering online degree programs.