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Online Colleges in New York

Most Affordable Online Colleges
Article Sources

Methodology

To be included in these rankings, all colleges had to meet the following criteria for the specific subject being ranked:

  1. Offer at least one degree or certificate in that subject online
  2. Have awarded at least one degree or certificate in that subject in 2014-15

Once we had our list of schools for each subject, we ranked them on six criteria, using the weights specified:

  1. In-state tuition, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 20%
  2. Graduation rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  3. Accessibility, based on the admissions rate, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 10%
  4. Program prominence, based on how many of the degrees and certificates awarded by the school in 2014-15 were in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 30%
  5.  Related subjects, based on the number of similar programs that the school offers at any level, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%
  6. Variety of degree levels, based on the number of degree and certificate levels out of a possible nine that the school offers in this particular subject, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014: 15%

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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America is known as the Land of Opportunity, and the state of New York has served as a gateway for millions to launch their American Dream. New York has a rich network of online colleges and universities that are helping continue that tradition.

Students have no shortage of options for online study in New Yorok. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 334 public, private non-/for profit two- and four-year universities in the state of New York. These include:

  • 114 public institutes
  • 213 private non-profit institutes
  • 141 private for-profit institutes
  • 113 two-year universities
  • 247 four-year universities

The State University of New York (SUNY) System is one of the largest in the country, serving nearly 1.3 million students for the 2015-2016 school year. Of those students, more than 170,000 were enrolled in at least one online class through Open SUNY, the collaborative distance learning portal for the SUNY's 64 member institutions, including 30 community colleges. Over 450 online degrees are offered through Open SUNY, covering a truly astounding variety of subjects.

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities represents more than 100 member campuses across New York State, including many of the most notable institutions in the state. Enrollment was more than 491,000 students in 2015. The state's Association of Proprietary Colleges represents 14 member colleges, which enroll more than 35,000 students each year in the pursuit of associate, bachelor's and master's degrees.

Best Online Colleges in New York

With New York's dizzying array of education options, it can be difficult to decide what the best options are. To help you make your decision, we have compiled a list of the best online colleges in New York using data gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics, analyzed through our proprietary methodology. To learn more about our methodology, see the bottom of this article; to learn about the best colleges in New York, simply read on.

1

Stony Brook University - Stony Brook

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,855
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
12.78%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
36
School Type
4-year

Stony Brook University is an internationally recognized public research university within the SUNY System. The university was founded in 1957 to prepare college-level educators in the fields of math and science, a tradition that continues to this day. Admission to the university is highly competitive -- in fall of 2016, the university received 35,000 applications and accepted 14,233 of them.

Students attending Stony Brook University can choose from more than 470 online programs and courses via Open SUNY, the State University of New York online education portal for the system's 64 member institutions. Stony Brook itself offers two online bachelor degree programs -- a fully online B.S. in electrical engineering, and a hybrid B.S. in nursing -- and 12 online master's programs -- including study in nursing, education, nutrition and physician assisting. Students can transfer approved credits into other online programs within the SUNY system; contact a transfer adviser at Stony Brook University for additional information and transfer requirements.

 
2

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,855
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
57.20%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
10
School Type
4-year

SUNY Canton is a two- and four-year university in northern New York that offers seven different online associate's and 10 online bachelor's degree programs. In addition to more typical online offerings, such as study in business administration or criminal justice, SUNY Canton Online offers bachelor's degrees in the following specialty fields:

  • Agribusiness management
  • Emergency management
  • Homeland security
  • Veterinary service administration

During their classes, online students interact with peers and professors using video conferencing, discussion boards, chat and social media. SUNY Canton is dedicated to ensuring all of its students have access to equal opportunities: in addition to its affordable net price, off-campus students benefit from the same services as those attending Canton in person, including tutoring, academic programs advising and many different types of career services.

 
3

SUNY College at Oswego

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,934
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18.11%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5
School Type
4-year

Spirit runs high at SUNY Oswego -- the popular university has been around since 1861, providing quality education for over a century and a half. Nowadays, SUNY Oswego is working hard to support online classes: the college's online students follow the same syllabus and course schedules as on-campus students. They are also offered a wealth of student support services, including help desk and online tutoring services and a personal concierge for all program-related questions, making sure students get more than their money's worth from SUNY Oswego's affordable net price.

SUNY Oswego offers online master's degree programs in business administration and health services administration, as well as bachelor's degrees in broadcasting and mass communication, public justice and vocational teacher preparation. As a member of Open SUNY, even out-of-state students can pursue five additional bachelor's degrees and seven other master's degrees through SUNY Oswego, or more than 470 online degrees through Open SUNY.

 
4

Niagara University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$29,900
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22.04%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
4-year

Founded in 1856, Niagara University is a small private Catholic university located near Lake Ontario. The priests and brothers who staff the university are known as Vincentians in honor of St. Vincent de Paul, while members of the student body who play competitive sports are known as the Purple Eagles.

Niagara University's Online Instruction Center offers hundreds of online courses taught by university professors. Many can be completed in just six weeks. The university also offers a wide range of web-based certificate programs through the ed2go content management platform. Programs typically run between three and six months. Online students at Niagara University also have access to a 24-hour virtual career center where they can access the latest market data on a wide range of industries, find posted job openings and more.

 
5

Canisius College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$34,690
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22.23%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
20
School Type
4-year

Canisius College is a small private Jesuit college located in Buffalo's historic Hamlin Park district. Canisius College offers 11 online master's degree programs, some fairly usual -- i.e. education, physical education, and nutrition -- and several more unusual, including:

  • Anthrozoology
  • Community and school health
  • Sport administration

While most of these degrees can be finished completely online, some programs, such as the master's in literacy education, are hybrid programs that require some degree of on-campus participation.

Online students at Canisius College enjoy many of the same benefits as campus students, including scholastic, personal and career support services. Additional student services include technology support, an academic preparedness assessment, video tools and tutorials, and one-on-one consultations. The college's Griff Center for Academic Engagement offers tutoring services, study monitoring, supplemental instruction and career placement services.

 
6

SUNY at Binghamton

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$9,053
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5.61%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
4-year

Binghamton University, as it's informally called, is modeled after Oxford University, and it has done an excellent job living up to its inspiration. The internationally recognized research university has a strong focus on providing education in many fields of science, as well as nursing and education; over the years, it has received seven national awards for pioneering innovation in international education.

Binghamton students -- also known as Bearcats -- can access the 470+ online programs offered through Open SUNY, an online collaborative of the 64 member institutions in the State University of New York System. Although students may take classes from other member institutions, they'll still earn their degrees from Binghamton University. There are 262 online associate degree programs offered through Open SUNY, and 58 bachelor's programs.

 
7

Mercy College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$18,076
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
34.41%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42
School Type
4-year

Mercy College has campus locations at Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan, the Bronx and Yorktown Heights, and it offers distance learning through Mercy Online. Online students can choose from 40 different programs through Mercy College. There are eight different degree paths within the field of behavioral science, and seven within the field of business administration, to name just a few. Online students at Mercy College also have no shortage of student services at their fingertips, including:

  • Academic tutoring
  • Technology help and support
  • Research assistance
  • Writing support
  • Test Preparation
  • Library research workshops
  • Graduate student services

Mercy College accepts more than 1,500 transfer students each year. The college has a dedicated transfer team that works with online students to help them maximize the number of credits they can transfer to Mercy College. They also help transfer students map out semester-by-semester plans to most efficiently complete their degrees.

 
8

Rochester Institute of Technology

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$37,124
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
15.21%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
18
School Type
4-year

RIT has deep roots in New York's history -- the campus was originally founded in 1829. Today the campus encompasses nine colleges, with international locations in China, Dubai, Croatia and Kosovo. Fall 2016 enrollment was 18,632 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

RIT's online campus -- christened simply "RIT Online" -- helps students stay in touch with their peers and professors through news feeds from faculty members, a variety of student resources, orientation materials, and an online café where students can meet and connect virtually. Students also have access to personal concierge services to help with scholastic planning and support.

Over 30 undergraduate and graduate programs are available through RIT Online, taught through courses that adhere to the same rigorous standards as the on-campus courses. Students with work experience may be especially interested in this establishment, as they can potentially receive credit for their experience through RIT's school of individualized study.

 
9

Marist College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$33,800
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23.35%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
4-year

Though online students attending Marist College from a distance may be missing out on a truly splendid view of the Hudson River, they certainly aren't missing out on their education. Marist College offers distance learning programs through iLearn, a collaborative learning environment platform designed to foster stronger interaction with course content, instructors and fellow students.

Using iLearn, students can take accelerated online undergraduate courses to speed up completion of their core and elective requirements. Marist College offers its online students the choice of a bachelor's program in professional studies, or one of six different online master's programs:

  • Integrated marketing communication
  • Business administration
  • Information systems
  • Education psychology
  • Public administration
  • Communications
 
10

Syracuse University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$43,318
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
8.20%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
16
School Type
4-year

Students who love the color orange will fit right in at Syracuse University: the college was the first university in the U.S. to adopt one official color, way back in 1890. The Syracuse Orange sports teams, particularly in men's basketball, are routinely ranked among the nation's elite.

This private research university offers more than 150 undergraduate degrees; however, its fully online undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in creative leadership, and another in knowledge management. Distance learners at SU are paired with experienced advisers who also are certified life coaches to help them overcome any roadblocks on their path to graduation day. These advisers guide students through the registration process, helping them select the correct courses and access any available financial aid programs. Additional campus support services for the student body include career and health services; tutoring and writing help; and mathematics clinics.

 

Affordable Online Colleges in New York

The following list names schools in New York that offer distance education programs at low costs. The schools were chosen by comparing the in-state, campus-based tuition they reported to Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

While this list is based on tuition costs, the Top Colleges tool ranks colleges in New York based on a number of factors that are important to prospective students, such as the number of distance education programs and the student services offered to online students. Feel free to visit that page if you would like to see New York schools ranked by quality.

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in New York

Many students who are interested in pursuing a degree start out earning an associate degree. The following is a list of affordable two-year schools in New York.

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
Schenectady County Community College$4,05416.59%12-year
Niagara County Community College$4,37020.47%72-year
Genesee Community College$4,41026.68%132-year
Fulton-Montgomery Community College$4,44011.02%22-year
Monroe Community College$4,55423.90%42-year

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in New York

Below are profiles of five of the most affordable universities in New York.

College NameTuition & Fees/Year
Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Distance Education Participation
Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Number of Online Programs Offered
Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
School Type
United States Merchant Marine Academy$1,107N/A14-year
CUNY Graduate School and University Center$6,760N/A84-year
SUNY Empire State College$6,98558.60%384-year
Upstate Medical University$7,279N/A24-year
SUNY Buffalo State$7,66922.29%24-year

College Accreditation in New York

When scouting colleges, it's vital to choose one that's been approved by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Accreditation means students' degrees adhere to commonly recognized educational standards and therefore are valid.

In New York, there is one main accrediting body responsible for accrediting the major degree-granting institutions throughout the state, including the State University of New York and City College of New York systems. That accrediting body is listed below:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Smaller schools and religious schools in New York may be accredited by a different accrediting body. Students can check on the Department of Education website to see how their institution is accredited.

School Interviews

To find out what New York educators are doing to meet the needs of their online students, we interviewed several online educators from different online colleges and universities in New York.

Greg Ketcham
Being successful in online learning means you need to master time and space – or more realistically, be able to proactively manage your time and ... create a learning zone.

Greg Ketcham

Interim Director of Academic Programs and Distance Learning

SUNY Oswego

 
 

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at SUNY Oswego?

SUNY Oswego offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees online. At the undergraduate level, public justice, vocational teacher preparation,and broadcasting are offered. All three programs prepare students for entry into these fields, as well as offer a rounded liberal arts foundation.

Our graduate online programs include an MBA; an MBA program with a focus on Health Care Administration; and advanced certificate programs in health and wellness, trauma studies, and health information technology.

Future online programs that will be enrolling students soon include graduate programs in biomedical health informatics, and behavioral forensics, and an undergraduate degree in wellness management.

SUNY Oswego online programs leverage current research on best practices in teaching and learning online. Courses are designed to actively engage students as a learning community – much like in the classroom. The technology used to deliver online learning, as well as human support systems like our OpenSUNY Help Desk, are designed to be open for business at any time you're ready to focus on learning.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

There are many self-assessment tools on the web to help students gauge the fit of their personal preferences in how to learn in the context of online learning. A well-designed online program recognizes that the experience can sometimes seem lonely and isolated and will provide ways for students to connect with each other and their instructor.

Accreditation for a program or a college ensures that certain standards for the degree are in place. For each program you’re interested in, do your research to determine if the program is accredited or not.

Being successful in online learning means you need to master time and space – or more realistically, be able to proactively manage your time and create a “safe space” in your home or some other location where you can filter out your daily distractions and create a learning zone.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

We’re moving from mobile computing via our smart phones to wearable computing from Fitbit watches to Google Glass. In turn, the notion of “anywhere learning” means that we as educators have to tear up the script and rethink things like lessons. A lesson – or unit of learning – may now be scaled so as to be readily engaged with by the learner while on the go.

Also, the idea of prior knowledge and skills being recognized as part of your formal learning will become increasingly important. The idea is that competencies – demonstration of previous learning acquired from past work experience or from military service – will work much like transfer credit from other colleges. An easier means of formally recognizing your previous life experience in the form of competencies or badges will mean faster progress on earning a degree.

 

Dr. Mark Hessler
Students interested in online degree programs will become part of an active community of learning where engagement with content and each other will be key.

Dr. Mark Hessler

Coordinator of Innovative Instruction

St. Joseph’s College New York

 
 

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at St. Joseph’s College New York?

St. Joseph’s College has undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the distance education format as well as certificates and advanced certificates.

On the undergraduate level, the college offers a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services as well as certificates in human resources and leadership and supervision. An Executive Master’s in Business Administration (EMBA) and a Master’s in Human Services are also offered, along with advanced certificates in human resources and human services. Two dual degrees are also currently available online – one in Human Services and the other the BS in Organizational Management/EMBA.

The college is actively growing its online offerings on both the undergraduate and graduate levels and expects to offer additional online degree programs in the very near future.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Students interested in online degree programs will become part of an active community of learning where engagement with content and each other will be key. Online students (and students generally) often have multiple responsibilities and obligations so time management will be very important. Students should also feel free to reach out to the many college resources that are available to them for assistance along the way.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

These are very interesting times. We are in the world of MOOC’s, competency-based education, and a recent call for free online education.

In the coming years, education may be increasingly free of a physical space and, consequently, interactions will be technologically-mediated. Online learning also promises to bring together diverse populations and interests in ways that will facilitate cross-cultural learning experiences, stimulate innovative pedagogy and create opportunities that are yet unknown.

 

Financial Aid in New York

You might think that going to college in New York would be very expensive, but thanks to the state's generous financial aid programs, many New York residents are able to afford higher education. The Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is New York State's student financial aid agency, which provides both scholarships and grants to aspiring college students.

HESC provided funding for more than 385,000 students in the 2014-2015 academic year, totaling about $1.02 billion in grants, scholarships and loan forgiveness benefits. The majority of that aid, $975 million, was awarded through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), according to the HESC website.

Here is a sampling of New York scholarships and grants.

New York Scholarships

For some students, finances play a big role in the final decision of what school to attend, and scholarships can provide more options to these students. It's important to do your research to find scholarships for which you might be eligible. There are many scholarships that come from private organizations as well as colleges and universities themselves, not to mention your state. Here are a few you might qualify for simply by living and attending school in New York.

This scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduates from registered New York state high schools, based on student grades in certain Regents exams. An award of $1,500 is given to the top graduating scholar for each registered high school in New York State. Remaining $1,500 scholarships and an additional 6,000 scholarships of $500 per year are awarded to other outstanding high school graduates.

 

  • Application deadline: Not specified
  • Award amount:  $1500 or $500
  • Number of scholarships awarded:  8,000
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA:  3.3
  • Merit vs. need-based: Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status:  Must have graduated from a New York State high school.
  • Residency required: Yes
NY-AIMS offers top-notch graduates a $500 merit-based scholarship if they choose to attend any college or university located in New York State.

 

  • Application deadline:  May
  • Award amount:  $500
  • Number of scholarships awarded:  5,000
  • Renewable: Yes
  • Minimum GPA:  3.3
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Merit, but financial need is also considered
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status: Must have achieved at least two of the following criteria: have graduated with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or above; have graduated "with honors" on a New York State Regents diploma or received a score of 3 or higher on two or more Advanced Placement (or AP) examinations; or have graduated within the top 15% of his or her high school class.
  • Residency required:  Yes
The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY or CUNY tuition scholarship for the top 10 percent of students in each New York State high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associate or bachelor’s program and agree to work in a STEM field in New York State for five years after graduation.

 

  • Application deadline:  January
  • Award amount:  The annual tuition of resident students attending the State University of New York (SUNY)
  • Number of scholarships awarded: Not specified
  • Renewable:  Yes
  • Minimum GPA:  Must be ranked in the top 10 percent of the high school graduating class of a NYS high school
  • Merit vs. need-based:  Merit
  • Ethnicity: All
  • Academic status: High school senior or recent high school graduate who will be enrolled full time in an undergraduate program leading to a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics at a SUNY or CUNY college
  • Residency required:  Yes

For more tips on how to find, apply to and win scholarships, be sure to check out the Ultimate Guide to Scholarships.

New York Grants

Many New York college students benefit from state grant programs. Leading the way is New York's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), which annually helps over 350,000 New Yorkers across the state attend New York colleges of their choice and can reduce the costs of college attendance by 10 to 25 percent, according to NYSenate.gov.

All New York State residents going to an approved school in New York State may be eligible for TAP, however, the combined family New York state taxable income cannot exceed $80,000. Students can link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page.

 

  • Application deadline:  June 30
  • Award amount:  TAP awards are determined by each school based on the information provided to them. The maximum award for 2016 is $5,165.
Recipients must be legal residents of New York State and have resided in the state for at least 12 continuous months prior to the start of the term. APTS provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies. Part-time enrollment is defined as at least 3 but fewer than 12 semester hours per semester. You can obtain an APTS application from the college you'll be attending and return it to the college as early as possible for processing.

 

  • Application deadline:  Varies
  • Award amount:  Up to $2,000 per year
The Higher Educational Opportunity Program provides assistance to New York State residents who are educationally and economically disadvantaged and are attending an independent college or university in the state. To apply, students must request an application from one of the 58 HEOP programs throughout the state. In addition to financial assistance, HEOP students in the program receive supportive services including counseling and tutoring.

 

  • Application deadline:  Varies
  • Award amount:  Usually the same as the institution's admissions deadline

Be sure to read the Ultimate Guide to Grants for advice and strategies on finding grants.

New York Loans

New York's financial aid focuses on scholarship and grant programs rather than state-specific student loans. Scholarships and grants are preferable since they do not need to be repaid. However, to help bridge the gap between your scholarship earnings and tuition costs, you can also take out federal or private student loans. To qualify for federal student loans, you'll need to fill out a FAFSA.

Learn more about federal student loans in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in New York

 

Featured Cities in New York

Although it is rich in rural and historic sites, New York also boasts a number of vibrant metro areas throughout the state, from New York City on the southern tip of the state to Buffalo and Rochester in the snowy north. Here are some brief descriptions of these top metro areas, as well as data points that show what these areas have to offer to online students. These data points are sourced from the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area

Total Population

19,979,950

Median salary for high school grads

$30,992

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$59,576

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

29%

Median rent

$1,262

Fun Facts

New York City is known for its diversity in culture and in ethnicity, but few people know that as many as 800 different languages are spoken within its confines, making it the most linguistically-diverse geographic region in the world.

Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY Metro Area

Total Population

1,135,734

Median salary for high school grads

$29,876

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$48,161

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

31.2%

Median rent

$726

Fun Facts

Because of its low cost-of-living and wide range of industries, the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area was named as the 10th best place for working mothers in Forbes Woman Magazine.

Rochester, NY Metro Area

Total Population

1,083,156

Median salary for high school grads

$28,242

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$48,731

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

31.8%

Median rent

$805

Fun Facts

The Rochester Metropolitan area is the second-wealthiest metropolitan area in the state of New York and includes a number of prominent colleges and universities including Bryant and Stratton College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. The University of Rochester is the area's biggest employer with 22,500 employees as of 2014.

 
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