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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, 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 nonprofit 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 for 2018-19

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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.

You can also use our Top Colleges Tool to rank the online colleges of the U.S. based on your own criteria.

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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.
$8,999
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%
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.
34
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 hundreds of online courses via Open SUNY, the State University of New York (SUNY) system's online education portal. 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 multiple 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.

 
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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.
$7,881
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.
58%
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.

 
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SUNY Empire State 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.
$6,985
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.
60%
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

The online educational options available through SUNY Empire State College are diverse, including both graduate- and undergraduate-level learning. Students can take single courses online or pursue an entire degree program through distance learning, in subjects such as finance, health care leadership, teaching and learning or nursing.

Students may also want to take advantage of ESC's opportunities for credit through prior learning assessments and evaluations. The college also offers resources and advice for this function, such as an Individualized Prior Learning Assessment Guide and a PLA planner for undergraduate students.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

One Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs,
NY 12866
 
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Bryant & Stratton College-Online

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.
$14,054
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.
100%
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.
29
School Type
4-year

Online programs at Bryant & Stratton College give students the opportunity to study fields as diverse as education, health care, legal services and technology. Online diploma programs and online associate degree programs are available in criminal studies and related fields, as well as business, digital marketing, accounting and more.

Through Bryant & Stratton-Online, students take only two online classes at a time, with coursework lasting for a 7.5-week period. Sessions are scheduled back-to-back, meaning that students complete a full course load over the school's traditional 15-week semester. If online students run into difficulty during their college experience, they can seek assistance through the school's career coaching, academic advising and tutoring services.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

180 Redtail Road, Orchard Park,
New York 14127
 
5

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.
$18,392
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.
40%
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. The college's multiple programs are complemented by a plethora of student services, including:

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

Mercy 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.

 
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New York 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.
$49,062
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%
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.
50
School Type
4-year

Students looking for online programs through New York University can find several very specialized programs at their disposal. These run from a Bachelor of Science in leadership and management studies, to a Master of Science in professional studies, to a Master of Science in translation. Options to transfer in credits or to earn credit hours through prior learning assessments may help students to make a strong start on one of the school's online bachelor's degree programs. Individual online courses are available as well; from buying foreclosed real estate to learning Mandarin, students can enroll in many intriguing extended classes and career advancement courses through NYU.

Accreditation:

  • Higher Learning Commission

Location:

70 Washington Square South, New York,
New York 10012
 
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University at Buffalo

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.
$9,574
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.
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.
14
School Type
4-year

The University at Buffalo presents a wide range of online learning opportunities for students. These include individual courses, undergraduate minors, advanced graduate-level certificates, master's and doctoral programs and even blended programs. Massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, are also offered, free of charge for UB students.

Most of the university's fall and spring online courses are scheduled to be 15 weeks in length and are delivered through the school's UBlearns learning platform. Students can access all their materials -- including assignments, important messages and syllabi -- using UBlearns. The school offers a 30-minute-long SmarterMeasure Quiz to help students determine if online learning could be right for them.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

12 Capen Hall, Buffalo,
New York 14260
 
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SUNY College at Plattsburgh

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.
$7,866
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.
32%
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.
2
School Type
4-year

Online offerings at SUNY College at Plattsburgh range from an online Bachelor of Science in accounting to an online Master of Science in fitness & wellness leadership. A graduate certificate program in teacher leadership and individual online courses help to round out the college's diverse, experiential options. Transfer students considering SUNY Plattsburgh may be interested in two degree completion programs designed specifically for transfer students: one accounting program, and one RN-to-BSN nursing program.

Online Plattsburgh students access their learning materials through the Moodle Learning Management System. A Moodle Practice Course is available to help students determine before enrollment whether online learning could be a good fit for them.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

101 Broad Street, Plattsburgh,
New York 12901
 
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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.
$30,950
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%
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.

 
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Utica 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.
$19,996
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.
58%
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.
13
School Type
4-year

At Utica College, online programs available to students include a bachelor's in criminal justice, a bachelor's in fraud and financial crime investigation and an MBA in business management, to name just a few. The online Utica College Resource Center helps online learners to discover pertinent articles, links, webinars and additional information that can enhance and encourage their educational journey. Even more assistance is available from Utica's online library and the Smarthinking tutoring program. The Smarthinking program is available for many of the college's different disciplines; some of these disciplines have tutors accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Accreditation:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Location:

1600 Burrstone Road, Utica,
New York 13502
 

Affordable Online Colleges in New York for 2018-19

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.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • 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$4,36823%12-year
    Genesee Community College$4,46028%82-year
    Adirondack Community College$4,69322%32-year
    SUNY Westchester Community College$4,72319%22-year
    Fulton-Montgomery Community College$4,77011%22-year
  • 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$1,1672%14-year
    Fashion Institute of Technology$5,33524%24-year
    SUNY Empire State College$6,98560%424-year
    SUNY Polytechnic Institute$7,77738%54-year
    SUNY College at Plattsburgh$7,86632%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 Resources 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 helps make both scholarships and grants available to aspiring college students. According to the HESC website, the majority of that aid is awarded through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), in the form of grant aid.

New York Gift Aid: Grants & Scholarships

For some students, finances play a big role in the final decision of what school to attend, and scholarships can open more opportunities for 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.

1.Albert Shanker College Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be from New York City who comes from a low-income family.
Award Amount
$5,000
Application Deadline
January 31
Renewable
Renewable up to four years if recipient remains in good standing.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
2.Random House Inc. Creative Writing Competition
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be seniors in a New York City Public High School who are 21 years old or younger and must not have family members employed by Bertelsmann or its subsidiaries. Students must submit a literary composition. Possible formats include poetry/spoken word, fiction/drama or personal essay/memoir. College essays, book reports, myths and legends will not be accepted. Foreign language submissions are not allowed, and all work must not have been previously published or awarded.
Award Amount
$10,000
Application Deadline
February 15
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
3.New York Oratorical Contest
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicants must be high school students under the age of 20 who are U.S. citizens or legal residents and residents of the state. Students first give an oration within their state and winners compete at the national level. The oration must be related to the Constitution of the United States focusing on the duties and obligations citizens have to the government. It must be in English and be between eight and ten minutes. There is also an assigned topic which is posted on the website, and it should be between three and five minutes.
Award Amount
$6,000
Application Deadline
November 18
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL
4.Locksley Anthony Henry Scholarship
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen who is a graduating senior at an NYC public high school. Minimum 2.5 GPA, two letters of recommendation, copy of transcript, and personal essay required.
Award Amount
$1,500
Application Deadline
July 1
Renewable
No
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Be sure to read the Ultimate Guide to Grants for advice and strategies on finding grants, and our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships for similar help with scholarships.

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

 
 
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