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NYS Comptroller



Higher Education

Average Debt of College Graduates Average Published Tuition and Fees - New York State Full Time Equivalent Enrollment
  • In calendar year 2016,* New York State public and private higher education institutions had the following students in degree-credit enrollments:
    • 866,993 full-time; and
    • 371,971 part-time.
  • The State has a higher proportion of private colleges than most states, with 220 independent and proprietary colleges accounting for over 44 percent of statewide full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment.
  • In the 2016-17 academic year, average costs of tuition and fees for full-time, in-state students for the State University of New York (SUNY) and the City University of New York (CUNY) were the following:
    • SUNY, $8,110 ($5,040 for two-year colleges); and
    • CUNY, $6,530 ($5,000 for two-year colleges).
  • In the 2015-16 academic year, nearly 355,000 students received State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards, totaling $956 million.
  • In SFY 2016-17, the State spent $292 per resident on higher education, ranking 16th in the nation for higher education spending per capita.
  • According to the Federal Reserve, in 2016, student loan borrowers in the State had an average balance of $31,600, an increase of 20.6 percent from $26,200 in 2011. By comparison, national student loan borrowers had an average balance of $29,900 in 2016, up 25.1 percent from $23,900 in 2011.

*Most recent available year.

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