Online Colleges in New York (NY) Ranked by Cost

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The average tuition charged by colleges and universities across New York that offer online programs is $15,004 yearly. In recent years, the average tuition has increased by 14.5%. The annual average tuition at these online New York schools in 2007 was $13,109.

The range of tuition at online schools in New York offering programs is shown in the following chart. Tuition is shown from the most to least expensive colleges and universities.

Tuition Level Number of Schools
Cheapest 12
Low cost 22
Average cost 10
Most expensive 11

Tuition of more than $30,282 annually is charged by the most expensive colleges and universities with online programs. The cheapest colleges and universities, however, have per annum tuition costs ranging from $3,000 to $3,720. Buffalo, Canandaigua, Herkimer, Johnstown, and Rochester are home to the most inexpensive accredited online schools.

  • Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration
  • Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement
  • Associate of Art in Liberal Arts and Science – Social Science
  • Associate of Science in Liberal Arts and Science – General Studies
  • Associate of Art in Liberal Arts and Science – Humanities
  • Associate of Science in Physical Education Studies
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Arts and Science in Paralegal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

In 2011, of all graduates from online colleges and universities in New York, an estimated 12% earned credentials from these cheap programs. Therefore, of the 536,491 graduates from around New York, 63,716 are from the least costly schools. From 2006 to 2011, the percentage of graduates from the most inexpensive online schools has increased. Also, the number of graduates has increased by 8,277 graduates per year.

Tuition ranging from $3,776 to $15,120 annually is charged by other somewhat more expensive colleges and universities. Of the 55 online colleges and universities that offer programs in New York, 22 charge students tuition in this range.

Approximately 151,837 students earned their degrees from these low tuition online programs in 2011. This is 28% of the state’s graduates. In 2006, which was a short 5 years earlier, the number of graduates from these colleges and universities was only 136,371 students. Therefore, from these reasonably priced online colleges and universities, the number of students graduating has increased by 11%.

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1. Monroe Community College Rochester, New York $3,000 $6,000
2. Fulton-Montgomery Community College Johnstown, New York $3,194 $6,388
3. Erie Community College Buffalo, New York $3,300 $6,600
4. Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua, New York $3,328 $6,656
5. Herkimer County Community College Herkimer, New York $3,340 $5,600
6. Hudson Valley Community College Troy, New York $3,400 $10,200
7. Genesee Community College Batavia, New York $3,400 $4,000
8. Jefferson Community College Watertown, New York $3,480 $5,424
9. Niagara County Community College Sanborn, New York $3,480 $6,960
10. Cayuga County Community College Auburn, New York $3,560 $7,120
11. Fashion Institute of Technology New York, New York $3,714 $11,142
12. Jamestown Community College Jamestown, New York $3,720 $7,440
13. Suffolk County Community College Selden, New York $3,776 $7,552
14. Ulster County Community College Stone Ridge, New York $3,820 $7,640
15. SUNY Westchester Community College Valhalla, New York $3,850 $9,626
16. Graduate School and University Center New York, New York $4,600 $9,960
17. Lehman College Bronx, New York $4,600 $9,960
18. SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome Utica, New York $4,970 $13,380
19. SUNY at Albany Albany, New York $4,970 $13,380
20. University at Buffalo Buffalo, New York $4,970 $13,380

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