Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

CUNY City College tuition is $6,530 per year for in-state residents. This is 7% cheaper than the national average public four year tuition of $7,056. The cost is 70% cheaper than the average New York tuition of $22,120 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 13th in New York amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 173rd most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $13,920 which represents a 113% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $410 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $6,940.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,550 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in New York should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,364.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $5,430 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $5,430 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state New York residents to go to City College of New York is $29,284 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have New York residence can expect a one year cost of $36,674.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for CUNY City College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for CUNY City College
Estimated Budgets
New York Resident Total Budget $29,284
   In-State Tuition$6,530
   Other Fees$410
   Room and Board$15,550
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,430
   Books and Supplies$1,364
Non-Resident Total Budget $36,674
   Out-of-State Tuition$13,920
   Other Fees$410
   Room and Board$15,550
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,430
   Books and Supplies$1,364


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $29,284 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported City College of New York net price for in-state students is $7,125* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

74% of CUNY City College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $8,128. 60 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $5,083. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend CUNY City College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for CUNY City College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$7,125*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid74%
Average Total Grant Aid$8,128
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants60%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$5,083

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$4,537
$30,001 to $48,000$6,340
$48,001 to $75,000$10,364
$75,001 to $110,000$13,855

Average Financial Aid Mix - $29,284 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $29,284. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 34% - $8,128

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, CUNY City College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 21% - $5,004

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 45% -  $10,722

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. CUNY City College
SUNY Maritime College2.1% more expensive
CUNY Queens College0% less expensive
New Jersey Institute of Technology113% more expensive
CUNY Brooklyn College0% less expensive
Rowan University47.9% more expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at CUNY City College.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at City College of New York is $117,136 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $5,825 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $23,300**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $146,420 or $29,125 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at CUNY City College.

New York Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,265
New York Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,642
Non-New York Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,960
Non-New York Resident Total Cost Per Semester$18,337

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at CUNY City College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at CUNY City College
Price per credit hour for New York residents$285
Cost for one class for New York residents (3 credit hours)$855
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$580
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,740
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$2,320


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 7% of CUNY City College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,004. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $16,842.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for CUNY City College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $23,300, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $28,909.96. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at CUNY City College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 74% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,825. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our CUNY City College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

CUNY City College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$240.92
Amount Borrowed$23,300.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$5,609.96
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$28,909.96

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend City College of New York? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending CUNY City College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $28,909.96 would be needed to afford a $240.92 monthly payment in the example $23,300.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to CUNY City College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,430 to $6,530. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4.1%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $117,136.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for CUNY City College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$40,272$161,089
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$51,399$205,595
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $65,599$262,398
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $75,939$303,758

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at CUNY City College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 282 9% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 156 9% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 126 8% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 109 9% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 102 15% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 95 18% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 86 9% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 75 13% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 62 14% cheaper
Biomedical Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 61 4% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 54 12% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 51 3% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 45 11% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 44 6% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 39 23% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 35 22% cheaper
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 35 20% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 35 10% cheaper
Physician Assistant Bachelor's Degree 34 18% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 34 8% cheaper
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 32 36% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 28 12% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 27 6% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 27 14% cheaper
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 25 14% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 24 14% cheaper
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 23 28% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 21 11% cheaper
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia Bachelor's Degree 18 15% cheaper
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 17 13% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 17 13% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 16 11% cheaper
Bilingual and Multilingual Education Bachelor's Degree 12 10% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 11 19% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 11 19% cheaper
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 10 25% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 17% cheaper
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 8 23% cheaper
Applied Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 7 18% cheaper
Pre-Law Studies Bachelor's Degree 6 6% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 6 11% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 2 14% cheaper
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 1 10% cheaper


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About CUNY City College

CUNY City College is a four year public college located in New York, New York.  Full time enrollment is 10,530 and part time is 5,518.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

CUNY City College
160 Convent Ave
New York, New York

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

CUNY City College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

CUNY City College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190567 IPEDS survey data.