Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

CUNY Queens 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 8th in New York amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 178th 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 $608 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $7,138.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $14,370 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Flushing 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 Queens College is $28,302 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have New York residence can expect a one year cost of $35,692.

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

Costs and Tuition for CUNY Queens College
Estimated Budgets
New York Resident Total Budget $28,302
   In-State Tuition$6,530
   Other Fees$608
   Room and Board$14,370
   On-Campus Other Budget$5,430
   Books and Supplies$1,364
Non-Resident Total Budget $35,692
   Out-of-State Tuition$13,920
   Other Fees$608
   Room and Board$14,370
   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 $28,302 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 Queens College net price for in-state students is $6,728* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

62% of CUNY Queens College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $7,891. 49 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 $5,011. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend CUNY Queens College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for CUNY Queens College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$6,728*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid62%
Average Total Grant Aid$7,891
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants49%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$5,011

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$4,207
$30,001 to $48,000$5,910
$48,001 to $75,000$10,449
$75,001 to $110,000$13,780

Average Financial Aid Mix - $28,302 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $28,302. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 35% - $7,891

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

Federal Loans

 21% - $4,870

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

Out of Pocket

 44% -  $10,111

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 Queens College
CUNY City College0% less expensive
CUNY Hunter College0% less expensive
CUNY Brooklyn College0% less expensive
New Jersey Institute of Technology113% more expensive
United States Coast Guard Academy100% less 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 Queens 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 Queens College is $113,208 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 $5,446 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $21,784**

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 $141,510 or $27,230 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 Queens College.

New York Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,265
New York Resident Total Cost Per Semester$14,151
Non-New York Resident Tuition Per Semester$6,960
Non-New York Resident Total Cost Per Semester$17,846

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 Queens 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 Queens 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. 8% of CUNY Queens College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,870. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $20,000.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for CUNY Queens 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 $21,784, 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 $27,028.95. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at CUNY Queens College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 62% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $5,446. 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 Queens 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 Queens College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$225.24
Amount Borrowed$21,784.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$5,244.95
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$27,028.95

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Queens College? 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 Queens 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 $27,028.95 would be needed to afford a $225.24 monthly payment in the example $21,784.00 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 Queens 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 $113,208.00. 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 Queens College.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$38,922$155,687
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$49,675$198,701
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $63,400$253,598
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $73,393$293,572

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at CUNY Queens 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
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 96 13% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 87 4% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 74 20% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 62 12% cheaper
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 61 12% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 48 15% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 46 21% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 32 14% cheaper
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 28 2% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 25 7% cheaper
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 24 17% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 23 13% cheaper
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 16 11% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 6% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 11 14% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 11 11% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 10 1% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 10 13% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Bachelor's Degree 10 6% cheaper
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 9 30% cheaper
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 9 27% cheaper
Urban Studies/Affairs Bachelor's Degree 9 24% cheaper
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 31% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 8 17% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 8 17% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 7 11% cheaper
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 7 15% cheaper
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor Bachelor's Degree 7 3% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 2% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 7 14% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 6 14% cheaper
Comparative Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 36% cheaper
East Asian Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 37% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 23% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 3 12% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 3 19% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 15% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 28% cheaper
Labor Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 5% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 2 31% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 2 16% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 4% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 27% cheaper
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 34% cheaper
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 33% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Hebrew Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 16% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 28% cheaper
Area Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 29% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 25% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier


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About CUNY Queens College

CUNY Queens College is a four year public college located in Flushing, New York.  Full time enrollment is 12,161 and part time is 7,471.

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

CUNY Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, New York

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

CUNY Queens 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 Queens College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=190664 IPEDS survey data.