Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Suffolk County Community College tuition is $5,220 per year for in-state residents. This is 44% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 46% cheaper than the average New York tuition of $9,679 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 34th in New York amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 34th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $10,440 which represents a 100% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $572 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $5,792.

Housing Costs

Suffolk County Community College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Selden area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $9,988.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,500.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $2,400 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state New York residents to go to Suffolk County Community College is $19,680 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have New York residence can expect a one year cost of $24,900. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $10,302.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Suffolk County Community College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Suffolk County Community College
Estimated Budgets
New York Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$19,680
   In-State Tuition$5,220
   Other Fees$572
   Off-Campus Housing Budget$9,988
   Off-Campus Other Budget$2,400
   Books and Supplies$1,500
New York Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$10,302
   In-State Tuition$5,220
   Other Fees$572
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$3,010
   Books and Supplies$1,500


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 $19,680 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 Suffolk County Community College net price for in-state students is $5,375* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

56% of Suffolk County Community College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,904. 44 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 $4,105. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Suffolk County Community College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Suffolk County Community College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$5,375*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid56%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,904
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants44%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,105

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$2,830
$30,001 to $48,000$4,152
$48,001 to $75,000$7,894
$75,001 to $110,000$10,332

Average Financial Aid Mix - $19,680 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $19,680. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 34% - $5,904

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

Federal Loans

 22% - $3,753

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

Out of Pocket

 44% -  $7,623

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 Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Suffolk County Community College
Housatonic Community College25.1% less expensive
Norwalk Community College25.1% less expensive
Nassau Community College2.5% more expensive
Gateway Community College25.1% less expensive
CUNY Queensborough Community College8% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Suffolk County Community College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Suffolk County Community College is $39,360 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 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 $6,011 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $12,022**

**Based on a 2 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 Suffolk County Community College.

New York Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,610
New York Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,840
Non-New York Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,220
Non-New York Resident Total Cost Per Semester$12,450

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 Suffolk County Community 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 Suffolk County Community College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$218
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$654
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$436
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,308
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,744


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. 19% of Suffolk County Community College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $3,753.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Suffolk County Community 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 $12,022, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $14,916.55. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Suffolk County Community College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 56% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,011. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Suffolk County Community 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.

Suffolk County Community College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$124.30
Amount Borrowed$12,022.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$2,894.55
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$14,916.55

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Suffolk County Community 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 Suffolk County Community 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 $14,916.55 would be needed to afford a $124.30 monthly payment in the example $12,022.00 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 Suffolk County Community College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,990 to $5,220. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 6.2%. 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 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $39,360.00. 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 Suffolk County Community College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$25,745$51,490
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$32,858$65,716
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $41,936$83,872
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $48,546$97,093

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Suffolk County Community 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
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 1,439 12% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 314 23% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 212 15% costlier
Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree 155 29% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree 114 13% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Associate's Degree 106 39% costlier
Accounting Associate's Degree 91 23% costlier
Information Science/Studies Associate's Degree 52 12% costlier
Child Care and Support Services Management Associate's Degree 39 37% costlier
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant Associate's Degree 33 22% costlier
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 32 23% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 30 28% costlier
Culinary Arts/Chef Training Associate's Degree 30 22% costlier
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 30 36% costlier
Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant Associate's Degree 30 12% costlier
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other Associate's Degree 29 11% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Associate's Degree 27 28% costlier
Community Organization and Advocacy Associate's Degree 26 11% costlier
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy Associate's Degree 24 14% costlier
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 22 24% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Associate's Degree 22 47% costlier
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 21 27% costlier
Occupational Therapist Assistant Associate's Degree 21 24% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree 18 29% costlier
Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology Associate's Degree 18 29% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Associate's Degree 17 26% costlier
Music Performance, General Associate's Degree 16 29% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Associate's Degree 16 66% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Associate's Degree 15 23% costlier
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling Associate's Degree 14 32% costlier
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 14 27% costlier
Dietitian Assistant Associate's Degree 14 10% costlier
Interior Architecture Associate's Degree 13 18% costlier
Retailing and Retail Operations Associate's Degree 12 23% costlier
Architectural Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 12 21% costlier
Design and Applied Arts, Other Associate's Degree 12 19% costlier
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 10 32% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 9 30% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Associate's Degree 9 40% costlier
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other Associate's Degree 9 18% costlier
Office Management and Supervision Associate's Degree 8 34% costlier
Fire Services Administration Associate's Degree 8 27% costlier
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 6 42% costlier
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management Associate's Degree 4 13% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 4 13% costlier
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 1 26% costlier
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 15% costlier


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About Suffolk County Community College

Suffolk County Community College is a two year community college located in Selden, New York.  Full time enrollment is 13,187 and part time is 12,891.  Suffolk County Community College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about Suffolk County Community College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Suffolk County Community College
533 College Rd
Selden, New York

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Suffolk County Community 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.

Suffolk County Community College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=366395 IPEDS survey data.