Cost to Attend
The cost of attendance is the student's total estimated cost of attending a postsecondary institution for a specific period of time, as established by law. The cost of attendance is used to determine financial aid eligibility and comprises direct and indirect costs. Direct costs include tuition, mandatory fees and books. Indirect costs include living expenses, transportation and personal expenses. The estimated totals below represent the general cost of attendance for the year per term.
View tuition and fees.
Estimated Cost of Attendance (based on a 15-week term)
- Undergraduate (per term)
- full-time independent students and dependent students not living with a parent: $11,506
- full-time dependent students: $7,031
- half-time independent students and dependent students not living with a parent: $9,801
- half-time dependent students: $5,326
- Undergraduate Out-of-State (per term)
- full-time independent students and dependent students not living with a parent: $12,211
- full-time dependent students: $7,736
- half-time independent students and dependent students not living with a parent: $10,265
- half-time dependent students: $5,790
- Graduate (per term)
- full time: $12,188
- half time: $10,265
- full time out-of-state: $13,034
- half time out-of-state: $10,829
* Graduate students are assigned the budgets listed above, regardless of program.
View our information about need analysis to find out how student budgets are calculated and to link to the cost of attendance for out-of-state residents and less than half-time students.
Expenses included in the Cost of Attendance (COA)
- tuition and fees
- loan origination fees
- household and food
- books and supplies, equipment, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses
- medical expense and insurance.
Residencies at the undergraduate and graduate level are not factored into the COA and may be added by our office upon request.
COA is an estimate that may be reviewed on an exception basis, with appropriate documentation, for the following conditions:
- study abroad costs
- dependent care expenses
- expenses associated with a disability
- expenses for a cooperative education program.
Please note that the COA for incarcerated students is limited to tuition and fees.
Students who move during the school year are expected to adjust their FAFSA address accordingly in order for the COA to be adjusted appropriately.
Name: SUC Empire State College
Undergraduate Associate: 0916
Undergraduate Bachelor's: 0913
Graduate: 5680 (for graduate students applying for Veteran Tuition Awards)
If you are attending the spring 2020 term, the deadline to have all financial aid applications, additional financial aid requirements/documents and appeals submitted and any student loans accepted was December 6, 2019 in order ensure the processing of your aid eligibility by the spring payment deadline.
For students planning to enroll beginning in May 2020 or thereafter, the 2020-2021 FAFSA application is now available to complete.