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Affordable Excellence

With prestigious rankings and international recognition that place us among the Top 1%* of higher education institutions worldwide, Stony Brook is invested in undergraduate education.

  • Stony Brook is one of the most affordable top-ranked universities in the nation.
  • Stony Brook has been named to Kiplinger's list of 35 Best Values in public colleges and universities.
  • U.S. News & World Report has ranked SB among the top 100 universities and top 40 public universities.

Nearly 90% of our recent graduates are either employed or continuing their education.

Stony Brook’s affordable tuition means less future debt and real savings that can help you pay for your graduate studies or any number of life passages yet to come.

* Top 1% according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Stony Brook University has the #1 Best ROI in the Northeast according to

Cost of Attendance

2015-2016 Estimated Yearly Cost for Full-Time Undergraduates*

Direct Costs ** (Payable to SBU)
Tuition 6,470 (NY Residents)
21,550 (Out-of-state & International)
Fees **** 2,388
Room *** 7,778
Meal Plan *** 4,178
Indirect Costs (Estimated annual)
Books *** 900
Transportation & Personal Expenses 1,868

Our Time Option Payment Program allow families to pay in installments.

* All charges are subject to change without notice. Please see SUNY 2020 for information on predictable tuition rates.

** Payable to the University. Health insurance is required of all full-time students; waivers are available to domestic students who already have health insurance. International students must enroll in the International Student Health Insurance Plan; estimated cost is approximately $1,100.

*** Costs may vary depending on meal plan, housing options, and other variables. Double dorm room and Silver Meal plan were used to calculate meal and housing plans. All undergraduates living on campus are required to enroll in a meal plan for their first two semesters.

**** Costs dependent on course schedule. Additional course fees may apply to offset the costs of chemicals, supplies, materials and maintenance associated with particular courses.

Cost Comparison: Why We’re a Best Value

University Estimated Annual In-State* Tuition & Fees (*2014-2015) Estimated Annual Out-of-State* Tuition & Fees (*2014-2015)
Stony Brook University** 8,430 21,850
Arizona State University 10,002 23,654
Boston University 46,664 46,664
Cornell (Endowed Colleges) 47,286 47,286
New York University 46,148 46,148
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Ohio State University, Columbus 10,037 25,757
Penn State, University Park 17,502 30,452
Rutgers University, New Brunswick 13,813 28,591
St. John's University 38,680 38,680
Syracuse University 41,886 41,886
University of Arizona 10,957 29,421
University of California, Berkeley 12,972 35,850
University of California, San Diego 13,456 36,334
University of California, Santa Barbara 13,860 36,738
University of Chicago 48,253 48,253
University of Colorado, Boulder 10,789 33,151
University of Connecticut 12,700 32,880
University of Delaware 12,342 30,692
University of Maryland, College Park 9,427 29,720
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 13,486 41,906
University of Southern California 48,280 48,280
University of Texas, Austin 9,798 34,722
Washington State University 11,386 24,468

Financial Aid and Scholarships

for full-time freshmen
  • 55% receive need-based aid; average amount: $8,768
  • 41% receive merit-based aid; average amount: $3,314
  • 50% receive self-help aid; average amount: $5,200

Bigger Affordability, Smaller Debt

In an era where stories about rising student debt and default rates appear daily in the media, Stony Brook students graduate with low debt, and have much smaller default rates compared to both national and New York State averages.

  • 3 year default rate (2010)
  • 14.7%National
  • 11.9%New York State
  • 5.4%Stony Brook University
  • 2 year default rate (2011)
  • 10.0%National
  • 7.9%New York State
  • 4.2%Stony Brook University
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