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September 29, 2009



DiNapoli: Taxpayers Miss Out on $340 Million in Revenue
Because of Low Out-of-State SUNY Tuition

SUNY Out-of-State Students Pay $8,463 Less Tuition
Than Students In Other States

The State University of New York charges on average $8,463 less for undergraduate out-of-state tuition than other states’ public universities and could earn $340 million in additional revenues over four years if it charged the average out-of-state tuition, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“SUNY schools are a great way for students to get a quality education,” DiNapoli said. “But New York taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing out-of-state students. New York families are struggling to make ends meet and put their kids through college. Tuition costs for out-of-state students should be adjusted to bring tuition more in line with other states. Why should New York taxpayers foot the bill for a bargain education for students from New Jersey or California?”

The report found SUNY schools charge $12,870 for undergraduate out-of-state tuition while 29 other public schools in 19 states charge on average $21,333. The difference for the 2009-10 school year is $8,463, despite a $2,260 increase in out-of-state tuition that SUNY implemented for the same school year.

DiNapoli’s analysis found an out-of-state tuition increase could raise $340 million in additional revenue if it phases in a cost increase over four years to bring its out-of-state tuition to the average tuition of the other states. In addition, if half of the revenues were passed on as savings to in-state students, each student would save approximately $1,000 in tuition costs over four years.

DiNapoli’s report also found SUNY’s in-state tuition increased 231 percent from $1,500 in 1990-91 to $4,970 in 2009-10, while out-of-state tuition grew just 165 percent, increasing from $4,850 to $12,870 during the same period.

DiNapoli’s analysis compared 2009-10 out-of-state undergraduate tuitions for 20 competitively rated SUNY schools with 29 similarly rated public universities and colleges in 19 other states.

Click here for a copy of the report.

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