Best Value Colleges in New York

New York is home to a wide variety of colleges, from public to private, large to small, urban to rural and with degrees of all kind.  Read More

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-CUNY - Medgar Evers College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate12%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$15,300
-CUNY - Medgar Evers College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate12%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$15,300
-Lehman College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,500
-Lehman College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$17,500
-Metropolitan College of New York(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,600
-New York City Technical College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate15%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,900
-New York City Technical College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate15%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,900
-St. Joseph's College (SJC) - Brooklyn, NY(Private)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,600
-SUNY - Empire State College(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate19%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
-SUNY - Empire State College(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate19%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$31,200
-York College - The City University of New York (CUNY)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,000
-York College - The City University of New York (CUNY)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate29%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,000

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

PayScale's College ROI Report can help you find the best value colleges in New York state.

The College ROI Report ranks New York schools by highest return on investment. This way, you can invest in your education just like Wall Street experts invest in the stock market. Students who attend colleges in the Empire State can enjoy proximity to the excitement of New York City and the beauty of Upstate New York regions, like the Adirondacks and the Thousand Islands.

SUNY Maritime College, a public college located in Long Island, grants mostly engineering and business degrees, and requires all students to engage in experiential learning experiences by completing internships or serving with military groups like the Coast Guard or Merchant Marines. With that combination of experience and quality education, it's no wonder why SUNY Maritime provides such great value to alumni.

Columbia University is an Ivy League school attended by famous alumni like Madeleine Albright, Pat Buchanan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Chelsea Clinton, Isaac Asimov, Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, and Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Even if you don't go on to fame and fortune after graduation, you can expect a solid 20-year net ROI.

Located in Troy, New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute -- or RPI, as it's more commonly known -- is made up of six schools, and offers more than 140 degree programs across more than 60 fields. The school, whose 265-acre campus overlooks the Hudson River, is best known for its programs in the technical arts and applied sciences and has produced many accomplished alumni through the years.

Other New York colleges that provide notably high value to students are Clarkson University in Potsdam, Cornell University in Ithaca, Manhattan College, and the SUNY campus at Binghamton.