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Paying for College

Getting into college is one thing. Paying for college is another. Here are some links to help you get started:

For U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens, it's important to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) ( early. This form should be submitted around the same time as the college application. FAFSA allows U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens to apply for need-based scholarships and grants, work study and government loans.

It is important to consider the cost of tuition when deciding on a school. However, some schools offer
merit-based scholarships not to only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens, but also to international students. These scholarships can often make a very expensive school the cheapest choice. For example, one community college student from Poland was getting ready to transfer to a 4-year college. She applied to a prestigious private university and a well-respected public school. She was accepted at both schools, but it turned out that the private university offered her a significant scholarship. In fact, the scholarship was so generous that it was less expensive for the student to attend the pricier private university! Check individual schools to see what kinds of scholarship opportunities they offer. Applying early for scholarships is also suggested.

At LaGuardia Community College and CUNY we offer these need-based scholarships and merit-based scholarships, to find information visit:

Transferring credits can also help decrease the cost of college. Have you been to college before? If yes, be sure to include a transcript from your previous college to ensure that as many credits transfer as possible. This means that you may get credit for courses you've already taken, thus decreasing the amount of time you'll need to study to complete your degree. For information about transferring credits from one CUNY college to another, please visit:

Scholarship information is also available at the Career & Transfer Center, C-266, or call 1-718-482-5185.

New York City Colleges Comparative Tuition and Fees

N A M E   O F   C O L L E G E
O R   U N I V E R S I T Y
Full Time
(Per Year)
Part Time
(Per Credit)
Full Time
(Per Year)
Part Time
(Per Credit)
LaGuardia Community College (Public) $2,800 $120 $4,560 $190
City College (Public) $4,000 $170 $11,000 $360
DeVry University (Private) $12,450 $460 $12,450 $460
Pace University (Private) $20,540 $590 $20,540 $590
Columbia University (Private) $27,780 $926 $27,780 $926
New York University (Private) $29,112 $1,003 $29,112 $1,003

Things to Consider:

1) Full-time students typically take a minimum of 12 credits per semester (24 credits per year.)

2) Part-time students typically take 1 or 2 classes per semester. Each class is usually 3 or 4 credits.

3) To qualify for financial aid, students need to take a minimum of 6 credits per semester.

4) Tuition and Fees are subject to change.

5) For more information about LaGuardia's tuition, visit:

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