Student Budgets

The cost of your education includes more than tuition.

The cost of your education, whether it is at CUNY or any other college, includes more than tuition. When we calculate your eligibility for financial aid, we assign you a "Cost of Attendance Budget." This budget includes cost of books, supplies, transportation and miscellaneous personal expenses.

Below are the estimated nine month budget for variable costs (in addition to tuition and fees) for students living at home and students living away from home.

2015-2016 Student Budgets

Students Living at Home

Books and Supplies
Transportation (MetroCard)
Personal Expense $1,816
Room and Board

Total Variable Costs



Students Living Away from Home

Books and Supplies
Transportation (MetroCard) $1,054
Lunch $1,148
Food at home
Personal Expenses
Housing $10,386

Total Variable Costs