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Cheapest Colleges & Universities in New York City

by Ashley Miller, Demand Media Google

    New York City is a great place to study, and you don't have to pay an arm and a leg to get a first-rate college education. Not only are there several respected institutions available for those who are seeking a more affordable college or university, but studying and living in Manhattan provides its own unique learning experience.

    City College of New York

    The City College of New York is the first college of the CUNY (City University of New York) system, and it offers an affordable, quality education at an internationally recognized institution. A variety of research institutes and centers within the college enable students to work side by side with renowned professors and researchers in several fields, including the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies and the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physicochemical Hydrodynamics. It is very affordable, particularly if you are a New York resident, to study at the City College of New York. As of 2010, undergraduate tuition for full-time students who are residents of New York is $2,300 per semester. Nonresidents pay $415 per credit, which is still a highly competitive rate among colleges located in Manhattan. City College of New York 160 Convent Ave. New York, NY 10031 212-650-7000 www1.ccny.cuny.edu/

    Lehman College

    Lehman College is another school within the CUNY educational system, making it an extremely affordable option for both New York and non-New York residents. Lehman offers study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and classes tend to be small, with more opportunity for individualized attention. More than 50 undergraduate majors and 30 master's degree programs are available. Lehman also has a distinguished faculty, with several professors receiving prestigious awards and fellowships, such as mathematics and computer science professor Jason Behrstock's receipt of the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. As of 2010, undergraduate students from New York pay just $2,300 in tuition per semester, and tuition for nonresidents is $4,980 per semester. Lehman College 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West Bronx, NY 10468 718-960-8000 www.lehman.edu/

    Hunter College

    Hunter College is one of the most well-known and respected names within the CUNY system. It is also one of the oldest public colleges in the United States. Admission is very competitive, and a strong focus is placed on providing educational opportunities for women and minorities. Students can study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, Hunter grants Ph.Ds in several areas of study. Hunter's faculty is world-recognized for their achievements in research, and many professors have received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. As of 2010, undergraduate tuition at Hunter for New York residents studying full-time is $2,499.50, while nonresident tuition is $5,179.50. Hunter College 95 Park Ave. New York, NY 10065 212-772-4000 www.hunter.cuny.edu/

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    About the Author

    Ashley Miller is a licensed social worker, psychotherapist, certified Reiki practitioner, yoga enthusiast and aromatherapist. She has also worked as an employee assistance program counselor and a substance-abuse professional. Miller holds a Master of Social Work and has extensive training in mental health diagnosis, as well as child and adolescent psychotherapy. She also has a bachelor's degree in music.

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