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Current Costs of Attendance

**The Bursar maintains the current tuition and fees on the Bursar web page.

The Office of Financial Aid establishes standard student budgets each year as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. The cost of attendance for a student is an estimate of that student’s educational expenses for the period of enrollment. SUNY Downstate uses an average, rather than actual expenses. The cost of attendance for the financial aid programs is a student’s cost for the period in which the aid is intended.

The cost of attendance is determined by law (Higher Education Act, Sec. 472) and is not subject to regulation by the Department of Education. The law specifies the types of costs that are included in the cost of attendance, but SUNY Downstate determines the appropriate amount to include.

A student’s cost of attendance generally is the sum of the following: The tuition and fees normally assessed for a student carrying the same academic workload, An allowance for books, supplies, transportation, miscellaneous personal expenses, and an allowance for room and board. We are not permitted to include costs such as credit card bills, costs prior to attendance, review classes not required by the school, or costs during the summer when school is not in session. A Financial Aid Cost of Attendance IS NOT a personal budget. The Financial Aid Budget is a good starting point to create a personal budget.

The total amount of financial aid you can receive is limited by your financial aid budget — an average of costs based on residency (in-state or out of state), type of program, and other factors. The costs taken into consideration in the budget include tuition, fees, housing and meals, books, supplies, medical expenses, transportation, and personal expenses.

Direct charges include tuition, fees, & dorm charges if you reside in a dorm room.

Indirect Costs: These are costs you are likely to incur while attending school but are not paid directly to the school.

We estimate that you may incur expenses per month in the following categories.


Categories On Campus Off Campus
Room & Board per month $1,441 $1,994
Miscellaneous per month $540 $540
Health Insurance yearly $4,992 $4,992
Travel per month $150 $150


Article about the Cost of Living in Brooklyn (Numbeo)

* After you have received your award letter for next year if you have concerns that you have unusual school related expenses that go beyond or are not reflected below you may come to the Office of Financial Aid and consult with the staff about those concerns. You should bring receipts to show the actual amounts paid so we may determine how and if they may be taken into consideration.