Affordable Excellence

With prestigious rankings and international recognition that place us among the Top 1%* of higher education institutions worldwide, Stony Brook is invested in undergraduate education.

  • Stony Brook is one of the most affordable top-ranked universities in the nation.
  • Stony Brook has been named to Kiplinger's list of 35 Best Values in public colleges and universities.
  • U.S. News & World Report has ranked SB among the top 100 universities and top 40 public universities.

Nearly 90% of our recent graduates are either employed or continuing their education.

Stony Brook’s affordable tuition means less future debt and real savings that can help you pay for your graduate studies or any number of life passages yet to come.

* Stony Brook’s global ranking by U.S. News & World Report places us in the 1% of institutions worldwide.

Stony Brook University has the #1 Best ROI in the Northeast according to bestvalueschools.com

Cost of Attendance

2016-2017 Estimated Yearly Cost for Full-Time Undergraduates*

Direct Costs ** (Payable to SBU)
Tuition 6,470 (NY Residents)
23,710 (Out-of-state & International)
Fees **** 2,556
Room *** 8,090
Meal Plan *** 4,800
Indirect Costs (Estimated annual)
Books *** 900
Transportation & Personal Expenses 1,868

Our Time Option Payment Program allow families to pay in installments.

* All charges are subject to change without notice. Please see SUNY 2020 for information on predictable tuition rates.

** Payable to the University. Health insurance is required of all full-time students; waivers are available to domestic students who already have health insurance. International students must enroll in the International Student Health Insurance Plan; estimated cost is approximately $1,100.

*** Costs may vary depending on meal plan, housing options, and other variables. Double dorm room and Silver Meal plan were used to calculate meal and housing plans. All undergraduates living on campus are required to enroll in a meal plan for their first two semesters.

**** Costs dependent on course schedule. Additional course fees may apply to offset the costs of chemicals, supplies, materials and maintenance associated with particular courses.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

for full-time freshmen
  • 55% receive need-based aid; average amount: $8,768
  • 41% receive merit-based aid; average amount: $3,314
  • 50% receive self-help aid; average amount: $5,200

Bigger Affordability, Smaller Debt

In an era where stories about rising student debt and default rates appear daily in the media, Stony Brook students graduate with low debt, and have much smaller default rates compared to both national and New York State averages.

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