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 was ranked in the top 15 of Best Value Public Colleges by Forbes Magazine
  • U.S. News & World Report has ranked SB among the top 100 universities and top 40 public universities.

Nearly 95% 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.

* Among the top 1 percent of higher education institutions in the world (QS World University Rankings).

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

Cost of Attendance

2019-2020 Estimated Yearly Cost for Full-Time Undergraduates*

Direct Costs ** (Payable to SBU)
Tuition 7,070 (NY Residents)
24,740 (Out-of-state & International)
Fees **** 3,106
Room *** 9,082
Meal Plan *** 5,196
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.

** 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 $1,500.

*** 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.

Bigger Affordability, Smaller Debt

Financial Aid and Scholarships

for full-time freshmen
  • 78% receive financial aid; average amount: $13,100
  • 71% receive U.S., NYS, or SBU grants; average amount: $10,162
  • 36% receive Pell grants; average amount: $5,149