Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY, USA

Tuition, Cost & Aid

Affordability and Cost

Average Net Price Average net price for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates paying the in-state or in-district tuition rate who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution. Other sources of grant aid are excluded. Aid awarded anytime during the full aid year is included.

Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state or local government, or institutional grant and scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies and the weighted average room and board and other expenses.
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Average Net Price By Family Income
Average Amount
< $30k
$30k - $48k
$48k - $75k
$75k - $110k
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
Books and Supplies
Tuition Payment Plan
Financial Aid: visit page
Financial Aid Email: [email protected]

Aid & Grants

Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
Students receiving state aid
Average State Grant Aid Per Year
Students receiving federal aid
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
Total Needs Based Scholarships/Grants Total amount of grant or scholarship aid awarded to all undergraduates from the federal government, state/local government, the institution, and other sources known to the institution.
Total Non-Need-Based Scholarships/Grants

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
Average Loan Amount Per Year
Students receiving federal loans
Average Federal Loans Per Year
Average Other Loans Per Year
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
Loan Default Rate
US National: 7%
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.

What Students Are Saying

3.61 Average Rating
Very little tuition compared to other schools. Definitely worth the money because you get a great education. We are one of the two AAU schools from the SUNY system and we have the lowest tuition from the 64 schools.
It definitely is worth my money. Being a SUNY school and having only to pay 16-17K yearly while receiving a superior education at a state school, not to mention the tons of opportunities that come with research in labs and nearby facilities, cannot be attained anywhere else. Stony definitely has the resources needed for the average student to make it well off in their future endeavors. It really depends on the motives and enthusiasm with which each student continues his or her education.
Justin from Yonkers, NY
I feel that the education I am getting here is high-quality. The professors are more than qualified to teach and plenty of resources are provided to help students get good grades. Other resources where I feel the money is well spent is on the career center, which helps identify and link interests to careers, and hosts multiple job fairs, resume and cover letter reviews, networking help and even etiquette dinners. The Wellness Center hosts many group fitness classes, and blood pressure screenings, wellness expos and sessions all to help keep students healthy. Students are given opportunities to do research, which may help with getting a job later on. There are many student events going on all the time, although now that budgets are being cut, the value is not as good as it used to be.
Miranda from Nesconset, NY
Compared to many people I know attending private schools, the couple thousand I pay a year seems like pennies. Stony Brook tries their best to be just but there are 20K+ students and the demands for additional financial assistance as far as scholarships is limited.
Ashley from Amityville, NY
As a SUNY school, if you are instate then Stony Brook is fairly cheap, but one of the top SUNY schools there are. For a lot of math and science majors, it is even better than many private schools. Even out of state students do not pay an incredible amount of money to get a great degree. If you are interested in certain types of research, Stony Brook University has professors doing research who will help you with that. A way which Stony Brook does not help with money is the cost of the food. It is quite expensive and the meal plans will take money out that you do not even get to use, so I suggest getting the lowest meal plan and just adding money on it if you live on campus because you have to get a meal plan if you do.
Like all colleges, Stony Brook does have quite a fee for housing for those who live on campus. However, overall, Stony Brook offers an amazing education for the state school price. Moreover, the experience that one makes at Stony Brook can be rewarding and memorable.
Amamah from Huntington, NY
The resources and experiences available to SBU students are incredible considering how affordable the school is, especially for in-state students. Aside from the classes, there are such places to explore as the Staller Arts Center, which offers a variety of professional and student performances for those on campus to enjoy.
I am from California and pay out of state tuition, but it is still a good deal. The education is excellent, but sometimes the accommodations can leave something to be desired. Things are sometimes broken and take a while to be fixed. The laboratories and research are top-notch and opportunities abound, but once again, one must take action.
Mika from California
I feel that what I pay for school is a steal considering the prestigious reputation that Stony Brook upholds. It is significantly less than most other schools and I appreciate that I can get a high-quality education for such a low price. Also, when considering all the things that Stony Brook provides (multiple on-campus computer sites with free printing, free use of gyms and enrollment in extracurricular activities, and the helpful career center) you can't get a better deal anywhere else.
Janelle from Deer Park, NY
In state SUNY tuition is low as it is. I personally have financial aid from my FAFSA and some small department scholarships and I don't pay anything out of pocket except for textbooks. Be on top of your financial account. They will charge you for things you already paid for. Know how to annoy the bursar and financial aid office, but be nice.
Corinne from Douglaston, NY

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