As high school students around New York start deciding on what colleges they will attend upon graduation, it's important to recognize that not every teen is ready to go to a 4-year college or university. Whether is a money thing or they are just unsure about what they want to study, for some, they choose to get their associate's degree first. Let's face it, most of the universities that made the top 10 list in New York are very expensive. The #1 ranked school, Columbia University, had an average tuition cost of $60,532 for the 2020-2021 school year. By comparison, the # ranked Community College in New York, CUNY Queensborough Community College, cost $5,210 for state residents and $8,090 for non-residents.

I attended New York University, which ranked #8 on the same list. I'll be paying off my loans for quite a while. With the reality of the rising costs of higher education, young people who are not sure college is right for them can try it out for a fraction of the cost at a community college. Below you'll find the list of best community colleges in the state, their locations, and tuition fees. If you click on "College Tuition Compare" you can find more info about each school and a link to its website.

WalletHub also ranked the top 10 community colleges in the United States, here are the top 10 New York State.

10. SUNY Broome Community College - Binghamton, NY

SUNY Broome Community College is a Public, 2-4 years school located in Binghamton, NY. It is classified as Associate's - Public Rural-serving Small by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Associate's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees of SUNY Broome Community College is $6,136 for New York residents and $11,224 for out-of-state students. ~ College Tuition Compare

9. Dutchess Community College - Poughkeepsie, NY

Dutchess Community College (DCC) is a Public, 2-4 years school located in Poughkeepsie, NY. It is classified as Associate's - Public Rural-serving Medium by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Associate's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees of Dutchess Community College is $4,896 for New York residents and $9,246 for out-of-state students. ~ College Tuition Compare

8. Erie Community College - Buffalo, NY

Erie Community College is a Public, 2-4 years school located in Buffalo, NY. It is classified as Associate's - Public Rural-serving Medium by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Associate's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees of Erie Community College is $5,722 for New York residents and $10,769 for out-of-state students. ~ College Tuition Compare

7. CUNY LaGuardia Community College - Long Island City, NY

CUNY LaGuardia Community College (LaGuardia CC) is a Public, 2-4 years school located in Long Island City, NY. It is classified as Associate's - Public Rural-serving Small by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Associate's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees of CUNY LaGuardia Community College is $5,218 for New York residents and $8,098 for out-of-state students. ~ College Tuition Compare

6. Columbia-Greene Community College - Hudson, NY

Columbia-Greene Community College is a Public, 2-4 years school located in Hudson, NY. It is classified as Associate's - Public Rural-serving Medium by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Associate's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees of Columbia-Greene Community College is $5,616 for New York residents and $10,584 for out-of-state students. ~ College Tuition Compare

 

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5. Rockland Community College - Suffern, NY

Rockland Community College is a Public, 2-4 years school located in Suffern, NY. It is classified as Associate's - Public Rural-serving Small by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Associate's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees of Rockland Community College is $5,618 for New York residents and $10,728 for out-of-state students. ~ College Tuition Compare

4. Suffolk County Community College - Selden, NY

Suffolk County Community College is a Public, 2-4 years school located in Selden, NY. It is classified as Associate's - Public Rural-serving Small by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Associate's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees of Suffolk County Community College is $5,977 for New York residents and $11,447 for out-of-state students. ~ College Tuition Compare

3. Hudson Valley Community College - Troy, NY

Hudson Valley Community College is a Public, 2-4 years school located in Troy, NY. It is classified as Associate's - Public Suburban-serving Multicampus by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Associate's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees of Hudson Valley Community College is $5,964 for New York residents and $10,764 for out-of-state students. ~ College Tuition Compare

2. Nassau Community College - Garden City, NY

Nassau Community College is a Public, 2-4 years school located in Garden City, NY. It is classified as Associate's - Public Rural-serving Small by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Associate's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees of Nassau Community College is $6,330 for New York residents and $12,130 for out-of-state students. ~ College Tuition Compare

 

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1. CUNY Queensborough Community College - Bayside, NY

CUNY Queensborough Community College (QCC) is a Public, 2-4 years school located in Bayside, NY. It is classified as Associate's - Public Rural-serving Small by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Associate's degree. The 2021 tuition & fees of CUNY Queensborough Community College is $5,210 for New York residents and $8,090 for out-of-state students. ~ College Tuition Compare

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