CUNY’s exceptional affordability is an incomparable value in today’s higher education marketplace, where yearly college bills can easily outpace family wages, and student-loan debt – exceeding $1.2 trillion nationwide – impedes graduates’ financial freedom, including the ability to purchase a home. CUNY costs a fraction of what students pay at private universities, and it beats most public institutions, too. These low costs make it possible for seven in 10 full-time undergraduates to attend college tuition-free, fully covered by financial aid and the American Opportunity Tax Credit, and for more than eight in 10 to graduate free from federal education debt. When our students do borrow, statistics show, they end up owing less than their peers elsewhere. CUNY’s affordable tuition is part of a successful, long-term financial partnership between the University, state and city governments, philanthropists, alumni and students. Enduring value increases lifelong opportunities for our students to pursue their educational, professional, financial and personal goals. That’s freedom.

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A Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet, Hill (York College ’16) has worked as CUNY’s part-time Veteran/ROTC liaison while earning his B.S. in Computer Science, and as a summer 2015 intern/software developer at a federal agency. He chose CUNY for the opportunity for “a great college education” without student debt, and to connect with New York City businesses and organizations related to his interests.


To become a software developer, and to commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves after graduation.