Pres. Obama in New York: What do our colleges cost and what are they doing to save you money?
Posted at: 08/22/2013 4:43 PM | Updated at: 08/22/2013 4:47 PM
Today, News10NBC compiled basic costs from our local colleges and the University of Rochester. We asked the schools how much does it cost to go there and what have you done to either slow, cap or decrease the cost to students and their families.
Here are their answers:
College at Brockport:
What they're doing: Two of SUNY's major initiatives to control costs are our Shared Services efforts and Open SUNY. Shared Services urges campuses to pool resources and work collaboratively. SUNY is currently in the midst of institute a common IT platform across the system that would make such collaborating and sharing of resources much easier. Open SUNY allows students from any SUNY campus to take online classes offered by any other SUNY campus. This could allow students to graduate sooner, as they may not have to wait for a course to be offered through their own campus.
SUNY Geneseo: $18,670
What they're doing: As far as cost containment measures, the University post-2008 has been very disciplined with regard to tuition increases for students and families. Additionally, our cost containment activities are ongoing. Some of this has to do with purchase of goods and services. We have conducted a review of major contracts and engaged in a competitive process, which typically produce savings. We have continued to improve energy efficiency through the use of new technology and building re-commissioning. Despite the growth of the University's facilities, we used approximately the same amount of electricity in 2013 as we did in 2012. In the IT arena, we are implementing a new information technology system which will be less expensive to maintain and upgrade than current technology. In the coming year, we will focus on a number of our business processes in an attempt to make them more efficient.
What they're doing: The gross cost of attending Roberts (tuition, fees, room & board) is approximately $37,000. The average traditional undergraduate student pays about $20,000 (tuition, fees, room & board - NET) after scholarships and grants have been factored in. Without room & board that cost is approximately $10,400. The staff and administration at Roberts Wesleyan are always concerned about maintaining affordability for students, and so cost-containment efforts are continual. The College is in the early phases of a comprehensive capital campaign that includes raising scholarship support for students as one of the three strategic areas.
St. John Fisher:
What they're doing: The average financial aid offer to an incoming freshman is $20,000, including scholarships. As the cost of living has increased, we have increased our scholarship levels. And for the last several years, the College has kept tuition increases below 4% in an effort to continue to provide an affordable education for our students.
What they're doing: Last year, Nazareth College President Daan Braveman announced a plan that is designed to ensure that the College remains affordable and accessible for its students. The comprehensive plan is a result of a year long study by faculty and staff committees that analyzed each of the College's academic and administrative programs. The plan reduces the College's operating expenses, allowing it to increase financial and have the lowest tuition increase in memory. The plan also calls for centralizing important student services to make them more efficient and effective. Finally, it enables the College to redeploy resources to support the new core curriculum, the recently adopted strategic plan, and new and growing academic programs.