CUNY Tuition

Tuition
CUNY – 4-Year Colleges
1848-1975 – Free
1976 – $925
1983 – $1225
1991 – $1350
1992 – $1850
1993 – $2,450
1996 – $3200
2003 – $4000
2009 – $4600
2010 – $4692 (fall)

CUNY Community Colleges
1848-1975 – Free
1976 – $775
1979 – $925
1983 – $1225
1991 – $1350
1992 – $1750
1996 – $2500
2003 – $2800
2009 – $3150
2010 – $3213

If Chancellor Goldstein and Governor Patterson have their way, you, the student, are on the road to continual “rationalized” tuition increases. The Public Higher Education Empowerment and Innovation Act would allow the “CUNY Board of Trustees to raise tuition incrementally up to an annual cap of two and one-half times the five-year rolling average of the Higher Education Price Index.” What they don’t tell you is that the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) has averaged a 5% annual increase since 1990. Which means the CUNY Board of Trustees would have the power to increase your tuition 10% annually.

Part of the Neoliberalization of CUNY is shifting the cost of education from corporations, the state and the wealthy – those who can and should bear the cost of public education – to those least able to pay, the students themselves.

“From 1989 to 2006, tuition and fees rose 94 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars, while the state’s contribution fell 35 percent and the city’s by 24 percent. After financial aid is factored in, students still paid 26 percent of CUNY’s revenues last year, up from 11 percent in 1989.” Link

Tuition payments as a percentage of the CUNY budget have doubled since 1990.
1990 – 19.9% of the budget
1994 – 31.7% of the budget
2000 – 37% of the budget
2006 – 42% of the budget

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