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A SUNY Buffalo State College Education Is a Smart Investment

National rankings have given Buffalo State high scores for offering value added to occupational earnings and social mobility to its graduates. Beyond affordable, a Buffalo State education is something that will continue to pay dividends both personally and professionally in years to come.

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

$7,070 annual (full-time, in state)
$16,980 annual (full-time, out of state)
$1,402 annual fees*

Costs subject to change

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees by Semester

Graduate Tuition and Fees

$11,310 annual (full-time, in state)
$23,100 annual (full-time, out of state)
$833 annual fees*

Costs subject to change

Graduate Tuition and Fees by Semester

Return on Investment

Top-notch Education

At Buffalo State, you'll have access to a top-caliber education that includes small class sizes, personalized attention, and high-quality academics—at a fraction of the cost charged by private institutions.

An Affordable Value

According to the College Board, the average tuition and fees at a four-year private college are $34,700+ a year.

In comparison, Buffalo State is one of the most affordable colleges—public or private—in the state of New York and beyond.

You'll Be Prepared

In a recent alumni survey, approximately three-quarters of graduates agreed or strongly agreed that Buffalo State helped them prepare for their current job.

When you graduate, you’ll have one of the most marketable degrees in the nation. A degree from the State University of New York has instant credibility wherever you go.

Financial Aid

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89 percent of undergraduate students receive financial aid packages.

The average financial aid award is $17,443.

The Financial Aid Office administers the federal financial aid programs at Buffalo State and assists with acquiring state and private aid. The office also provides helpful information on scholarships and work-study positions.

Special Sessions

January Term (J-Term)

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January Term 2020

January Term (J-Term) is a standalone term that is separate from both the fall and spring semesters.

January 6-24, 2020


All Courses

Online Courses


Begins November 6, 2019


Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

Summer Session

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Graduate on time, catch up on electives, fulfill final credits to receive your degree, complete professional certification requirements, or just take advantage of affordable in-state tuition.


Summer Session ES (Early Summer) May 26-June 26, 2020
Summer Session LS (Late Summer) July 6-August 7, 2020
Summer Session VS (Variable Summer) May 26-August 7, 2020


How to Register


Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Financial Aid

When to Apply

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Buffalo State offers rolling admission, please check the First-Year, Transfer, and Graduate admissions pages for specific application deadlines.

Applications are reviewed as they are completed and received—the first round of fall decisions go out in mid-December for first-year (freshman) students and in mid-January for transfers.

You are welcome to submit an application at any time during the year, but are encouraged to apply as soon as you are able. The majority of our classes fill early in the semester.

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