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ECC earns place among country’s most affordable colleges

Friday, June 28, 2013

BUFFALO—After earning their fifth straight appearance on national publication Community College Week’s “100 Top Associate Degree Producers” list, Erie Community College has now been honored nationally for something Western New Yorkers have always been familiar with: its affordability.

This week, the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center included ECC on its annual list of the most affordable community colleges in the country, based on tuition, fees and average net price—the cost of attendance after considering all grant and scholarship aid—charged to students. The three-campus college appears among 98 two-year colleges across the U.S. that have the lowest average net price. With a net cost of $3,342 per year, ECC is the only college from New York on the list, and has the lowest average net price of any SUNY community college.

“This news is yet another example of how ECC is gaining national recognition for its career-focused and affordable education,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “We’ve been committed to keeping costs low for our students, and we’ll continue to do so without sacrificing our curriculum-based quality recognized throughout SUNY and beyond.”

The College Affordability and Transparency Center includes information for students, parents, and policymakers about college costs at America’s colleges and universities. According to their website, the Center’s lists are generated using data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). IPEDS is a mandatory data collection for institutions that participate in or are applicants for participation in any federal student financial aid program authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 USC 1094, Section 487(a)(17) and 34 CFR 668.14(b)(19)).


Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.


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