BUFFALO—Erie Community College has been recognized again nationally for something Western New Yorkers have always been familiar with: its affordability.
The U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency Center included ECC on its latest list of the most affordable public two-year 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 77 two-year colleges across the U.S. with the lowest average net price. Based on numbers obtained before the 2012-13 academic year, ECC's net cost of $2,980 per year is tops in New York State and ranks 37th overall. (The national average is $7,163.) Also noted is that 85% of ECC students received some sort of college aid, considerably high among the school's comparable state and national peers.
"This is great news, and yet another example of how ECC is gaining national recognition for its education," said President Jack Quinn. "We've been committed to keeping costs low and aid available for our students, and we'll continue to do so without sacrificing the college's career-focused curriculum that's noted 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.