FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for SUNY Online

  1. What is the cost of tuition for in-state residents?
  2. What is the cost of tuition for out-of-state residents?
  3. How many credit hours will my program require?
  4. Am I really able to study from anywhere?
  5. Can I talk to someone?
  6. What kinds of support will I have access to as an online student?
  7. When I enroll, am I a student of “The State University of New York” or a student of one of the 64 SUNY campuses?
  8. Can I transfer credits from another school toward an online program at SUNY?
  9. How much time should I devote to my online studies?
  10. How often can I login and work on my online classes?
  11. What will it be like to take an online class?
  12. Is online learning for me?
  13. Can I get financial aid for courses offered through SUNY?
  14. What technology will I need?
  15. Do I have to be an experienced Internet or computer user to take SUNY courses?
  16. What if I plan to use more than one computer to access my courses?
  17. Do I need special software to take online classes?
  18. Ok, I’m ready! How do I apply?

 

 


What is the cost of tuition for New York State residents?

Tuition starts at $174 per credit hour for fully accredited degree programs. While costs increase as you move up the ladder, you won’t find a better value for a NY resident than our tuition and fees.
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What is the cost of tuition for out-of-state residents?

Depending on the degree, out-of-state resident tuition starts at $295!
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How many credit hours will my program require?

Total credit hours required vary by degree. For example, associate degrees require 60-65 credit hours; bachelor's degrees require a minimum of 120 credit hours; and master's degrees range from 30-60 credit hours, depending on major.
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Am I really able to study from anywhere?

Yes, anywhere there is a connection to the Internet!
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Can I talk to someone?

Absolutely! Just email us at studyonline@suny.edu to make an appointment.
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What kinds of support will I have access to as an online student?

This is what sets us apart at SUNY. SUNY Online students have a personal coach to help them through their degree program. Start with a coach when you begin your associate degree and keep that coach through the completion of your master’s degree.. 
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When I enroll, am I a student of “The State University of New York” or a student of one of the 64 SUNY campuses?

You will enroll at a SUNY campus / program of your choosing. If there are multiple campuses offering similar programs, our enrollment team will help you make the best choice for achieving your goals. And when you graduate, your diploma will be identical to the diplomas granted by that college to students studying on campus. 
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Can I transfer credits from another school toward an online program at SUNY?

Yes, in many instances SUNY campuses will count credit from other accredited institutions toward your degree program. The rules for transfer may vary by institution, and our enrollment team can help you navigate that process. 
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How much time should I devote to my online courses?

Typically, students should plan on 3-4 hours of work per week per credit hour. For a 3-credit course, you should set aside 9-12 hours per week. While course requirements vary, you should also plan on interacting in your courses several times during the week. 
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How often can I login and work on my online courses?

SUNY courses that are offered online, or that have an online component, are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Like traditional on-campus classes, SUNY online courses have start and end dates according to the college's calendar. SUNY campuses may have specific times and dates when courses may not be available, or have restricted access. In addition, a particular course at a specific campus may require that you log on at certain periods for certain activities. Your instructor will provide a course schedule for you to follow along with dates and deadlines for assignments so you will have a clear expectation in advance. 
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What will it be like to take an online class?

If you would like to experience an online class first hand, please visit our Demo Course
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Is online learning for me?

Our short answer? Yes! Especially if you have work, family or other responsibilities that make it difficult to keep a rigorous on-campus schedule. If you're curious as to whether online learning is the right step for you, please take our Readiness Assessment that will indicate the degree to which distance learning and/or learning in a technology rich environment will be a good fit for you. 
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Can I get financial aid for courses offered through SUNY?

Yes! Financial aid is available for online programs. The type of aid you may be eligible to receive will depend upon many factors. You may be able to receive grants and scholarships, loans or tax deductions for your tuition and school costs, depending upon your personal situation. Some factors that affect your financial aid status are whether you are a full-time or part-time student, and whether you are studying for credit or non-credit. 
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What technology will I need?

You should have access to a computer, laptop or handheld device with a high speed, broadband or DSL Internet connection. Due to the nature of downloading and viewing rich media, dial-up connections are not recommended. You should also be using an Internet browser that is supported by your campus. 
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Do I have to be an experienced Internet or computer user to take SUNY courses?

Although you do not have to be an “expert,” you must have basic computer skills, such as word processing and some experience using the Internet.
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What if I plan to use more than one computer to access my courses?

You can access your courses through as many computers as you would like as long as they meet basic technical requirements. 
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Do I need special software to take online classes?

Online learning at SUNY campuses is browser-based. This means that you access your course through your Internet connection using a standard web browser. You may need to download the most compatible version of the browser for your campus system. The most important thing is that you have a good connection to the Internet. Some instructors may require students to use special software depending on the program in which they enroll.  
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Ok, I’m ready! How do I apply?

Let’s get you started with your own coach! Simply fill out the form, and we will contact you to assist with the application process. If you contact us through the attached form, we will waive the application fee!  
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