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Affordable Tuition Gives CSI “Best Value” Title

Forbes Nods College’s Best Bang-for-Buck Rates

By Victoria Priola

Nearly six in 10 full-time undergraduate students at CSI graduate debt-free, earning  the college the “Best Value School” title.

This stems from the price of financial aid and the Macaulay Honors program offered at the school.

The program not only gives those who qualify free tuition, but a complimentary laptop and over $7,000 in grants.

Students who do not qualify for financial aid miss out on opportunities for on-campus internships and jobs.

A work-study option is offered to students who need assistance paying tuition, finding jobs, and building work skills.

One recent example of this is comes with the “30,000 Degrees in 2025” initiative, currently in the works and involves CSI, Wagner, and St. John’s.

According to the CSI website, the program focuses on increasing the amount of college graduates by the year 2025 and creating The Staten Island Educational Partnership.

If potential participants do not qualify for FAFSA, this opportunity is not available to them.

CSI is currently the 154th best college in the northeast, and 433rd in the nation according to Forbes magazine. Wagner College came in 113th for the northeast and St. John’s ranked 484th in the nation.

Still, CSI has one of the lowest tuition prices and highest graduation rate compared to its CUNY counterparts. According the Staten Island Advance, students who receive no financial assistance pay roughly $7,500 a year.

St. John’s has followed CSI’s lead and cut their tuition for all full-time students by $10,000 to make college more affordable.

The tuition will cost $27,500, will take effect this academic year.

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