ECC Earns Place Among Country’s Most Affordable Colleges

June 29, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM EDT

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ECC Earns Place Among Country’s Most Affordable Colleges

June 29, 2013 Updated Jun 29, 2013 at 2:59 PM EDT

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.”