Exploring State Systems: SUNY

On the latest episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, host Beth Heaton welcomed guests to talk about both the SUNY (State University New York) system and to answer our listener’s questions.

SUNY System

First, Beth welcomed College Coach educator Lisa Albro to explore the public universities in the state of New York. The SUNY system represents a wide-variety of universities, which Lisa broke down for our listeners and highlighted particular strengths of a few of the more widely-known campuses. Beth and Lisa explored SUNY tuition policies, highlighting the different costs for in-state and out-of-state students. And both Beth and Lisa declared the SUNY website a great resource for students interested in these campuses.

Listener Questions

Next, Beth welcomed College Coach finance educator Kathy Ruby to answer the questions on our listener’s minds.

Admission Questions

  • Is one low subject score the reason my student was deferred from Penn?
  • Is there an advantage to taking both the SAT and ACT?
  • What is the one key thing selective colleges are looking at?
  • How important is it to take four years of a world language in high school?
  • Can we deposit at more than one college, and is the deposit refundable?

Financial Aid Questions

  • What changes do we expect to see in terms of financial aid with the new administration?
  • What are current interest rates on federal student loans, and are they fixed?
  • When should we be applying for student and parent loans?

On the next episode of Getting In: A College Coach Conversation, Sally Ganga hosts to talk about the Texas state system, education tax breaks, and strategies for making the final decision by May 1.


Written by Kristine Sawicki
Kristine Sawicki is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Prior to joining College Coach, Kristine was an admissions officer at Stanford University and Reed College. Visit our website to learn more about Kristine Sawicki.