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Per credit costs for some of NYC's most popular programs

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Summer is approaching and, with it, oftentimes a less rigorous workload at the office. Professionals may consider the summer an ideal time to start a new class or hobby.

Summer classes offer professionals the opportunity to delve deeper into a specific topic, obtain useful training certificates, boost future graduate school applications, fulfill classes they hadn't taken previously, or continue their education and development.

While a fully enrolled student may secure financial aid based on income or need, working professionals are not always so fortunate. Below is a quick guide on per credit costs for popular educational schools and programs, ranked least to most costly.

Online Classes

Sophia Learning Center
Sophia's online learning approach offers students the ability to take self-paced online classes and earn ACE CREDIT. ACE CREDIT gives workers academic credit for formal courses taken outside of a degree program. Just make sure your college or university accepts ACE CREDIT.
Cost per credit: $110
Pro: Cost-effective, no textbooks or lab fees
Con: No in-person instruction; requires self-discipline and direction

StraighterLine
StraighterLine partners with career-focused universities to offer first and second year college goers online courses that count towards their degree. All courses are ACE CREDIT certified, with over 50+ Partner Colleges.
Cost per credit: $16 to $43, plus $99 monthly membership fee
Pro: Convenient; cost effective
Con: Limited choices of Partner Colleges

In-Person Classes

City University of New York (CUNY)
The CUNY system is comprised of 23 public colleges and universities, from senior colleges to community colleges to graduate and professional schools. Some of the most popular are below.

Baruch College
Non-degree students: $360 per credit cost for New York State residents
$760 per credit cost for out-of-state and foreign/visiting residents
Pro: in person instruction, campus conveniently located in Gramercy
Con: Academic/student fees not included

The City College of New York
Non-degree students: $360 per credit cost for New York State residents
$760 per credit cost for out-of-state and foreign/visiting residents
Pro: Beautiful, historic campus located in Upper Manhattan
Con: May be difficult to get to for downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island dwellers; classes may include undergraduate students

CUNY School of Professional Studies
Non-degree students: $360 per credit cost for New York State residents
$760 per credit cost for out-of-state and foreign/visiting residents
Pro: School focused on teaching and training of working professionals; more evening/weekend classes
Con: Fewer non-degree programs offered

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Non-degree students: $360 to $380 per credit cost for New York State residents
$760 to $800 per credit cost for out-of-state and foreign/visiting residents
Pro: More specialized, justice education
Con: Largely undergraduate students attend

Hunter College
Non-degree students: $493-$476 per credit cost for NYS resident
$893 per credit cost for out-of-state and foreign/visiting residents
Pro: Convenient campus location
Con: Priced higher than other CUNY schools

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