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state schools vary pretty widely. my state is like yours, difference is less than 10k per year. however some lucky ducks, like in texas and NC, pay peanuts at state schools. the people talking about cheap state schools are probably not talking about new york.
 

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Am I missing something? I decided to compare Downstate and MSSM.

Downstate: http://sls.downstate.edu/financialaid/costCOM.html
The average cost per year for a state resident living on campus seems to be around 45k/year when it all comes together.

MSSM: http://www.mssm.edu/bulletin/faq/faq.htm#j
Cost is 51k/year.

Everyone stresses out comparing AECOM/MSSM/NYU/wherever to Downstate all the time, and someone always posts "oh but you save money with the state school," but how is this even true?

From what you've posted, unless I'm misreading it, tuition at the SUNY is under $20k a year, while at MSSM is $33k. So that's not the biggest differential in the world, but it's not nothing. Cost of living in that location makes the other costs higher thoug, closing the gap. As the prior poster mentioned in many, perhaps most state schools, the differential is going to be more drastic. Location determines how low the non-tuition costs will go, because the school still has to cover certain expenses.
 
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Am I missing something? I decided to compare Downstate and MSSM.

Downstate: http://sls.downstate.edu/financialaid/costCOM.html
The average cost per year for a state resident living on campus seems to be around 45k/year when it all comes together.

MSSM: http://www.mssm.edu/bulletin/faq/faq.htm#j
Cost is 51k/year.

Everyone stresses out comparing AECOM/MSSM/NYU/wherever to Downstate all the time, and someone always posts "oh but you save money with the state school," but how is this even true?
To complicate things, private schools sometimes give students more grant money than public schools do. It's difficult to say in advance which school would be cheaper for YOU until you get your financial aid packages.
 

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Umm, the Downstate figures there include an 8K+ "miscellaneous" amount. You don't pay that to Downstate, they're just estimating random money you'll end up spending for whatever you feel like.

The Mount Sinai #'s you're quoting don't have that # thrown in there, so if you want a fair comparison you should include a miscellaneous charge too, or drop it from the Downstate figure. Keep in mind that the miscellaneous charge includes Downstate's health insurance estimate, so you should at least keep that portion in.

Downstate comes to $40395 if you strip the miscellaneous charges down to just the health insurance charge that Mount Sinai's includes.

And umm, nobody ever said the total difference would be INSANE or anything, lol. It's cheaper, but it's not supremely insanely cheaper.

Also, comparing Downstate to a much more highly ranked school doesn't really make that much sense, lol. If you compare Downstate to say, NYMC, you'll see that the savings makes a lot more sense, since not only is NYMC more expensive than Mount Sinai, it's not neccessarily a better school.

I'll be honest too, if I got into Mount Sinai I'd pay the extra $11K a year, lol.
 
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