Take your Year Up experience
further with a college degree

As a current or past Year Up student, you possess the motivation, skills and training to succeed in the workplace and in college. Take what you’ve learned and pursue a degree from Empire State College.

SUNY Empire State College has partnered with Year Up to provide an innovative program that paves the way for current and past Year Up New York students to realize their full potential by earning an associate or bachelor’s degree from an accredited SUNY college.

Why study at Empire State College?


You can study online, face-to-face at one of our metropolitan New York locations, or a combination of both. Empire State College offers convenient ways to get your degree.


You can design a concentration that matters to you and meets the standards of a SUNY degree. Your concentration can be creative or traditional within 12 broad areas of study:

  • The Arts
  • Business, Management and Economics
  • Community and Human Services
  • Cultural Studies
  • Educational Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • Human Development
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Labor Studies
  • Public Affairs
  • Science, Mathematics and Technology
  • Social Science.

Credit for Qualified Prior Learning

You may transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges to a degree at Empire State College. You may also be eligible to earn credit for qualified prior learning gained from work and life experience.

Applicants who have completed the Year Up New York academic program may have transcript credit from Pace University’s portfolio evaluation showing prior learning for the following:

  • Prior learning assessment (2 credits)
  • Intro to computer applications (3 credits)
  • Business writing (2 credits)
  • Computer and Network Support I and II (6 credits)
  • Computer Networking and Support Internship (3 credits)


Undergraduate tuition is only $245 per credit for New York state residents. Tuition is subject to change pending action by the SUNY Board of Trustees; mandatory student fees apply.

In addition, many students are eligible for financial aid in the form of scholarships, loans, grants or employer tuition benefits.


Your degree comes from an accredited SUNY college. Founded in 1971, Empire State College was the first public nontraditional higher education institution to be accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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