Differential Tuition: Questions and Answers

What is a Differential Tuition?

A Differential Tuition is a tuition rate for students in some degree programs that is higher than the general tuition rate set for CUNY students. The purpose of a Differential Tuition is to cover special costs and support special investments for a specific degree program.  According to New York State law covering CUNY, Differential Tuition can be imposed only when all “like” degree programs in the University agree to it.  So for example, the Social Work degrees at CUNY agreed last year to implement a Differential Tuition (approved by the Board of Trustees on November 22, 2010).

At John Jay College, the only degree that qualifies for a Differential Tuition is the Master of Public Administration degree.   On June 27th, 2011, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved a Differential Tuition for CUNY MPA programs effective for Fall 2011.

Tuition Changes and New Benefits

Tuition changes and new benefits for MPA students are on the way.

Tuition Changes

  • On June 27th, the CUNY Board of Trustees passed a 15% tuition increase this June for all CUNY MPA programs effective Fall 2011. See the related article in this issue that provides questions and answers about the Differential Tuition
  • Tuition relief will be available in the form of special scholarships.  File a free financial aid form immediately to establish eligibility for a scholarship.  The FAFSA application is available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/#

Immediate benefits for MPA students:

  • No textbook purchases will be needed for many MPA courses

Future benefits for MPA students:

  • Improved  career services
  • Enhancement  of  academic advisement services

Northeast Public Administration Conference at JJC in October


The 2011 Conference of the Northeast Association for Public Administration will take place on  Friday, October 28 and Saturday October 29, 2011 at John Jay College – in our new building. The program Chair is JJCCJ Professor Jeanne-Marie Col.


Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting

The educational goal of the Advanced Certificate program is to prepare students for professional careers in accounting with special focus on the investigation of fraud. The curriculum is designed to meet the content standards of the Association of Inspectors General and the coursework requirements of CPA 150.

Admissions and Curriculum Summary

The Advanced Certificate Program is articulated with the Inspector General track of the Master of Public Administration program. The following is a summary of the curriculum and requirements:

  • To be admitted to the Advanced Certificate Program, students must have completed 15 credits of coursework in the MPA Program with an average of 3.2 or better.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or the equivalent from an accredited college or university, including 24 undergraduate credits in accounting and 18 undergraduate credits in general business electives.
  • Within the Certificate program, 4 courses are required that focus on accounting with an emphasis of forensic accounting aspects of professional practice.
  • Two of the above courses from the certificate program may be transferred to satisfy requirements in the Inspector General track of the Master of Public Administration Program.
  • Students must complete the Fiscal Policy Analysis and Oversight Concentration of the MPA Program including several courses that are pre-requisites or co-requisites to the certificate program.
  • Each student who is admitted to the Advanced Certificate Program must provide an Official Program of Study, signed by the MPA Inspector General Program Director, the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting Director, and the Director of Graduate Admissions, specifying the student’s program requirements, and specifying how the student’s course of study satisfies the CPA 150 requirements.

Students completing the Advanced Certificate program will have achieved, based on required certificate courses along with required prerequisite and co-requisite courses, the required accounting academic qualifications for admission to the CPA examinations in New York State.