Comprehensive Fee Waiver Request

The Comprehensive Fee is a consolidation of campus-required fees which support several university services. The Comprehensive Fee is paid by all students at the University at Buffalo, unless they meet fee waiver eligibility.

Changes to Comprehensive Fee Waiver Eligibility Effective Fall 2020

In order to be eligible for the Comprehensive Fee Waiver, a student must be enrolled in an exclusively online degree program.  If you are taking all remote classes, you are not eligible for the fee waiver unless you are in an exclusively online degree program.

Fee Waiver Request Deadlines

Winter 2021 session: this request form will be available in mid November

Waiver requests for the fall semester were due by September 11, 2020.

Fee Waiver Eligibility Criteria

Effective fall 2020, UB will automatically waive certain fees for students who meet the following criteria.

These fees are waived for all students enrolled in exclusively online degree programs:

  • Health Fee
  • Transportation Fee
  • Campus Life Fees

These fees are waived for undergraduate students enrolled in exclusively online degree programs:

  • Recreation Fee
  • Athletic Fee

This fee is waived for students in advanced degree programs in School of Management (including MBA), School of Dental Medicine, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and School of Law:

  • Career Services Fee

Waivers will not be granted for the following fees:

  • Academic Excellence and Success Fee (ACES)
  • College Fee
  • Technology Fee
  • Transcript Fee

Those students in online academic programs that have been previously approved by the Provost’s Office and registered by the New York State Education Department are eligible for the Comprehensive Fee waiver.  These programs are in distance education format, consistent with the student’s intention to take courses exclusively online at the time of application and matriculation toward the degree.

Online Academic Programs

The following are the academic programs at UB that are available exclusively online, as of fall 2020. Students enrolled in these academic programs are eligible for Non-resident Online Tuition rates and may be eligible for some fee waivers.  

Online Academic Programs for Fall 2020
Academic Program Academic Plan
Engnr & Appl Sci Adv Cert Bridge Engineering Online CAS
Engnr & Appl Sci Masters Industrial Eng Online ME
Grad Sch of Ed Adv Cert Appld Stat Analysis Online CAS
Grad Sch of Ed Adv Cert College Teaching Online CAS
Grad Sch of Ed Adv Cert Educ Tech & New Lit-Online CAS
Grad Sch of Ed Adv Cert Gifted Ed Non-Cert CAS
Grad Sch of Ed Adv Cert Library & Information Sci CERT
Grad Sch of Ed Adv Cert Mntl Hlth Cnsling-Online CAS
Grad Sch of Ed Adv Cert Music Lrning Theory Online CAS
Grad Sch of Ed Adv Cert Online Education CAS
Grad Sch of Ed Adv Cert Rehab Counseling-Online CAS
Grad Sch of Ed Adv Cert School Business And HR Adm CAS
Grad Sch of Ed Doctoral Cur Ins & Sci of Lrn Onlne PHD
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Bio Ed: Adoles Prof Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Chem Ed Adoles Prof Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters EarthSc Ed Adol Pro Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Ed Psych & Quant Mth Online MA
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Education & Tech Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Eng Ed Adol Prof Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters English Ed Studies Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Information & Lib Sci Online
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Informtn & Lib Sci Online MS
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Literacy Ed Studies Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Literacy Specialist Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Math Ed Adoles Prof Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Math Ed Studies Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Music Ed Studies Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Music Educ: Prof Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters PhysicsEd Adol Prof Online EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Rehab Counseling - Dist Ed
Grad Sch of Ed Masters School Librarianship MS
Grad Sch of Ed Masters Science and the Public EDM
Grad Sch of Ed Masters SocStdsEd: Adol Prf Online EDM
Grad School of Ed Non Degree Library & Info Stds Non Degree
Nursing Adv Cert Family Nurse Practitioner CAS
Nursing Adv Cert Nursing Leadership CAS
Nursing Adv Cert Psychiatric/Mental Hlth NurCAS
Nursing Bachelor RN-BS Nursing BS
Nursing Bachelor RN-BS Nursing INT BS
Nursing Doctoral Adult Gerontology CNS DNP
Nursing Doctoral Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (post Master’s option only)
Nursing Doctoral Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (post Master’s option only)
Nursing Doctoral Child Health Nurse Practitioner (post Master’s option only)
Nursing Doctoral Family Nurse Practitioner (post Master’s option only)
Nursing Doctoral Nurse Anesthetist (post Master’s option only)
Nursing Doctoral Nursing PHD
Nursing Doctoral Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (post Master’s option only)
Nursing Doctoral Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (post Master’s option only)
Nursing SBSQ Bachelor RN-BS Nursing SBSQ BS
Nursing SBSQ Bachelor RN-BS Nursing SBSQ INT BS
Public Health Adv Cert Public Health Online CAS
Public Health Masters Public Health Online MPH
Social Work Masters Social Work Trad PT Online MSW
Social Work Masters Social Wrk AdvSt PT Online MSW

If you still believe you qualify for a fee waiver, submit the Comprehensive Fee Waiver Request form by the noted deadlines.

Employees of the university are not eligible for a fee waiver.

Waiver for Student Activity Fee

In order to receive a waiver of the Student Activity Fee, a student must contact the executive board of their student government to review their waiver request. In order to determine to which government you pay a Student Activity Fee towards, please refer to your billing statement.

Student Health Insurance

Waiving the Health Services Fee does not automatically waive the Student Health Insurance charge. For questions on how to waive your insurance charge, contact the Student Health Insurance Office at asksmi@buffalo.edu or visit buffalo.edu/studentlife/insurance.

Contact for Questions

Student Accounts

Business Office:

Phone: (716) 645-1800

Email: ubstudentaccounts@buffalo.edu