Tuition and Fees

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The University at Buffalo offers students an excellent education at a cost that is more affordable than most other major research universities.

Tuition and Fees by Semester

Charges by Student Status

Matriculated Student

A matriculated student is charged tuition at the rate of his or her program for all courses in which he or she is enrolled, regardless of course level and regardless of whether or not any course is to be included in his or her degree program.

Non-Matriculated

A non-matriculated student is charged tuition at the rate applicable to each course as determined by the course level. If a student is matriculated at the University but is taking a course as a non-matriculated student, the student will be charged as a matriculated student.

Visiting Student

A visiting student is matriculated in a degree program at another campus of State University, is charged tuition according to his or her classification (undergraduate, graduate, for example) at his or her home campus. Admission as a matriculated student supersedes admission as a non-matriculated student.

Tuition Investments for Academic Excellence

The University at Buffalo offers students an excellent education at a cost that is more affordable than most other major research universities. UB strives to remain as one of the nation’s best values in higher education and will continue to be a major public university and the premier public institution in the Northeast with continued student support.

From 2011-2016, SUNY and CUNY campuses followed a predictable tuition plan implemented by the State of New York. The plan limited tuition increases for full-time in-state undergraduates to $300 per year for five years, replacing an era of sudden tuition increases with a system that was predictable. In addition, the plan enabled the University at Buffalo to raise additional revenues that directly benefit students through the Academic Excellence and Success fee. Approval of the fee and annual out-of-state tuition amounts is dependent upon an annual review of the university’s plan for improving the educational experience for students. This agreement made costs transparent and enabled UB to plan for the outstanding educational experience that our students expect and that we wish to deliver. The University at Buffalo believes providing a predictable tuition plan again can greatly assist students and families with their financial planning. 

UB supports extended library hours, a university wide writing center, digital access to textbooks, enhanced classrooms and labs, and the continuation of the Finish in Four program — a program that provides a proactive plan to ensure graduation in four years, thereby reducing costs to students and their families. An extension of the predictable tuition program would enable UB to build on the momentum of the first five years of NYSUNY2020 by continuing to invest in students’ education through hiring more faculty, continued investment in need-based financial aid for students, providing a schedule of predictable tuition increases, and investing in experiential learning programs within UB’s new Gen Ed curriculum. 

Providing access to higher education is an important mission for SUNY. Part of the revenue from tuition increases is used to provide financial aid for lower-income families through the New York State Tuition Assistance Program. In addition, the university supports a generous merit and need-based aid program which provides significant scholarship funds to incoming freshmen.

UB strives to remain as one of the nation’s best values in higher education and will continue to be a major public university and the premier public institution in the Northeast with continued student support.