Fee Consultation Process

In an effort to provide for student consultation and to assist in planning for the next few years, the university is providing a five-year broad-based fee plan, including anticipated student fee rates for 2020-21 through 2024-25.

Broad-based Fees Consultation Process for 2020-21

In an effort to provide for student consultation and to assist you in planning for the next few years, the University is providing a five-year Broad-Based Fee rate increase plan, including anticipated fee rates for 2020-21 through 2024-25.

SUNY has calculated the 2019-20 maximum annual Broad-Based Fee weighted average HEPI percentage as 2.6% for 2020-21. SUNY is again permitting campuses to take into consideration additional costs beyond the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) rate to cover extraordinary increases for specific fees due to compelling reasons. Fee increases are to be used to fund state-mandated costs (collective bargaining, negotiated contractual increases, increased fringe benefits, and minimum wage increases), as well as for access to vital scholarly information resources and technology that support the learning and research needs of UB students.

SUNY is now allowing campuses to obtain preliminary approval on next year’s (2021-22) Broad-Based Fee rates to help students and their families to better plan for upcoming changes to their cost of attendance. Our request also includes the addition of a Career Services Fee.

To continue to offer programs and services that our UB students need and expect in the current State, SUNY and UB budget climate, a 2.58% increase to the existing components of the Comprehensive Fee have been proposed for 2020-21. In 2021-22, our requested comprehensive fee rate increase is 2.57%. The proposed increase would support state-mandated increases in salaries, minimum wage, fringe benefits, costs as a result of inflationary increases, increased technology and library costs and services, and central academic investments.

With the addition of the Career Services fee, our 2020-21 proposed comprehensive fee rate increase is 4.43%. The Career Services Fee will help increase career connections and opportunities for students. Revenue will be used to implement a mentoring platform and customer relationship management platform, hire a Connections Associate, increase student scholarship and stipends for professional development, and facilitate training and programming to assist students to career development early in their academic careers. Further details on the plan are below and are available at: http://www.buffalo.edu/studentaccounts/tuition-and-fees/broad-based-fees.html.

The Comprehensive Fee components include support for the following: intercollegiate athletics (undergraduates only), recreation (undergraduates only), campus life, college fee, student health, technology, transportation, and transcript. Fees continue to be prorated on a per credit-hour basis for part-time students (with the exception of the Transcript Fee), and the current waiver policy will be maintained.

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Comprehensive Fee: 5-Year Broad-Based Fee Plan
Fee 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25

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Athletics

$10.50 $0.00 $11.00 $0.00 $11.00 $0.00 $11.50 $0.00 $11.50 $0.00

Campus 
Life

$4.50 $4.50 $14.50 $14.50 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
Career Services $50.00 $50.00 $1.25 $1.25 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00 $1.00
College $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Health

$26.00 $26.00 $16.00 $16.00 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50 $9.50

Recreation

$1.00 $0.00 $1.00 $0.00 $1.00 $0.00 $1.00 $0.00 $1.00 $0.00

Tech-
nology

$18.50 $18.50 $19.00 $19.00 $18.00 $18.00 $18.50 $18.50 $18.50 $18.50

Transportation

$9.50 $9.50 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50 $10.50

Total Increase (annual)

$120.00 $108.50 $72.75 $60.75 $55.50 $43.50 $57.00 $44.50 $57.00 $44.50

Current 
Rate
(annual
cum-
ulative)

$2,710.50 $2,125.00 $2,830.50 $2,233.50 $2,903.25 $2,294.25 $2,958.75 $2,337.75 $3,015.75 $2,382.25

Proposed Rate (annual
cum-
ulative)

$2,830.50 $2,233.50 $2,903.25 $2,294.25 $2,958.75 $2,337.75 $3,015.75 $2,382.75 $3,072.75 $3,426.25

Academic Excellence
and 
Success 
Fee

$150.00 $150.00 $150.00 $150.00 $150.00 $150.00 $150.00 $150.00 $150.00 $150.00

The Comprehensive Fee components include support for the following:

  • intercollegiate athletics (undergraduates only)
  • recreation (undergraduates only)
  • career services
  • campus life
  • college fee
  • student health
  • technology
  • transportation
  • transcript

Fees continue to be prorated on a per credit-hour basis for part-time students (with the exception of the Transcript Fee), and the current waiver policy will be maintained.

Fee Plan Details

Campus Life increases will support anticipated state mandated negotiated salary and benefit increases, as well as other contractual obligations including mandated NYS minimum wage increases.

Career Services Fee will help increase career connections and opportunities for students. Revenue will be used to implement a mentoring platform and customer relationship management platform, hire a Connections Associate, increase student scholarship and stipends for professional development, and facilitate training and programming to assist students to career development early in their academic careers

Health Services increases will support strategic investments related to their increased service demands, state mandated negotiated salary and benefit increases for personnel funded through the Health Fee, as well as inflationary increases and minimum wage increases.

Intercollegiate Athletics (undergraduate only) increases will support operational cost increases.

Recreation (undergraduate only) increases will support operational costs including minimum wage increase for student payroll.

Technology increases will provide access to vital scholarly information resources and technology that support the learning and research needs of UB students, as well as minimum wage increases and inflation for Information Technology contractual increases for campus wide software and hardware licenses.

Transportation increases will support state mandated negotiated salary increases for personnel funded through the Transportation Fee, including fringe and minimum wage increases, and will support the LPR (License Plate Recognition) Project, making parking assessment more effective and efficient, and improving the efficiency of parking data collection and enforcement.

Included within Broad-Based Fees is the Academic Excellence and Success Fee, which supports building and enhancing academic and student success programs. This includes upgrading classroom facilities, support for the Center for Excellence in Writing, strategic enrollment management and strategic initiatives such as the Heart of the Campus.

Final UB recommendations for the five-year Broad-Based Fee plan will be made after student consultation has closed. The student consultation process is based on recommendations developed by the State University of New York (SUNY).

More information on UB’s student Broad-Based Fees, proposed increases, and the waiver process, is available at http://www.buffalo.edu/studentaccounts/tuition-and-fees/broad-based-fees.html.

Several opportunities for student comment have been made available. This year, student advisory groups were formed for each fee, and served as the primary avenue for student input into the developing, executing, funding and evaluating of services offered through each Broad-Based Fee. If you would like additional information about how to join a student advisory group please visit: https://www.buffalo.edu/studentaccounts/tuition-and-fees/broad-based-fees/broad-based-fee-consultation.html.

Student and student leader comments on the proposed Broad-Based Fee adjustments are encouraged via email (ubstudentaccounts@buffalo.edu) through February 28, 2020.  Additional feedback may be provided to the representatives from the areas supported by student fees and by Facebook through Friday, February 28, 2020.  Details can be found on the Broad-Based Fee website and will follow in upcoming Spectrum ads.  In addition, we will conduct an assessment of student fee interests and concerns via the My Opinion survey which can be accessed through MyUB.

Broad-Based Fee adjustments, if adopted, would be reflected in Student Account statements distributed to all returning and new students in mid-July. 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.
 

Sincerely,

 

A. Scott Weber
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Christina Hernandez
Interim Vice President for Student Life