General University Service Fee Policy Revised

UB Seal on Crosby Hall.

Published January 21, 2022

The university has revised the General University Service Fee Policy. The revised policy has been approved and signed by President Tripathi, and is available in the University Policy Library



The General University Service Fee (GUSF) is assessed on all funds generated through the use of university faculty or staff time or use of university facilities as outlined in the Disclosure of All Funds Policy. GUSF is a flat rate fee charged on external revenue deposited into Income Fund Reimbursable (IFR), State University Tuition Reimbursable Accounts (SUTRA), University at Buffalo Foundation (UBF), Research Foundation (RF), and Campus Dining and Shops (CDS) accounts. Transfers of revenue between funding sources are not assessed GUSF.

Policy Revisions

The policy was updated to:

  • Specify that GUSF is assessed on SUTRA; added subsequent to Presidential signature with no material change to the policy
  • Remove the reference to UBF when a Facility and Administrative (F&A) fee is assessed; UBF no longer accepts resources for Sponsored Projects
  • Exclude revenues and transfers by recognized student organizations from GUSF
  • Add a definition for Recognized Student Organization


This policy applies to external revenue deposited to IFR, SUTRA, UBF, RF, and CDS accounts.


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