UB has added some features to make it easier for students and families to pay their bill, including:
Cashless Payment: For the safety of students and staff, payments will no longer be accepted in-person in 1Capen. Students are asked to pay online, through QuikPay (in your HUB Student Center). When paying online, payments are posted to the student account in real-time. There is no additional charge for payments made with a credit card, debit card or eCheck.
UB’s Payment Plan: UB enhanced its Payment Plan to include these new features:
To view your bill, log in to your HUB Student Center. Click on Billing / Payments and then click on Payment Options. You will then be brought into QuikPAY where you can click on View & Pay Accounts in the menu.
UB’s Payment Plan allows families to spread tuition and fee payments over several payments each semester. It is not a loan program and the service is provided interest-free.
UB enhanced its Payment Plan to include these new features.
Student Health Insurance is mandatory for all full-time University at Buffalo students. You will be billed automatically, however, this charge may be waived by providing proof that you are covered under an alternative plan that meets all requirements. You will receive email correspondence regarding plan benefits and waiver procedures.
We will automatically refund credit balances on your account as a result of an adjustment or overpayment of your bill. See Refunds for more infomation.
You will be considered a New York state resident and be charged in-state tuition rates when it has been determined that New York State has been your domicile (e.g. a permanent and principal home in New York State) for a 12-month period prior to the start of the semester. If you are currently being charged out-of-state tuition and feel you are a New York State resident, you may apply for New York State Residency for Tuition Purposes.
A hold is placed on your account by a department(s). A hold is used by the university to prevent student registration or release of student records, including a diploma, enrollment certification, or transcript. You can view your holds in your HUB Student Center.
The university will report to the IRS, required information about students who make a payment of qualified tuition and related expenses during a tax year. As required by law, 1098-T statements will be mailed by January 31 of the following year. If you did not pay qualified tuition and fees, you may NOT receive a 1098-T. A 1098-T form is mailed to students with a valid social security number on file. If you did not receive a 1098-T but feel like you should have one, please contact the office of Student Accounts.
The 1098-T, along with a copy of your UB billing statements, may be used by your tax preparer to determine your eligibility for a tax credit. Because each taxpayer's circumstances vary, we cannot provide tax advice or assistance related to the credit or how to claim the credit.
You can find this information in your HUB Student Center or on UB’s Student Accounts website.
UB has different tuition and fee categories: Resident, Non-resident, Resident Online, Non-resident Online. For additional information about tuition and fee rates, please visit our Student Accounts website.
SUNY clarified its policy for Non-Resident Online Tuition eligibility for all SUNY institutions to specify that this rate applies only to academic programs that are "exclusively online."
In preparation for our fall 2020 semester, UB faculty, students and staff have devoted enormous effort and significant funds to protect the health and safety of our community while continuing to provide the highest quality academic experience for our students. Countless hours of cooperative planning have resulted in many changes to UB’s course delivery, services and infrastructure in order to:
Broad-based fees are charged to all enrolled students as a condition of attendance at UB and help UB fund activities and programs that benefit the student body, excluding those activities that are part of the core instructional program.
UB relies on these fees to sustain services that are available to you, regardless of how your instruction is delivered – in-person, remote, or hybrid. In addition, the cost to the university of delivering remote instruction is higher than in-person instruction.
For 2020-21, stewards of the components of the Comprehensive Fee were asked to carefully analyze the delivery of their fee-funded programs and services, and adapt those programs to ensure they deliver equivalent benefit while also applying UB’s requirements for COVID-19 safe operations. For most fee-funded programs and services, remote alternatives will replace in-person offerings, or in-person offerings will be reconfigured to apply campus COVID safety guidelines.
Every year, UB conducts a Broad-based Fee Consultation process with our students, in accordance with SUNY Fee Policy. During this process, UB engages the student population directly regarding proposed changes to Broad-based Fee rates for the upcoming academic year and takes this feedback into consideration when submitting fee rate increase proposals to SUNY.
UB is required to submit a five-year Broad-based Fee plan annually to SUNY, that includes proposals to charge new fees and adjust existing fees. Plans may include one-time adjustments and/or multi-year adjustments to campus fees. After completing our 2020-21 Broad-based Fee Consultation process, UB provided a five-year Broad-Based Fee rate increase plan to SUNY that included anticipated fee rates for 2020-21 through 2024-25.
These fee adjustments were reviewed by the campus as part of our annual consultation process, and approved by SUNY.
For virtually all higher education institutions, the shift to emergency remote instruction increased costs for technology, operations, as well as student and faculty support (e.g. purchase of new software licenses, training, and equipment). UB has been required to spend more, not less, to provide instruction right now.
The tuition rate will remain the same for all modes of instruction: in-person, remote or hybrid.
The transition to remote course delivery, as opposed to in-person course delivery, during the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to some confusion about whether students are now eligible for UB’s non-resident online tuition rate, which is somewhat less than UB’s standard non-resident tuition rate.
Effective fall 2020, the non-resident online tuition rate will be charged to students taking courses in exclusively online academic programs that have been previously approved by the Provost’s Office and registered by the New York State Education Department. 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. Students who are non-residents whose intent is to be on campus learning, but may be studying remotely, will be charged the nonresidential rate. A list of the approved online academic programs offered at UB can be found below.
Note: New York State residents enrolled in online academic programs will be charged the tuition rate for resident students.
UB remains one of the most affordable public institutions nationwide, and a sound investment for our students. UB is among 65 research universities that comprise the elite American Association of Universities (AAU). Educating tomorrow’s visionary leaders and innovators is just one goal of the AAU. UB and its AAU peers also earn the most federal funding for research that impacts our society as a whole.
Please visit our Broad-based fees FAQ's.
A 1098-T form is automatically mailed to only those students with one of the following U.S. citizenship status on university records: native, naturalized, or permanent resident. The statement will be mailed by January 31 of the following year to your permanent address on file. In addition, you may access and print your 1098-T online through Heartland ECSI, also available by January 31.
Students without one of these three U.S. citizenship statuses or students with a non-resident alien status will not have a 1098-T automatically generated but may request one. In order for you to receive a 1098-T, you must complete a modified W-9S form (PDF) and send it along with your request for a 1098-T. The deadline to request the current tax year’s 1098-T form is July 1.
The University at Buffalo partners with Heartland ECSI to deliver the 1098-T statements. The Heartland 1098-T website is available 24/7 providing student information. It allows students to view and print their 1098-T tuition statement.
Need help logging in to Heartland ECSI? Please call 866-428-1098, Monday – Friday, 7:30am – 8:00pm EST.
There are several reasons why you may not automatically receive a 1098-T form. These reasons include the following:
*In order for you to receive a 1098-T, you must submit a modified W-9S form (PDF) and send it along with your request for a 1098T to the Office of the Registrar.
For tax years 2017 and prior, the IRS gave schools the option of choosing to report either Box 1 or Box 2. For Tax year 2017 and prior, UB chose to report Box 2, the IRS qualified charges that were assessed during the tax year. Beginning in Tax Year 2018, we are required to report Box 1 only, and not report anything in Box 2. For billing statement information with your detailed charges and payments, log into MyUB, HUB Student Center, click on Billing / Payments and then click on Payment Options.
The IRS requires schools to report only payments of qualified tuition and related expenses for the calendar year (date the payment was posted on student account). The IRS does not consider the following items to be qualified expenses: courses involving sports, games, or hobbies (unless part of a degree program), dining/meal plan charges, health insurance, disability insurance fees (even if required; excluded by statute), housing charges, late payment fees, library fines, loan processing fees, orientation fees, parking permits, parking fines, student health fees, transportation fees (if providing individual benefit).
For more information on IRS qualified tuition and related expenses, please go to IRS.gov.
You did not have any Payments of IRS qualified charges (Box 1) and/or financial aid and scholarships (Box 5) that posted during the tax year to report.
Box 5 is a total of all financial aid, scholarships, grants and third party payments per IRS instructions (IRS does not include loans) that are posted to the student’s account during the tax year. A student’s financial aid is based on their total cost of attendance, which includes costs that may not be considered qualified by the IRS for the Payments reported in Box 1.
Please note: The university cannot provide you with tax advice or assistance related to the tax credits or how to claim the credit. For assistance, please contact a tax professional or refer to the IRS.gov website.
The IRS W-9S form is your certification that your tax ID number (SSN or ITIN) is correct. To comply with Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code, you are required to provide the information on the form to the university upon request.
If I don’t have a SSN or ITIN, can I still get a 1098-T form?
You cannot receive a 1098-T form if you do not have a SSN or ITIN.
The W-9S form is your certification that your Tax ID number is correct. The IRS can impose a penalty on the educational institution for reporting a 1098T with a missing or invalid tax ID number. The university may request that the student certify that their tax ID number is valid to prevent being penalized. You are required to provide this to the university upon request.
The tuition rates for the winter session are the same as the preceding fall term.
Winter course work must be dropped according to the liability deadlines established for winter in order to avoid financial liability for tuition and fees.
Financial aid will appear as ‘anticipated’ on the student account and labeled as Spring. Only currently enrolled undergraduate University at Buffalo students may be eligible for aid for the winter session. Financial aid eligibility is based upon the combined winter and spring registration. Contact your financial aid advisor prior to registering for winter session courses.
Your spring financial aid may pay for both winter and spring charges. If your award is not enough to cover both terms, you will see a balance that remains on both the winter and spring term. Keep in mind, additional charges will reduce any anticipated refunds.
Please visit the UB Card staff at 1Capen to confirm if you are eligible to use financial aid funds in this manner.
Financial aid funds will disburse to the student’s account in late January. If there is a credit on the account, refunds will be done after the spring census date.