Glossary

Activity Fee

Mandatory fee determined by the student’s respective division (Undergraduate SA, Graduate, Graduate Management, Medical, Dental, Law School). The fee provides support for student organization programs and activities for all divisions of the university and is a part of the tuition and fee structure.

Attorney General

The legal representative for the State of New York on accounts that the university has been unsuccessful in collecting. The New York State Attorney General collects by serving a summons and taking the debtor to court for judgment.

Broad-based Fees

The broad-based fees include the Comprehensive Fee and the Academic Excellence and Success Fee. These fees are generally charged to all enrolled students to finance discrete activities that benefit the student body, excluding those activities that are part of the core instructional program.

Collection Agency

Delinquent accounts are sent to a collection agency. Unpaid bills which reach this stage may negatively affect your credit rating, and may be subject to additional fees or service charges under section 18 of the state finance law.

Comprehensive Fee

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 requirements.

Delinquent

To be overdue in payments on a student loan or student account.

Disbursement

Payment of funds to either the school or student.

ePay

You can use ePay to process your tuition and/or housing deposit online. The University at Buffalo will accept credit card payments from Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. ePay is available 24 hours, 7 days a week. It is closed on Monday mornings from 2-5 a.m. EST for maintenance.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

The Financial Aid office establishes standard student budgets as a basis for awarding financial aid funds. The basis for awarding financial aid funds is the cost of attendance (COA). The cost of attendance, also referred to as the budget, reflects typical expense patterns of University at Buffalo students based on research conducted by the Financial Aid Office in conjunction with the academic divisions. While actual expenses will vary based on lifestyle, the estimated costs listed should assist you in planning your own budget. The estimated budgets represent an assumed typical enrollment for students within each program for an academic year (fall and spring). The estimated budget is made up of direct costs and indirect costs.

  • Direct costs are charges that will be billed to you via eBill through the Student Accounts Office. The charges include tuition, fees, and housing charges for on-campus residents. Indirect costs are calculations of other educational expenses students typically incur while attending school, but are not billed by the university.
  • Indirect costs include off-campus housing and board, books and supplies, loan origination fees, and personal and transportation allowances.

Late Fees

Fees charged for late registration and late payments. The first late fee of the term is called an administrative fee.

Payment Plan

Payment method designed to assist those students and their families who may find it difficult to pay the total semester bill by the first day of classes. The Payment Plan divides the semester charges into a maximum of (4) convenient installments.

QuikPAY

The University at Buffalo partners with Nelnet Campus Commerce for our online services.  QuikPAY is a service where you can view your eBill, account activity, make payment.

Refund Check

Money paid to you by Student Accounts for overpayment of your account.

Returned Check/eCheck

Checks or eChecks received as payment on an account which do not clear the bank. A $20.00 service charge is assessed and a late fee may be assessed in these cases.

Service Indicator

A hold which may prevent students from registering for classes, receiving grades or transcripts. Students may have service indicators placed by various offices on campus for outstanding financial obligations or for failing to submit required documents requested by the university.

Tuition Bill

The University at Buffalo does not send out paper tuition bills. Students will receive an electronic billing statement (eBill) showing current charges, anticipated aid, disbursed aid, and payments or credits. The eBill notification is sent to the student’s UB email address.