Transcript Fee

The $5 per semester Transcript Fee allows students to request and receive as many official transcripts as they would like without additional charges.

The $5 per semester Transcript Fee (with a $60 lifetime transcript fee cap) allows students who attended after the semesterly fee was established in 2003 to request and receive as many official transcripts as they would like without additional charges. The SUNY Fee Policy, including provisions for the Academic Transcript Fee, was revised in September 2011, allowing campuses to increase the per transcript or per semester charge to $10 (inclusive of any 3rd party or vendor charges associated with automated or on-line transcript services) with a $120 lifetime transcript fee cap per student, per institution. UB has chosen to remain at the $5 rate (and $60 lifetime cap) at this time. The University at Buffalo is still required to send SUNY Administration one-half of this per semester Transcript Fee.

Beginning September 2018, University at Buffalo implemented various transcript ordering and processing services through Credentials Solutions. Current students and alumni can elect to pay an expedited transcript fee to order an expedited electronic or paper transcript. With the implementation of Credentials Solutions, students whose most recent UB registration was prior to 2003 (who have not paid the semesterly fee) must utilize transcript ordering through Credentials Solutions and pay the expedited transcript fee.

Student Benefits and Impacts

The $5 per semester Transcript Fee is added to the current student comprehensive fees and billed once each semester. Students do not have to make subsequent cash, check, or credit card payments for each transcript request, unless electing to pay the expedited transcript fee and ordering an expedited transcript through Credentials Solutions with a valid credit card payment. This streamlines the transcript request process for students and staff in 1Capen, the Office of the Registrar, and the Schools of Law, Medicine, and Dental Medicine.

The average undergraduate student currently requests four or five official transcripts during his/her undergraduate career, but students in certain academic disciplines (both undergraduate and graduate) request over 30 transcripts during their academic careers. For these students, the $5 per semester cost is a significant savings. The $60 lifetime Transcript Fee cap also provides a savings for students who continue at UB for more than one degree program.

Student Access

Students who attended UB 2003 - present can request an official transcript by completing the Transcript Request Form and following the instructions. Forms can be faxed to this office 24 hours a day, seven days a week, mailed, or returned in person to 1Capen during regular business hours. Staff process transcript requests during regular business hours with a 7-10 day turn around.

Students who would like to place a transcript order online, or those who would like to request an electronic transcript, and those who seek rush processing may utilize Credentials Solutions and pay the expedited transcript fee. If students would prefer not to utilize the online order form, Credentials Solutions will accept student orders over the phone at an additional cost. 

Any student, whether current, former or alumni can request an official transcript at 1Capen during regular business hours.

Actual Expenditures

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Transcript Services: $158,940

Provides unlimited official transcripts to students, alumni, and those who left UB without obtaining a degree.

Fast Facts

  • Improve timeliness of transcript processing
  • Simplifies the transcript process
  • More economical for those who request multiple transcripts

Fee Contact

1Capen – Capen Hall
Monday – Friday; 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be charged for six years’ worth of the Transcript Fee if I will be enrolled for only one more year?

Students will only be charged the Transcript Fee for the semesters they attend, up to 12 semesters.

How was the rate determined?

This rate allows for a revenue neutral proposal that covers only our processing and service costs as determined by a cost analysis.

Will current alumni get transcripts for free?

Alumni that attended the University at Buffalo after 2003 will not be charged for transcripts unless electing to order through Credentials Solutions.  Effective September 2018, students whose entire enrollment at UB was prior to 2003 (who did not pay the semesterly fee) must utilize Credentials Solutions and pay for a paper or electronic transcript. All alumni may obtain a paper transcript in-person at the walk-up center in 1Capen at no additional charge.