Broad-Based Fees

Broad-based fees for institutions within the State University of New York (SUNY) 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.  Buffalo State's broad-based fees include:

  1. Athletics Fee, which supports intercollegiate athletic activities
  2. College Fee, which support Buffalo State's operations
  3. Health Fee, which provides basic medical assistance to students via the Weigel Health Center
  4. Technology Fee, which provides enhancements to campus technology for students
  5. Transportation Fee, which funds Buffalo State's NFTA Metro Pass Program

Broad-based fees are intended to work in concert with SUNY's rational tuition plan, providing students and their families with information that will help them to plan for the costs of college.  SUNY's expectations for campuses include:

  1. Student consultation through open forums
  2. Annual increases limited to 3%, to cover mandatory costs, expansion of existing services, provision of new services or upgrades to equipment. The fee base used to calculate the 3% cap encompasses all-broad-based fees, including the student activity fee.
  3. A rolling five-year plan for broad-based fees

SUNY's Policy on Fees, Rentals and Other Charges provides system-level information regarding broad-based fees.  Buffalo State's Comprehensive Broad-Based Fee Policy describes the process for establishing fees at this institution.

Buffalo State's current broad-based fees are provided here:

      Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 Broad-Based Fees

Full-Time Students, Fall 2014 & Spring 2015
Part-Time Students, Per Credit Hour Per Semester
Applies to Undergraduate Students
Applies to Graduate Students
Athletics Fee




College Fee





Health Fee





Technology Fee





Transportation Fee









Other Fees

These fees are additional to the broad-based fees listed above:

  • The student activity fee supports programs that benefit Buffalo State students, including programs for cultural and educational enrichment and recreational and social activities.  A student-body referendum, held every two years, determines whether student activity programs will be supported by either voluntary or mandatory student fees.

  • A mandatory graduate student fee helps to support research and scholarship, participation in professional organizations, travel expenses for professional purposes, and professional development opportunities.

At Buffalo State

Buffalo State's Office of Student Accounts manages the collection of tuition and fees for the campus.

Fee waivers are granted for Buffalo State students who meet one of these three conditions:

  1. Those who are enrolled in study-abroad
  2. Those who reside outside of Erie and Niagara counties and are  enrolled exclusively in on-line courses that never meet on campus
  3. Those who reside outside of Erie and Niagara counties and are enrolled exclusively in other types of classes that never meet on campus

Fee waivers are not automatic.  Student seeking fee waivers must apply for them.

In accordance with SUNY policy, Buffalo State provides for participatory student involvement in the broad-based fee decision-making process, hosting forums for discussion and opportunities for questions and answers.