Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Response to College Senate Recommendations: Student Fees
At its March 8, 2013, meeting, the College Senate voted to recommend to the president that there be no ($0) increase in the student Technology and Athletic fees for the 2013–2014 academic year.
At its April 12, 2013, meeting, the College Senate voted to recommend to the president the following actions on the student Transportation and Health fees for the 2013–2014 academic year:
Buffalo State is second lowest in broad-based fees among the 12 SUNY comprehensive colleges, eight technology colleges, and four research centers. Our current broad-based fees of $1,124 are $1,145 lower than the $2,269 charged by the University at Buffalo for 2012–2013. Empire State College and the special schools, such as SUNY Upstate and Downstate Medical Centers, charge differently than other comprehensives and technology colleges and research centers, so it would not be valid to include them in this comparison.
Six broad-based fees are under consideration. Three fees, the College Fee, the Activity Fee, and the Technology Fee, will not be increased for 2013–2014.
Three fees will be increased, and some clarification is in order.
The Athletic Fee will be increased $5.50 for an academic year (2.0%). I note that significant student feedback supports the fee increase. A suggestion to move salaries to general fund lines to reduce benefit costs has been made. Careful review of this proposal is necessary for at least two reasons: