University at Buffalo The State University of New York

Broad-based Fees Consultation Process for 2017-2018

February 10, 2017

Dear UB Students and Student Leaders:

In an effort to provide for student consultation and to assist you in planning for the next few years, the University is now providing a five-year Broad-based Fee plan, including anticipated student fee rates for 2017/18 through 2021/22.

SUNY is again permitting campuses to take into consideration additional costs beyond the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI) rate to cover extraordinary increases for specific fees due to compelling reasons. Fee increases are to be used to fund state-mandated costs (collective bargaining, negotiated contractual increases, increased fringe benefits, and minimum wage increases).

To continue to offer programs and services that our UB students need and expect in the current State, SUNY and UB budget climate, a 2.00% increase to the Comprehensive Fee has been proposed for 2017/18.  The proposed increase would support state-mandated increases in salaries, minimum wage, fringe benefits, costs as a result of inflationary increases, increased technology and library costs and services, continued support for the bus contract, and central academic investments.  Further details on the plan are below and also available at: /broadbasedfees.php

Comprehensive Fee: 5-Year Broad-Based Fee Plan
Fee 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
UG GR UG GR UG GR UG GR UG GR
Athletics $10.00 $0.00 $10.00 $0.00 $10.00 $0.00 $10.00 $0.00 $11.00 $0.00
Campus
Life
$5.00 $5.00 $4.50 $4.50 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00 $5.00
Health $7.00 $7.00 $9.00 $9.00 $8.00 $8.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00 $9.00
Recreation $8.00 $0.00 $1.00 $0.00 $1.00 $0.00 $1.00 $0.00 $1.00 $0.00
Tech-
nology
$15.50 $15.50 $16.00 $16.00 $16.50 $16.50 $16.50 $16.50 $16.50 $16.50
Trans-portation $9.00 $9.00 $11.00 $11.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.00 $10.50 $10.50
 
Total Increase (annual) $54.50 $36.50 $51.50 $40.50 $50.50 $39.50 $51.50 $40.50 $53.00 $41.00
Current
Rate
(annual
cum-
ulative)
$2,519.00 $1,974.00 $2,573.50 $2,010.50 $2,625.00 $2,051.00 $2,675.50 $2,090.50 $2,727.00 $2,131.00
 
Proposed Rate (annual
cum-
ulative)
$2,573.50 $2,010.50 $$2,625.00 $2,051.00 $2,675.50 $2,090.50 $2,727.00 $2,131.00 $2,780.00 $2,172.00
 
Academic Excellence
and
Success
Fee
$100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00

The Comprehensive Fee components include support for the following:  intercollegiate athletics (undergraduates only), recreation (undergraduates only), campus life, college fee, student health, technology, transportation, and transcript.  Fees continue to be prorated on a per credit-hour basis for part-time students (with the exception of the Transcript Fee), and the current waiver policy will be maintained.

Campus Life increases will support anticipated state mandated negotiated salary and benefit increases, as well as other contractual obligations including mandated NYS minimum wage increases.

Health Services increases will support anticipated state mandated negotiated salary and benefit increases for personnel funded through the Health Fee, as well as inflationary increases and minimum wage increases.

Intercollegiate Athletics (undergraduate only) increases will support operational cost increases and FLSA salary increases.

Recreation (undergraduate only) increases will support operational cost increases, FLSA salary increases, and additional equipment and programming needs.

Technology increases will provide access to vital scholarly information resources and technology that support the learning and research needs of UB students, as well as inflation for Information Technology contractual increases for campus wide software and hardware licenses.

Transportation increases will support anticipated state mandated negotiated salary increases for personnel funded through the Transportation Fee, as well as fringe and minimum wage increases and support for the bus contract.

Included within Broad-based Fees is the Academic Excellence and Success Fee, which supports building and enhancing academic and student success programs. This includes upgrading classroom facilities, support for the Center for Excellence in Writing, strategic enrollment management and strategic initiatives such as the Heart of the Campus.

Final UB recommendations for the five-year Broad-based Fee plan will be made after student consultation has closed. The student consultation process is based on recommendations developed by the State University of New York (SUNY).

More information on UB’s student Broad-based Fees, proposed increases, and the waiver process, is available at /broadbasedfees.php.

Several opportunities for student comment have also been established. Student and student leader comments on the proposed broad-based fee adjustments are encouraged via email (ubstudentaccounts@buffalo.edu) through February 24, 2017. Additional feedback may be provided to the representatives from the areas supported by student fees and by Facebook through Friday, February 24, 2017. Details can be found on the Broad-based Fee website and will follow in upcoming Spectrum ads. In addition, we will conduct an assessment of student fee interests and concerns via the My Opinion survey which can be accessed through MyUB. The results will be shared via the Broad-based Fee website.

Broad-based Fee adjustments, if adopted, would be reflected in Student Account statements distributed to all returning and new students in mid-July. UB strives to remain as one of the nation’s best values in higher education and will continue to be a major public university and the premier public institution in the Northeast with continued student support.

Sincerely,

Charles F. Zukoski
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

A. Scott Weber
Vice President for Student Life

xc:

Satish K. Tripathi, President
J. Brice Bible, Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Laura E. Hubbard, Vice President for Finance and Administration
H. Austin Booth, Vice Provost for University Libraries
Lee H. Melvin, Vice Provost for Enrollment
Laura J. Barnum, Associate Vice President, Resource Planning
Craig Abbey, Associate Vice Provost and Director of Institutional Research, Office of Institutional Analysis
Christina Hernandez, Associate Vice President for Administration and Planning, Student Life
Barbara J. Ricotta, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Beth Corry, Associate Vice President and Controller, Business Services
Susan M. Snyder, Director of Health Services, Student Health & Wellness
Thomas R. Tiberi, Director, Student Life
Maria Wallace, Director, Parking and Transportation Services
Allen Greene, Director of Athletics
Ashley Kravitz, Resource Analyst, Resource Planning
Joseph Lewandowski, Resource Analyst, Resource Planning
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Last updated: August 29, 2017 1:11 pm EST