Prior to June 2003, SUNY policy directed each University to charge up to $5 per official academic transcript and to forward one-half of the transcript fees to SUNY Administration.
In June 2003, SUNY Administration provided each campus the option of continuing to charge on a per transcript basis or to charge up to $5 per semester transcript fee to all enrolled students. Those provisions also contained a $60 lifetime transcript fee cap per student, per institution. (After 12 semesters of paying the $5 fee at the University of Buffalo, regardless of career, students will no longer be charged.) The $5 per semester Transcript Fee allows students to request and receive as many official transcripts as they would like without additional charges.
In December 2003, the $5 per semester Transcript Fee was approved as an addition to the Comprehensive fee. This approval was granted after full consultation with students. All University at Buffalo students have been charged this Transcript Fee since the Spring 2004 semester.
The SUNY Fee Policy, including provisions for the Academic Transcript Fee, was again 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 at this time.
The University at Buffalo is still required to send SUNY Administration one-half of this per semester Transcript Fee.