University at Buffalo The State University of New York
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Tuition Investments for Academic Excellence

The University at Buffalo offers students an excellent education at a cost that is more affordable than most other major research universities.

From 2011-2016, SUNY and CUNY campuses followed a predictable tuition plan implemented by the State of New York. The plan limited tuition increases for full-time in-state undergraduates to $300 per year for five years, replacing an era of sudden tuition increases with a system that was predictable. In addition, the plan enabled the University at Buffalo to raise additional revenues that directly benefit students through the Academic Excellence and Success fee. Approval of the fee and annual out-of-state tuition amounts is dependent upon an annual review of the university’s plan for improving the educational experience for students.  This agreement made costs transparent and enabled UB to plan for the outstanding educational experience that our students expect and that we wish to deliver.  The University at Buffalo believes providing a predictable tuition plan again can greatly assist students and families with their financial planning. 

UB supports extended library hours, a university wide writing center, digital access to textbooks, enhanced classrooms and labs, and the continuation of the Finish in Four program — a program that provides a proactive plan to ensure graduation in four years, thereby reducing costs to students and their families.  An extension of the predictable tuition program would enable UB to build on the momentum of the first five years of NYSUNY2020 by continuing to invest in students’ education through hiring more faculty, continued investment in need-based financial aid for students, providing a schedule of predictable tuition increases, and investing in experiential learning programs within UB’s new Gen Ed curriculum. 

Providing access to higher education is an important mission for SUNY. Part of the revenue from tuition increases is used to provide financial aid for lower-income families through the New York State Tuition Assistance Program. In addition, the university supports a generous merit and need-based aid program which provides significant scholarship funds to incoming freshmen.

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.

Last updated: March 06, 2017 9:40 am EST