AMHERST, NY ( Business First ) The University at Buffalo has backed away from a plan to retroactively collect additional tuition dollars from its students.
The policy change stems from clarification by State University of New York officials who told UB "it was too late in the semester" to request more money from students, UB spokesperson John Della Contrada said.
A week ago, UB announced that it would bill approximately 2,300 undergraduate out-of-state and international students another $670 for the nearly-complete fall 2011 semester. It also planned to collect $37.50 from all students in new fees.
The charges, which amount to a 10 percent annual increase in tuition for non-resident students and a new $75 student fee on all undergraduates, are part of UB's formal receipt last week of $35 million in state funding it plans to use toward the $375 million relocation of its medical school. The fees were supposed to be posted on a bill dated Jan. 30, 2012 and due Feb. 21, 2012, at the same time spring 2012 tuition and fees are due.
UB sent another letter to students this week, explaining that it would not implement the new charges until the spring semester. It also posted an update FAQ section for students and families, which can be found here.
Earlier this fall, UB charged non-resident students 7 percent more for the current semester, but later refunded the money when it realized it needed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's official approval of the state funding before it could raise tuition. Cuomo was in town Dec. 13 to formally approve the $35 million in state funding.