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Tuition, Fees and Financial Assistance

Chapter V

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are due and payable by the billing date. All costs are subject to change without notice.

Matriculated graduate students pay the graduate student rate regardless of the level of the course(s) taken. Non-degree status (non-matriculated) students with a baccalaureate degree who are:

  1. taking 11 or fewer credits of undergraduate courses, will be charged the appropriate undergraduate rate; or
  2. taking 11 or fewer credits of graduate courses, will be charged the appropriate graduate rate; or
  3. taking 12 or more credits of either undergraduate or graduate or both types of courses, will be charged the appropriate undergraduate rate for the undergraduate courses, and the appropriate graduate rate for the graduate courses, with a minimum of $1,700 and a maximum of $2,550 per semester for New York resident students, and a minimum of $4,150 and a maximum of $4,208 per semester for non-resident students.

For billing purposes, certification graduate students are those non-degree status (non-matriculated) students who are seeking New York state teacher certification, but who are not enrolled in a master's degree program. This designation includes:

  1. persons who have completed baccalaureate degrees and wish to complete the additional course work required for provisional teacher certification; and
  2. persons who hold teaching certificates and wish to complete the requirements for certification in additional areas/levels of teaching.

Provisional certification graduate students pay according to the level of the course. Permanent certification graduate students pay the graduate student rate regardless of the level of course(s) taken.


Criteria NYS Out-of-State
Tuition $5,100.00 $8,416.00
Room and Board $6,200.00 $6,200.00
College fee $25.00 $25.00
BSG Fee $170.00 $170.00
Health Fee $150.00 $150.00
Technology Fee $192.00 $192.00
Books and Supplies $800.00 $800.00
Transportation $120.00 $120.00
Personal $1,176.00 $1,176.00

New York State Residents: Part Time Price
Tuition $213.00 per credit
College Fee $0.85 per credit
Brockport Student Government Fee $7.50 per credit
Health Fee $6.50 per credit
Technology Fee $8.00 per credit

Out-of-state Residents: Part Time Price
Tuition $351.00 per credit
College Fee $0.85 per credit
Brockport Student Government Fee $7.50 per credit
Health Fee $6.50 per credit
Technology Fee $8.00 per credit

Out-of-state Residents Establishing Eligibility for New York State Tuition Rates

Eligibility for New York state tuition rates is based upon the student being a permanent resident of New York state. Although being present in New York state to attend college does not make a person a permanent resident of New York state, financially independent students can establish permanent residence in New York state without any waiting period. Information on establishing eligibility for New York state tuition rates is available on the Bursar's Office Web page at Applications for New York state tuition status must be submitted prior to the start of the academic period of study to be effective for that period of study.


Breakage Fee: A non-refundable breakage fee required for certain laboratory courses.

College Fee: A mandatory fee that applies to all students, regardless of class level or degree status.

BSG Fee: A mandatory fee that applies to all students, regardless of class level or degree status.

Health Fee: A mandatory fee that constitutes a major source of support for the College's Health Service, which provides primary care to students through its out-patient clinic. Students enrolled for no courses on the SUNY Brockport campus will be automatically exempted from the fee. The fee will be waived for students taking only evening and weekend courses upon request to the Bursar's Office.

Technology Fee: A fee used to enrich the educational experience at SUNY Brockport by addressing technology needs in campus-wide computing, remote network access, public computer labs, software currency, library automation, expanded automation of student services and extended availability. It is automatically waived for overseas academic programs.

Optional Fees
Student Alumni Association Fee: A $10 per semester fee that grants membership to one of the largest organization on campus. The Student Alumni Association offers a wide range of programs and services for SUNY Brockport students. Students who pay Association fees receive a valuable coupon booklet that provides discounts from many Brockport merchants. The student Alumni Association also sponsors and co-sponsors special events on campus throughout the year. Interested students are encouraged to get involved by contacting the Division of Institutional Advancement, Office of Alumni Relations, 305 Allen Administration Building, (585) 395-2451.

Special Fees
Late-registration Fee: A required $30 fee for those students permitted to complete registration after the scheduled registration period.

Returned-checks Fee: A handling charge of up to $20 assessed for all dishonored checks. All dishonored checks returned to the Bursar's Office by the bank must be redeemed immediately in the Bursar's Office with cash, Visa or MasterCard, a money order, or a bank's cashier check.

Late-payment Fee: A $30 late-payment fee assessed to students who have not made payment by the end of the scheduled registration period.

Late-add Fee: A $15 fee assessed as part of the late add process.

Deferral of Payment and Financial Obligation

The State University of New York policy provides for the deferral payment of tuition, room, or board based on the receipt of financial aid from certain specified guaranteed sources of funding. The Financial Aid Office should be contacted, (585) 395-2501, regarding deferral of payment. Students who receive assistance from the Veterans Administration and wish to defer payment on this basis should contact the Office of Veteran Affairs, (585) 395-2315.

Students who have deferred a portion or all of their educational charges are billed by the Bursar's Office on or about the mid-point of the semester, when the deferred balance is due. Students who fail to respond to this billing have all records and services of the College blocked, and are not able to receive grades and transcripts, or register for another semester, or graduate until this financial obligation is satisfied. If the student has still not made payment at the end of the semester, his/her accounts are forwarded to the New York State Attorney General's Office or to a collection agency for collection according to SUNY policy.

The State University System Administration has authorized individual SUNY colleges to utilize private collection agencies to collect outstanding student obligations. The New York State Attorney General is also used to collect outstanding student obligations. Accounts referred for collection are subject to add-on fees, interest, and court costs as appropriate.


Students who do not comply with published tuition payment deadlines or who have other major obligations to the College may be deregisteredautomatically droppedfrom the courses for which they have registered prior to the new academic period. They may also be blocked from receiving College services such as receiving grades, official transcripts, and placement records.

Time-payment Plans

SUNY Brockport offers two payment plans designed to assist those students and their families who may find it difficult to pay the total semester bill by the first day of classes. The total semester bills are those educational costs (tuition, fees, room, and meal plan) due directly to the College that are not covered by financial aid.

The Time-payment Plans are:

  • A four-month option with scheduled payment dates of July 15, August 15, September 15, and October 15 for the fall semester and December 15, January 15, February 15, and March 15 for the spring semester. The semester processing fee for the four-month plan is $22.50.
  • A six-month plan with scheduled payment dates of June 15, July 15, August 15, September 15, October 15, and November 15 for the fall semester and December 15, January 15, February 15, March 15, April 15, and May 15 for the spring semester. The semester processing fee for the six-month plan is $35.

Late entry into either plan is possible and will require payment of the installments due at the point of entry.

Payment installments are calculated by taking the total charges, adding the appropriate processing fee of either $22.50 for the four-month plan or $35 for the six-month plan and deducting applicable financial aid awards, for example: Stafford Loan, Unsubsidized Loan, Perkins Loan, Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Pell Grant, and private scholarships. Work-study funding is not deferrable. The balance is then divided by either four or six as appropriate.

Payment will be accepted by check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover. Payment of scheduled installments is important. The College reserves the right to assess late-payment fees of $30 and/or not offer the Time-payment Plan privileges in cases where students have not paid the installments as scheduled. The late fee is assessed after the last scheduled installment.

Application of Financial Aid to Student Accounts

As aid checks arrive on campus, the Bursar will mail them to the student at the student's local address. Direct deposit to the bank account of the student's choice is also available. In some cases, the financial aid award is greater than the charges due. In these cases, when aid checks arrive at the Bursar from Albany, charges due are automatically paid. Refunds, if any, are given to the student. College policy is to make available to the student any excess financial aid from the first aid that arrives (except TAP) at the College. TAP must be applied against tuition before any excess aid is returned to the student. Any subsequent aid that arrives will be given to the student as long as his/her account is paid. Availability of financial aid checks can be determined by calling (585) 395-2600.

Note: Students receiving financial aid who drop below full time or withdraw from school may have a portion of their refund returned to the program providing the aid. Additionally, financial aid funds actually given to students may have to be repaid in accordance with federal regulations. Specific details are available in the Financial Aid Office.

Tuition Waivers

Critic Teacher Waivers
Critic teacher waivers, also referred to as B-143 waivers, may be submitted for waiver of tuition for periods of enrollment beginning with the next academic term immediately following the semester in which the service/supervising was rendered. There is no limit on the number of critic teacher waivers that a student may remit for each semester, but the amount of waivers submitted cannot exceed the total amount of tuition assessed on the student bill. Excess critic teacher waiver funds will not be refunded to the student, but will be returned to the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to fund future critic teacher waivers. These waivers are transferable to employees of the same school district and must be approved by the authorized chief administrative officer of the school district.

Supervisor of Social Work Waivers
Supervisor of social work field placement waivers, also known as A-143 waivers, have an effective remittance date beginning with the next academic period immediately following the academic period in which the service was rendered. Tuition charges may be waived up to a maximum of eight (8) semester credits per term at SUNY Brockport. These waivers are not transferable.

UUP Waivers
The United University Professionals union contract and SUNY guidelines stipulate usage of the UUP tuition waiver on a space-available basis. To ensure student access to courses at SUNY Brockport, individuals intending to use a UUP tuition waiver for payment may not register for the course until after the end of the add period designated for that course. Students (UUP employees) who pre-register for a course in which they intend to use a UUP space-available waiver will become liable for the full cost of tuition for that course. This policy is enforced at SUNY Brockport and is applicable to all UUP employees regardless of the employing campus.

Waiver of Mandatory Fees

The assessment of fees is necessary to provide students with services and benefits that cannot be funded by other means. Some fees are use-based. Parking fees, late-add/drop fees, and Student Alumni Association fees are examples of use-based fees. Other fees are assessed to provide services and benefits to all students. These fees include the College Fee, Athletic Fee, Technology Fee, Brockport Student Government Fee, and Health Fee. The College recognizes that some students have unique situations for which the assessment of a certain fee may not be appropriate. Many exceptional situations have already been programmed into the computer and the fees are not assessed for these situations. Fees are not waived for the following reasons: not wishing to pay fees; ownership of personal computer or access to the Internet at home; subscription to a health insurance plan; status as an adult or graduate student; and non-use of a particular service. For more detailed information regarding fees, please review the Understanding SUNY Brockport Fees brochure, which is mailed with student bills or available at the Bursar's Office.

Tuition and Fee Refund Policy

All tuition and fee refunds are effective on the date the schedule adjustment is recorded in the Registrar's Office. Fees are not refundable once the semester begins. Amounts of less than $5 are refunded by request only. Tuition refunds will be made only when the student's account is paid in full.

Time of Withdrawal Refund
1st Week* 100%
2nd Week 70%
3rd Week 50%
4th Week 30%
5th Week No Refund

Any petitions for refunds after the refund period must be forwarded in writing to: Chair, College Refund Committee, SUNY College at Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive, Brockport, NY, 14420. Any such petition should be made as soon as possible. No money is refunded unless petition for refund is made within one year after the end of the term for which the tuition was paid.

Alumni Association Refunds: Alumni Association refunds must be requested separately by the student to the Alumni Association directly.

College Fee Refund: The College fee is not refundable after classes have begun for the semester.

Room Refunds: From first day of classes to mid-term, withdrawals receive a 50 percent refund. After the midterm, no refunds are disbursed.

Food Service Refunds: See Food Service Contract Terms and Conditions.

* The first week of classes is defined as the first seven calendar days of the semester. Semesters that begin during the week (e.g. Wednesday) are considered to have that first week end on the following Tuesday.

Financial Assistance

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
All students who are matriculated, legal residents of New York state and are full-time or have equivalent full-time status are eligible to apply for assistance under the Tuition Assistance Program. For purposes of TAP eligibility, full time is normally defined as 12 credits. Those students who are graduate assistants, research assistants or are working on thesis research should contact the TAP Clerk in the Bursar's Office for details regarding equivalent full-time status for TAP eligibility. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for TAP. Once the FAFSA is processed, the student will be sent a preprinted Express TAP application (ETA) or notification of award. FAFSA forms are available in January for the next academic year. Awards range between $75 and $550 per year. Students must reapply each year. Students are advised that continued eligibility for TAP awards requires that students maintain Good Academic Standing. (See the Your Right to Know & Academic Policies Handbooksection entitled "Academic Standards and Financial Assistance.")

Federal Programs
To be considered for federal financial aid programs, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and must be matriculated. The FAFSA form can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office. Applications should be filed by March 15 for consideration of an award for the next academic year.

  • Federal Direct Student Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans)
    These loans are for matriculated students who are attending on at least a half-time basis (6 credits). They are low-interest loans with usually a 10-year repayment schedule. The unsubsidized version is not need based, but interest does accrue during in-school periods. Apply yearly by filing the FAFSA during the spring to ensure funds for September. No separate application is required.
  • Federal College Work-Study Program (CWSP)
    This program offers jobs to matriculated students demonstrating financial need and desire to work. Positions are available in almost every department and administrative office. Every effort is made to correlate the job with the student's interest and schedule.

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

Graduate students applying for an assistantship or fellowship must be matriculated upon entry to the College and must complete a TAP application or submit an affidavit attesting to their ineligibility. The assistant's or fellow's responsibilities require an average of 15 hours per week.

  • Graduate and Teaching Assistantships
    The primary responsibility for recommendation of candidates for Graduate and Teaching Assistantships rests with the department or program in which the GA/TA is assigned. The department or program determines required qualifications and screens applicants for the tasks to be assigned following appropriate affirmative action procedures. Recommendation for a GA/TA is made by the department/program through the Dean to the Assistant Vice President for Graduate Education and Research, who then awards the GA/TA.
    The department or program will evaluate the performance of the GA/TA at the end of the first year. The criteria for evaluation will vary according to the discipline and the tasks assigned. The department/program will recommend renewal or non-renewal for a second year. Normally the award will not exceed two years.
  • Research Assistantships
    Research assistantships are funded by grants and contracts awarded to the College from outside agencies. The responsibility for awarding research assistantships rests with the project director of the grant or contract. Stipends vary among projects and do not include a waiver of tuition. Students should contact the department in which they wish to pursue their program in order to determine the availability of such awards. br>
  • Underrepresented Minority Graduate Fellowships
    A limited number of fellowships are available to full-time, matriculated graduate students who are of African-American, Hispanic, or Native American descent. They carry a $7,500 stipend and tuition waiver equivalent to the graduate in-state rate. Applications may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Studies, (585) 395-2525.

College Scholarships and Awards
For detailed information about the full range of graduate scholarships and awards, contact the Office of Graduate Studies, (585) 395-2525, or consult the College's publication entitled Financial Assistance for Graduate Students. Information about these scholarships and awards also may appear in departmental bulletins.

Alumni Association Awards
The SUNY Brockport Alumni Association, (585) 395-2451, sponsors the following awards for graduate students:

  • Current Student Award
    Two $2,000 awards are made yearly to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who have strong scholastic achievement, co-curricular activity, community service and employment experience.
  • Graduate Award I
    One $2,000 award is made annually to a full- or part-time (minimum of six credits) matriculated transfer or current graduate student who has demonstrated scholastic achievement, co-curricular activity, community service, and employment experience.
  • Graduate Award II
    One $2,000 award is made annually to a SUNY Brockport undergraduate alumnus/a who is a full- or part-time (minimum of six credits) matriculated or non-matriculated current graduate student who has demonstrated scholastic achievement, co-curricular activity, community service, and employment experience.

Private Scholarships and Awards
The Student Aid Resource (STAR) center in the Financial Aid Office offers multi-media resources to assist students in locating private funding. Students seek these scholarships on their own and awards are made as specified by the agency offering the scholarship. Locally determined scholarships and awards are publicized. Students should have a Financial Aid Form on file in the Financial Aid Office if they want to be considered for a locally determined grant or non-monetary award that is based on financial need.

Last Updated 7/21/22