Campus Fee Development & Management
All fees charged by SUNY Plattsburgh must be approved and on file with the Budget and Financial Reporting Office. This includes fees charged to students, employees, community members and other organizations.
New Campus Fee & Fee Increase Process
In order to create a new campus fee or change an existing fee, the Campus Fee Request Form must be completed and submitted to the budget and financial reporting office.
New and/or changed fee requests are to be submitted per the deadlines below:
|Academic Term for Fee Implementation
|Request Due to Budget and Financial Reporting Office
|Fall and Summer Terms
|Spring and Winter Terms
Follow these steps
- Step 1 — Internal Assessment
The majority of fees charged to students attending SUNY Plattsburgh are initiated by the campus, whether it is an individual instructor, department at the college or campus leadership. All student fees will be assessed using the following metrics when applicable:
- Does the proposed charge provide special course supplies and/or materials where the students retain an end product of worth?
- Does the proposed charge provide special and unique services?
- Does the proposed charge involve extraordinary costs associated directly with degree, diploma, or certification program delivery?
- Does the proposed charge cover costs associated with a course specific to scientific chemicals, supplies and materials, modest equipment, and/or proper disposal of waste?
- Does the proposed charge add value to the student body/campus?
- Does the proposed charge provide a service or savings to students?
- Is the proposed charge for a service or item that is already provide for under student tuition?
Answers to these metrics and others as necessary, must be articulated in writing and submitted as part of the Campus Fee Request Form.
- Step 2 — Student Involvement
Once a new fee or revision to a fee has been determined essential, the campus is encouraged — and in the case of Broad-Based Fees — required to engage on the proposed student charge directly with the student population for review and comment. Documentation of strong student consultation should include a narrative description of the participatory process.
While campuses are encouraged to take into consideration the results of the review and comment, it is important to note that student approval is not required to submit requests.
- Step 3 — Request Submission
With the exception of broad-based fees that are directly implemented pursuant to the Board of Trustees as part of the budget process, each request for a new or revision to a mandatory or campus authorized fee must be submitted utilizing the Campus Fee Request Form and sent to the Budget and Financial Reporting Office by the deadlines below.
Academic Term for Fee Implementation Request Due to Budget and Financial Reporting Office Fall and Summer Terms Feb 15 Spring and Winter Terms July 15
Submissions for mandatory and campus authorized fees should include at a minimum:
- Course numbers and titles (if applicable)
- If a course number changes while a fee request is pending or after a fee is approved, the department must communicate the nature of the change to the Budget and Financial Reporting Office.
- Course/program description (if applicable)
- A memo from the department chair to the Dean explaining the need for the fee
- A description of the fee to be charged
- A financial summary for a three-year period (Financial Summary Tab)
- If waivers are permitted, a fee waiver policy must exist and be included as part of the fee request
- The method in which the student charge will be administrated
- Justification for the fee (Justification Tab)
- Signatures/approval by the appropriate campus leadership as outlined on the Request Form Tab
Submissions for broad based fees will be prompted by a memo sent from the Budget and Financial Reporting Office. This memo will outline the deadlines and requirements of the five-year Broad Based Fee Budget Request. Justification for broad based fee increases should include:
- Current commitments and proposed future activities to be supported by increased revenue
- Documentation of strong student consultant to be completed after the Excel budget has been submitted for initial review
- Description of impact (if any) on student access caused by the proposed fee or fee increase
- Course numbers and titles (if applicable)
- Step 4 — Review
Once the dean and provost (if applicable) have reviewed and approved the Campus Fee Request Form all requests should be sent to the Budget and Financial Reporting Office. Each request will be reviewed on the merits of the submission alone. Reviewers, both at the campus level and at SUNY, will make every effort to review submitted requests within a reasonable timeframe.
Additional documentation or information may be requested.
- Step 5 — Approval
Broad-based fees and mandatory fees, including course-based fees must be approved by SUNY. All broad based and mandatory fee requests once received by the Budget and Financial Reporting Office will be reviewed and approved by the president or their designee. Once approved internally, the request will be submitted to SUNY for final review and approval.
Campus authorized fees are reviewed, approved and established by the president or their designee and do not require SUNY approval.
Once a fee has final approval, the Budget and Financial Reporting Office will submit notifications to the appropriate office(s).
No student charge may be imposed upon a student without formal approval by the appropriate level of authority. In the case where review of a new or increased student charge is ongoing during a period when student’s bills are prepared, campuses are allowed to charge the fee “pending final approval”. If approval is not provided, the campus is required to reimburse students for the entirety of the charge.
- Step 6 — Implementation
Approved student charges must be properly applied to student bills and revenue generated by such charges will be appropriately deposited in clearly delineated accounts within the General IFR fund, or other appropriate accounting structure.
In general, chancellor or designee set fee amounts are approved on an annual basis for those fee types that fall within the broad based and mandatory fees category and are held at those levels for the entirety of the academic year.
Fee amounts set for fees that fall with the course based fees category are approved on a per term basis, in alignment with due date and review periods as set by the SUNY Office of Finance and Budget.
Approvals for all fees that fall under the authority of campus president or designee are set on an annual basis and are held at those levels for the entirety of the academic year.
- Step 7 — Ongoing Review
Every two years, student fees and associated IFR accounts will be reviewed for continued need, appropriateness of level, and to ensure that expenditures are aligned with the fee approval and purpose. All course fee revenues and expenses must be charged to the associated course fee IFR account. To create a new account please complete the IFR Account Request Form.
Campuses will be required to submit to SUNY a full registry of all student charges/fees governed by the SUNY Fee Policy every other fiscal year. In the off cycle years, an updated registry of new fees must be submitted.
All fees charged by SUNY Plattsburgh must be approved and on file with the Budget and Financial Reporting Office.
The SUNY Fee Policy categorizes fees into three different categories: broad-based, mandatory, and campus-authorized. Broad-based fees appear on the student’s bill as a mandatory fee while mandatory and campus authorized fees appear on the student’s bill as either optional or other fees.
Broad-based and mandatory fees require SUNY approval.
- Broad-Based Fees
Broad-based fees are generally charged to the majority of students enrolled at SUNY Plattsburgh in order to finance discrete activities that benefit the student body, excluding any and all activities that could be considered to be part of the “Core Operations” of the campus that are funded by tuition and direct/indirect state tax support dollars.
Examples of Broad-Based Fees are Technology Fee, Career Fee, Athletic Fee, Health Fee and Recreation Fee
- Mandatory Fees
Mandatory fees are authorized by the SUNY Board of Trustees to be charged in line with guidelines issues by the board of trustees following approval by the chancellor. The fees are charged due to a student’s action or inaction. Mandatory fees are charged either by a set dollar value or a dollar value range.
Examples of Mandatory Fees include Course Fees, Late Registration Fees, Drop/Add Fees, etc.
- Campus-Authorized Fees
The board of trustees have authorized campus presidents, or their designees, to establish certain fees without approval by the chancellor or designee. Each of these fees must follow applicable guidelines and the requirements of state finance law, education law, and should only be established when appropriate campus specific guidelines and policies are put in place.
Examples of Campus-Authorized Fees include Fieldhouse Rental Fee, Residence Hall Room Rates, Parking Fees, Library Fees.