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Tuition, Fees and Financial Assistance

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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:

    a. taking 11 or fewer credits of undergraduate courses, will be charged the appropriate undergraduate rate; or

    b. taking 11 or fewer credits of graduate courses, will be charged the appropriate graduate rate; or

    c. 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.

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The tuition and fees below were accurate as of the catalog printing. For the most up-to-date information, refer to the Bursar's Office.

Tuition

NYS Out-of-State
Tuition $5,100.00 $8,416.00
Room and Board 6,960.00 6,960.00
College fee 25.00 25.00
BSG Fee 192.00 192.00
Health Fee 198.00 198.00
Technology Fee 222.00 222.00
Books and Supplies 810.00 810.00
Transportation 120.00 120.00
Personal 1,418.00 1,418.00

New York State Residents(Part Time)  
Tuition $213.00 per credit
College Fee .85 per credit
Brockport Student Government Fee 8.00 per credit
Health Fee 8.25 per credit
Technology Fee 9.25 per credit
   
Out-of-state Residents(Part Time)  
Tuition $351.00 per credit
College Fee .85 per credit
Brockport Student Government Fee 8.00 per credit
Health Fee 8.25 per credit
Technology Fee 9.25 per credit

Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice. Consult the Bursar's Office Web page, www.brockport.edu for current tuition information and description/policy on SUNY Brockport fees.

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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 www.brockport.edu. 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.

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Payment of Tuition, Fees, Room and Board

Students will receive monthly bills from the SUNY Brockport Bursar's Office. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that payment is received in the Bursar's Office by the payment due date in order to avoid late payment fees. Late fees of $30 will be assessed each month that payment is not received when due. The College reserves the right to place holds on records and services, which will prevent students from receiving grades, transcripts, registering for another semester, or graduating until all financial obligations are satisfied.

Affirmation of Enrollment and Acceptance of SUNY Brockport Financial Responsibility

An enrolled student is defined as one who has registered for courses and accepted responsibility for all associated charges. SUNY Brockport refers to this as having AFFIRMED ENROLLMENT AND ACCEPTED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Students are not required to submit payment in order to lock in their course registration schedule. However, whether the student registers online, in person, by mail, or by fax, ALL students are required to go online and "affirm enrollment and accept financial responsibility" to lock in the course schedule. Course schedules will be reserved until a published deadline in the Schedule of Classes. If students have not affirmed enrollment and accepted financial responsibility by the published deadline, the course schedule will be removed. Subsequent registration activity will be subject to appropriate late fees.

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Affirmation of Enrollment and Acceptance of Financial Responsibility

An enrolled student is defined as one who has registered for courses and accepted responsibility for all associated charges. SUNY Brockport refers to this as having AFFIRMED ENROLLMENT AND ACCEPTED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Students are not required to submit payment in order to lock in their course registration schedule. However, whether the student registers online, in person, by mail, or by fax, ALL students are required to go online and "affirm enrollment and accept financial responsibility" to lock in the course schedule. Course schedules will be reserved until a published deadline in the Schedule of Classes. If students have not affirmed enrollment and accepted financial responsibility by the published deadline, the course schedule will be removed. Subsequent registration activity will be subject to appropriate late fees.

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Canceling Enrollment and Declining Financial Responsibility

Students who have registered for courses and affirmed enrollment and accepted financial responsibility must drop their courses prior to the start of classes to avoid financial responsibility. Procedures for dropping classes are published in the Schedule of Classes and are on the Web at www.brockport.edu.

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Installment Payment Plans

SUNY Brockport's Installment Payment Plan is designed to assist those students 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 and which are not covered by financial aid. Contact the Bursar's Office at (585) 395-2473 or access the offices Web pages at www.brockport.edu for details.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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 information, access the Bursar's Office section of the SUNY Brockport Web site at www.brockport.edu.

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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

* 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.

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 ContractTerms and Conditions.

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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 who are at least half-time and who have a documented disability on file at the Office for Students with Disabilities may be eligible for a part-time TAP award. 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 Handbook ­ section 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 for 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.

Federal Perkins Loan
The loan is for matriculated graduate students with exceptional financial need as determined by the FAFSA. This loan has a fixed interest rate of five percent and payments are deferred while students are attending on at least a half-time basis. This loan is awarded only if the student has unmet need after all other sources of aid are exhausted.

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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 School Dean to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Special Programs, 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.

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.

  The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.

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