ALBANY – An effort to hike fees charged to tens of thousands of undergraduate and graduate students at most State University of New York campuses has been scuttled.
Expansion of the Academic Excellence and Success Fee, a $75 assessment now permitted at the four SUNY campus centers, including the University at Buffalo, was to have been discussed at this week’s meeting of the SUNY board in Albany.
The fee was approved a couple years ago with a goal of driving more money to student-related programs. The fee was scheduled to spread to remaining colleges in the system beyond the four campus centers if they devised approved programs to improve educational offerings, according to the board’s agenda that was posted Friday afternoon on SUNY’s website.
While the agenda called the item a resolution, SUNY officials, in a series of emails with The Buffalo News Friday evening, later said the item was only going to be discussed but not voted on during the board meeting.
In a final email exchange, a SUNY spokesman said the item was added to the agenda by mistake.
“It was not properly vetted through system administration, and the chancellor does not support it at this time. It has been removed from the board agenda," the SUNY spokesman said.
The item’s appearance on the agenda came just days after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said in his State of the State address that there would be no tax hikes in the upcoming budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1.