Broad Based Fees

In accordance with State University of New York policy 7804 on Fees, Rentals and Other Charges, the University at Albany charges broad-based fees to all enrolled students to finance discrete activities that benefit the student body, excluding those activities that are part of the core instructional program. Broad-Based Fees include but are not limited to the Comprehensive Service Fee (offering Health, Transportation and Technology Services), the Recreation and Campus Life Fee (formerly the Student Recreation Fee), Intercollegiate Athletics FeeUniversity Fee, and the Academic Excellence Fee. The charts in this section are based on projected 2019-2020 expenditures. 

Broad-Based Fee Waiver Policy Effective Fall 2017

Comprehensive Service Fee


Health Component
Background

The Health component of the Comprehensive Service Fee was instituted in the fall of 1991 by the SUNY Board of Trustees in an effort to provide student health services to SUNY campuses. Supported services now include student health care, counseling services, and health promotion programs and services that support student well-being. At the University at Albany, services covered by the health component of the Comprehensive Service Fee are provided by three campus departments- Student Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), and the Center for behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research. Effective Fall 2017, the following student populations will be exempt from this fee component: Exclusively Online; Internships - Credit-Bearing Not Located in Albany or Capital District Area - 4 Counties (Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Rensselaer); Washington Semester Program; Study Abroad; Non-Credit-Bearing IELP Courses Accessed From Outside of the Country; Certificate Programs - Non-Credit Bearing; and Continuing Education - Non-Credit Bearing.

Student Health Services
Student Health Services promotes optimal physical health and well-being that supports the success of our students and life-long healthy habits. Student Health Services serves all registered undergraduate and graduate students by providing a wide array of consistent, high quality primary care medical services throughout the calendar year. Visits to Student Health Services are free to registered students. Some services require a small charge, such as in-house laboratory testing, medical equipment and immunizations.

Student Benefits/ Impact

  • Provides a range of services from prevention-focused education, episodic care for chronic medical conditions and acute (urgent) medical treatment of illnesses/injuries with referral to specialists as appropriate 
  • Offers medical care to the University at Albany students with providers available to speak with students in five languages - English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Korean
  • Educates students with regard to health related issues including education, testing and screening for communicable diseases including Influenza, MMR, and STIs.
  • Maintains a campus where the risk of threatening communicable disease is minimized consistent with the goals and objectives of the New York State Department of Health
  • Provides a skill set enabling conscientious use of medical services fostering the mindset of a mature healthcare consumer
  • Guides campus departments regarding medical or health related issues as they pertain to the student environment
  • Offers referrals to specialists as appropriate
  • Facilitates medical withdrawals from the University
  • Plays an integral role in campus-wide emergency planning as it relates to physical health

Student Access
Detailed information regarding Student Health Services is available at: https://www.albany.edu/health_center/

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
CAPS assists registered undergraduate and graduate students in resolving personal issues and developing the emotional, intellectual and interpersonal skills to enhance academic success and personal well-being. CAPS offers a broad range of psychological services including counseling, prevention, and health promotion services that are culturally inclusive, accessible, and tailored to the evolving needs of our diverse student body. It also provides health promotion and prevention services to our campus and consultative and referral services to staff, faculty, and parents. All visits to the CAPS are free to registered students.

Student Benefits/ Impact

  • Assists University at Albany students in developing coping skills regarding academics, career decisions, and personal concerns
  • Offers culturally competent individual and group counseling services to University at Albany students in seven languages - English, Spanish, Mandarin, French, Italian, Urdu, and American Sign Language
  • Provides timely and responsive consultation services to students, parents and families, faculty and staff members, academic and other University departments, and health service providers in person and via telephone and email
  • Presents educational programs at New Student Orientation and in first year experience classes, residence halls and apartments, and to fraternities and sororities, student-athletes, cultural groups, and other audiences by request
  • Offers on-demand access  to Web based self-assessment, self-care and wellness information
  • Integrates mental health related topics into academic curricula
  • Provides triage and emergency assistance to students in acute distress

Student Access
Detailed information regarding Counseling and Psychological Services is available at: https://www.albany.edu/counseling_center/

Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research

The Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research promotes the behavioral health of University at Albany students by advancing innovative, evidence-based practices that focus on alcohol and other drug use, mental health promotion, and positive psychology, thereby enhancing the academic and personal success of our diverse student body. The Center engages in translational research, as well as teaching and supervision of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate trainees.

The Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research uses a comprehensive public health approach to support the well-being of students. Center staff members collaborate with Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, and partners across the University and in the community to bring quality services and programs to the campus community.

Student Benefit/Impact

  • Provides the highest quality of services that promote the behavioral health of students, including health education and peer wellness coaching
  • Delivers “Theme” weeks and special programs such as Alcohol Awareness Week, World Suicide Prevention Week, and Sexuality Month, among others
  • Administers annual campus-wide student health surveys to ensure that services are responsive to student needs
  • Provides professional oversight of the nationally-recognized Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program as well as Project SHAPE: Sexual Health and Peer Education
  • Provides advisement, consultation, co-sponsorship, and other support to student groups interested in delivering programs and events focused on health, well-being, and resilience
  • Provides training opportunities in behavioral health at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels through credit-bearing academic courses, internships, and research opportunities
  • Promotes the health of University at Albany students through campus-wide programs and services that focus on preventing mental health risks, alcohol and other drug misuse, and related risk behaviors
  • Contributes to scholarship addressing best practices to support behavioral health and well-being of college students, both within the university and on a national scale
  • Provides national leadership in translational research focused on college student behavioral health through intervention development, evaluation, and dissemination efforts

Student Access
Detailed information regarding Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research services is available at: https://www.albany.edu/behavioralhealth/

Transportation Component

Background
University Parking & Mass Transit Services provides transportation for 2.2 million riders per year with unlimited student access to bus services that operate 7 days a week across 204 different routes throughout the Capital Region. The UAlbany transit service system is designed to provide the University community with access to campus facilities, students with the ability to commute and visitors the opportunity to participate in University activities.

The transportation component of the Comprehensive Service Fee supports UAlbany transit service operations including the purchase, operation and maintenance of University mass transit vehicles, a universal service contract with the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) and regulatory requirements in a variety of commuter choices. Graduate students who are members of GSEU are exempt from this fee component. Effective Fall 2017, the following student populations will also be exempt from this fee component: Exclusively Online; Internships - Credit-Bearing Not Located in Albany or Capital District Area - 4 Counties (Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Rensselaer); Washington Semester Program; Study Abroad; Non-Credit-Bearing IELP Courses Accessed From Outside of the Country; Certificate Programs - Non-Credit Bearing; and Continuing Education - Non-Credit Bearing.

Student Benefits/ Impact

      • Unlimited use of UAlbany operated Mass Transit Services to facilitate student travel to and from classes, libraries, and meetings. Available 7 days a week during the Spring and Fall semesters and 5 days a week during Spring, Summer, and Winter breaks.
      • Unlimited access to CDTA bus services at no charge seven days a week on all routes. Note that CDTA access becomes inactive 1 week after each semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) if not registered for classes during next semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).
      • Modern and safe transit vehicles equipped with transit style seating and windows, GPS, air conditioning, bike racks, destination signage, and accessibility features
      • In support of UN Commitment to Sustainable Practices in Higher Education, UAlbany fleet includes 3 sustainable electric-hybrid buses
Student Access
Detailed information regarding campus-wide services, parking regulations, bus and shuttle schedules, directions and visitor parking is available at https://www.albany.edu/pmts/ 

Technology Component

 

Information Technology Services

Background
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a variety of technologies to support the academic, research and business needs of the institution. The Technology component of the Comprehensive Service Fee supports the infrastructure, information systems and applications to provide students, faculty and staff with a rich learning environment. Effective Fall 2017, the following student populations will be exempt from this fee component: non-credit-bearing IELP courses accessed from out of the country; non-credit-bearing certificate and continuing education programs.

Student Benefits/ Impact

      • Access to University-wide wireless network
      • A personal UAlbany account used to access a wide range of campus IT services, including a UAlbany Mail (email) account
      • Student computing sites in all three University Libraries, with computers, software, printing available
      • ITS Service Desk assistance on the uptown and downtown campuses (drop in, by phone, or submitting a ticket)
      • Personal file storage and sharing, including Microsoft OneDrive and S:drive
      • Blackboard Learning System, which includes a mobile app and 24-hour technical support
      • MyUAlbany portal for conducting University business
      • Cable television services in residence halls and common areas
      • Web conferencing services

Student Access
For more information about Information Technology Services, visit: https://www.albany.edu/its

University Libraries

Background
The University Libraries strengthen and enhance the teaching, research and service of the University at Albany by developing collections, facilitating access to information resources, teaching the effective use of information resources and critical evaluation skills and offering research assistance. 

The Technology component of the Comprehensive Service Fee supports the library technological needs of UAlbany students, faculty and staff by allowing implementation of innovative technologies and services to deliver information and scholarly resources conveniently to users anytime and anyplace.  The Comprehensive Service Fee also supports well-equipped and functional physical spaces where students can pursue independent learning and discovery outside the classroom. 

Student Benefits/ Impact

  • Circulation, interlibrary loan, and document delivery services supports the research and teaching needs of the University’s academic community by expanding a range of materials beyond the collections of the University Libraries.
  • The Libraries provide a total of 33 group study rooms for campus community use.  Many of the rooms are well-equipped with a PC, speakers, tables and chairs, and a whiteboard. Some include a wall-mounted flat screen monitor for collaborative work.
  • The Innovate, Make, Create Center (IMC) assists the campus in web design, digital recording and editing, sophisticated image editing, and the creation of PDF files, among other activities. Video chat rooms and a presentation practice room, complete with green screen, can also be reserved.
  • Library photocopying and printing services are available to the campus community via the SUNYCard system. Book scanners are available in all three libraries.
  • The library laptop lending service offers a total of 38 laptops available for students, faculty, and staff use. The IMC lends camcorders, cameras, microphones, and other equipment for student and faculty use.
  • Libraries’ staff continuously seek to adopt emerging technologies and incorporate these to create more efficient and meaningful library services.

Student Access
Detailed information regarding University Libraries services and initiatives can be accessed at: http://library.albany.edu/

Recreation and Campus Life Fee 

Campus Recreation Component
Background
Established in 2010, Campus Recreation provides diverse, stimulating and engaging recreational opportunities that enrich the UAlbany experience. We empower our community to lead healthy lifestyles by fostering an environment that supports physical, mental and social growth. The department offers a wide variety of programs including Aquatics, Fitness & Wellness, Group Exercise, Outdoor Pursuits, Intramural Sports, and Club Sports. Club Sports are managed in partnership with the Student Association. Graduate students do not pay the Recreation and Campus Life Fee. Effective Fall 2017, the following student populations will be exempt from this Fee: Exclusively Online; Internships - Credit-Bearing Not Located in Albany or Capital District Area - 4 Counties (Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Rensselaer); Washington Semester Program; Study Abroad; Non-Credit-Bearing IELP Courses Accessed From Outside of the Country; Certificate Programs - Non-Credit Bearing; and Continuing Education - Non-Credit Bearing. IELP students on campus who are interested in use of Recreation facilities and programs may contact the Office of Campus Recreation to inquire about membership rates.

 

Student Benefits/ Impact

  • Stimulates student recruitment and retention
  • Fosters leadership skills through participation in activities
  • Increases visibility and exposure to the UAlbany campus
  • Promotes interaction across a number of college campuses
  • Contributes to overall student health and well being
  • Offers student employment opportunities through internships and grad assistantships
  • Enhances exposure to professional development
  • Heightens sense of campus community and campus pride
  • Encourages student involvement opportunities promoting a good quality of campus life
  • Provides a platform for social interaction
  • Builds self-esteem
  • Reduces stress and promotes relaxation
  • Enhances overall life skills

Student Access

For more information on the facilities, schedules, programs and staff, visit:

www.albany.edu/campusrecreation. 

 

Campus Life Component

Background

The Campus Life fee supports efforts to create a collegiate co-curricular experience for students that supports resilience, a sense of belonging and the campus community while creating a vibrant campus environment with a variety of activities available for students on a daily basis. The Office of Student Involvement provides oversight for this fee and strives to meet the multi-dimensional needs of students utilizing a University-wide programming model that is learning outcome driven to meet students where they are intellectually, emotionally and physically.

Programs supported by this fee include:

  • Daily programming on campus and in the living areas
  • Consistent small scale evening programs in a variety of locations
  • Occasional large scale programming in a central campus location
  • Class year oriented programming - programs targeted to Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors
  • Niche programming for populations identified as in need of support
  • Enhanced or new initiatives sponsored by Departments to enrich the student experience across one of our four learning domains

In addition to general programming, a portion of the fee supports intercultural education and events, fraternity & sorority life, leadership development and the hub of student life: The Campus Center, which in turn will improve the quality of campus life, and the quality of programming offered to students by student organizations.

The fee may support a variety of programs, including but not limited to:

  • Athletic Events - Provide support to enhance the student experience at on-campus athletic events as well as transportation and discounted tickets to students for tournament and high profile away games.
  • Bus Trips (Regional) - Arrange bus trips to take students on day trips to surrounding cities and attractions.
  • Campus Center Connections - Operating daily programs in the Campus Center.
  • Campus Traditions - Support traditions such as: Candle lighting, Torch Night, Homecoming, Relay for Life, Clash of the Quads, FairWell, etc.
  • Coffee House Open Mic - Provides an open microphone and a relaxed, welcoming space for artistic and cultural expression by our students.
  • Comedy Shows - Annual University Programming Board comedy show.
  • Cultural Programming - Increase diverse programming offered on campus.
  • Leadership Development - Leadership workshops, conferences and programs for students including cultural exchanges both here and abroad.
  • Great Dane Welcome - A series of programs and events held during the first six weeks of the Fall semester for students. Events can include performers, dance parties, game shows, etc.
  • Podium Series (weekly) - Free events that feature giveaways. The series serves to promote the University Programming Board and upcoming events while providing an engaging atmosphere on campus.
  • Programming Grants - Grants will be available to various entities on campus to help support their events.
  • Senior Week - Every Spring the Graduating Class will have events to celebrate their years at UAlbany and their upcoming commencement.
  • Speakers - Motivational/Leadership speakers will be brought to campus to speak with our students including support of the University Speaker Series.
  • Student Organization and Student Government Support - Helps provide support, mentorship and risk management for our over 300 student organizations as they provide over a thousand events and programs for students annually.
  • UAlbany Live - Concert Series bringing live bands to campus with music from national, regional and local artists.

Student Access

For more information visit: https://www.albany.edu/involvement

 

Athletics Fee

Background
In 1999, UAlbany began competing as an NCAA Division I program and joined the American East Conference in 2002. This partnership has expanded UAlbany athletics program to 18 varsity sports with approximately 500 male and female athletes competing at the Division I level. The Intercollegiate Athletics Fee supports the growth of a diverse academic environment that provides all university students with access to safe athletic and recreational facilities, encourages athletes to reach their full academic and athletic potential, while fostering a sense of community and campus pride. Graduate students do not pay the Athletics Fee.  Effective Fall 2017, the following student populations will be exempt from this Fee: IELP, Non-Credit-Bearing IELP Courses Accessed From Out of the Country; Certificate Programs - Non-Credit Bearing; and Continuing Education - Non-Credit Bearing.

Student Benefits/ Impact

  • Provides an equitable, balanced and broad-based athletics program for all student-athlete participants and the University at Albany Community.
  • Supports academic component of University by providing practicums, internships and graduate assistantships.
  • Strengthens campus recruitment and retention
  • Expands diversity to campus population
  • Delivers sense of community and campus pride
  • Promotes quality of student life
  • Provides entertainment options to the Capital Region and the University Community
  • Increases access to state-of-the-art recreational facilities that are functional, aesthetically consistent with other university facilities, safe and comfortable for student-athlete participants, staff, spectators and community users
  • Arranges scholarships for UAlbany athletes
  • Offers student-athletes opportunity to play a key role in community services for at-risk youth, non-profit agencies and public schools in the Capital Region
  • Supports the department’s ability to hire diverse and qualified staff of coaches and administrators to ensure achievement of student-athletes.
  • Indirect programmatic support includes travel, equipment, and supplies purchases pertaining to various Athletics operations.

Student Access
Detailed information regarding sports Athletics mission, sports offered and scheduling can be accessed at http://www.ualbanysports.com/ 

University Fee

The University Fee provides supplemental support for the academic mission of the University. Mandatory for all students. Prior to Fall 2016, this Fee was non-refundable for course withdrawals bearing an official drop/withdrawal date of the first day of the session or later. Effective Fall 2016, financial liability for this fee follows the same schedule as tuition. Effective Fall 2017, the following student populations will be exempt from this Fee: Non-Credit-Bearing IELP Courses Accessed From Out of the Country; Certificate Programs - Non-Credit Bearing; and Continuing Education - Non-Credit Bearing.
Academic Excellence Fee
The Academic Excellence Fee is mandatory for all SUNY students attending a University Center. The funds are used to provide resources necessary for maintaining quality academic and student success programs.  More information can be found here. Effective Fall 2017, the following student populations will be exempt from this Fee: IELP, Non-Credit-Bearing IELP Courses Accessed From Out of the Country; Certificate Programs - Non-Credit Bearing; and Continuing Education - Non-Credit Bearing.