College Fees

2020 - 2021 Fees

FeeFull-Time Student 
(12 or more credits)
Part-Time Student
College Fee $25.00 per semester $1.70 per credit hour
Student Activity Fee $110.00 per semester $9.25 per credit hour
Technology Fee $200.50 per semester $16.75 per credit hour
Student Health Fee $177.00 per semester $14.75 per credit hour
Intercollegiate Athletics Fee $139.00 per semester $11.60 per credit hour
Student Life Fee $68.00 per semester $5.70 per credit hour
Transportation Fee $79.00 per semester $6.60 per credit hour
Transcript Fee $5.00 per semester $5.00 per semester
First-Year Freshman $175.00 per year $175.00 per year
First-Year Transfer $140.00 per year $140.00 per year

College Fee
Program Fee
Student Activity Fee
Technology Fee
Athletic Fee
Student Health Services Fee

Student Life Fee
Transportation Fee
Transcript Fee

New Student Fee

College Fee

The College Fee is required under administrative policy of State University of New York and is not refundable. College fee for summer and winter sessions (and part-time students) is charged per credit hour.

Program Service Charge

The College Program Service Charge is required of all students enrolled in credit-bearing coursework and is designed to incorporate various normally required fees and charges. It is acknowledged that all students will not equally participate in each of the component fees but will receive equivalent overall benefit from the universally available services enhancing the campus life experience.  Equitable distribution of costs across student populations helps keep our offerings rich and varied while keeping the level of fees low in comparison to benefits provided. Certain special and remote site programs are exempt from some fees.

Other Important Facts:

On-campus courses are generally not eligible for waivers of the Program Service Charge. However, field placements (internships, student teaching, etc.) greater than 100 miles from campus may apply for a waiver of the Student Health Services Fee component only. All such waiver requests must be made in writing to the Student Accounts Office and received by Oct. 1 for fall semesters, March 1 for spring semesters, and June 1 for summer sessions.

Like tuition, Program Service Charge fees are "capped" at 12 hours during the fall and spring semesters. However, no such "capping" occurs during the summer session; students pay tuition and fees for every credit hour taken, even if they enroll in more than 12 credit hours.

The Program Service Charge consists of the following fees:

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Student Activity Fee

The Student Activity Fee is used for on- and off-campus activities governed by the Student Government Association (SGA). SGA manages and allocates expenditures for clubs, organizations, fitness centers, speakers and special cultural, educational or social events.

Technology Fee

The Technology Fee funds a variety of technology networking and access services for students including e-mail accounts, computer labs, Internet access and technical support. All students pay the Technology Fee, except for study abroad students from other SUNY schools who have paid this fee at their home campus.

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Intercollegiate Athletics Fee

The Intercollegiate Athletics Fee provides support for an equitable, broad-based athletics program with an opportunity for all students to participate. The fee helps offset costs associated with athletic operations including, but not limited to: payroll, recruiting, facility maintenance and professional memberships. In addition, it enhances leadership development opportunities, community service initiatives and educational programming for the entire campus community. Athletics provides a platform for academic programs and other campus organizations to deliver unique experiential learning opportunities. Cortland has a long and proud history of participating in intercollegiate athletics, which delivers a sense of community and campus pride. The success of our athletic department adds to the college’s reputation and recognition, which further strengthens campus recruitment and retention. The Cortland Intercollegiate Athletics Board (CIAB) monitors, reviews and recommends policy regarding the Intercollegiate Athletics Fee. 

Student Health Services Fee

“The Student Health Services Fee provides various health and wellness services to students.  This includes primary medical care, psychiatric and mental health services, and various other services and educational programs. This fee may be waived ONLY for students with a permanent address outside of New York State and are not residing in on-campus housing or local off-campus housing during the semester.  Students who are granted a waiver for this fee will be ineligible to utilize the services provided through the fee. All waiver requests must be made in writing to the Student Accounts Office and be received by October 1 for fall semesters, March 1 for spring semesters, and June 1 for summer.”

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Student Life Fee

The Student Life Fee provides support for student life experiences that are rich, fun and fulfilling outside of the classroom that promote student health, fitness and well-being.  The Fee also provides additional support for the entire Recreational Sports Program, including intramural sports (i.e., esports and virtual contests/road races), sport clubs, fitness facilities/programs (i.e., virtual group exercise classes, fitness workshops, and personal training sessions), and outdoor pursuits activities (i.e., virtual workshops).  All of these programs provide our students with many great opportunities to develop healthy lifestyle habits while in school and throughout the rest of their lives.

Transportation Fee

The student transportation fee provides essential funding to purchase, fuel and maintain a fleet of transit buses providing daily on-campus transportation, off-campus travel for class field trips, student shopping to local outlets, targeted ADA transportation, and limited downtown weekend safety shuttles for after-hours transportation. As part of this service, the fee funds the staffing of full-time and part-time bus drivers, weekend bus safety monitors, as well as a large number of contracted motor coach services for long distance travel for class-related and student organization activities.

Transcript Fee

All enrolled students (undergraduate and graduate) will be charged a $5 per semester transcript fee. All current and former students will receive unlimited official transcripts as a lifetime service. Refer to the Student Registration and Records Services website for detailed information on how to request an official college transcript.

New Student Fee

The New Student Fee funds programs and services for new undergraduate students as they transition to SUNY Cortland.  These include the student ID Card, orientation program, Student Planner and events and activities throughout the first few weeks of each semester.  The New Student Fee is a one-time fee paid at the start of a student's first semester.

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