2024-2025 Student Catalog 
    Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Student Catalog

Tuition and Fees

In this section, you will find our aid availability, tuition, fees, sources of funding, and our refund policy.

Tuition Rates:

(2023-2024 Academic Year, Subject to Change)
New York State (NYS) Residents: Rate is for NYS residents who reside in Niagara County or non-residents of Niagara County who present a Certificate of Residence

Full Time (12+ credit hrs/term):

$2,568 per academic term

for Fall and Spring terms

Part Time, Winter Intersession and Summer terms:

$214 cr. hr/term


Out-of-State Students, Foreign Students, and NYS residents who do NOT provide a Certificate of Residency*:

Full Time (12+ credit hrs/term):

$5,136 per academic term

for Fall and Spring terms

Part Time, Winter Intersession and Summer terms:

$428 cr. hr/term


Fee Schedule:

Fees Required of All Students

Student Government and Intramural/Athletic Fee



Service Rendered


All Students


Credit Hour

Supports Student Senate activities, recreation programs and intercollegiate athletics. Maximum charge per term $361.

General Fee




Services Rendered


All Students


Cr. Hr./Term

Funds technology, hardware and software and other services for multi-media learning environments

Support Services Fee Charge Per Services Rendered

All Students                              

$.50 Cr. Hr./Term Supports student services
Wolf Packed Course Materials Charge Per Services Rendered
  Culinary and Baking & Pastry Arts Majors $27.00 Cr. Hr./Term Includes required printed text books, lab books, and digital materials.  Printed books are considered rentals and must be returned to Barnes & Noble.  For Culinary & Pastry majors, pastry set or knife set included as applicable, uniforms are at additional cost.  Computers and other electronics are not included.  Allied Health majors: uniforms and medical equipment are at additional cost.
  All other Majors $22.00 Cr. Hr./Term
Note: It is not recommended, but Wolf Packed course materials DO have an opt-out period, on an all-or-nothing basis.  Watch for an email each term from Barnes & Noble, which will designate the period that the process may be completed.  Also, properly declared OER courses will result in an offsetting $22/credit negative charge, which will also show on your bill.
 Other Fees:



Service Rendered

Academic Foundation Course Fee $  52 Course Supports student foundation course work
Advanced First Aid & CPR Fee $  44 Course To cover costs associated with Advanced First Aid & CPR class

Nursing Lab & Software Fee



Covers costs associated with Allied Health labs, clinicals, and testing package

Allied Health Lab Fee $165 Course Covers costs associated with Allied Health labs, clinicals and supplies.

Animal Management Fee



Covers contractual expenses incurred for labs at zoos and aquariums.

Baking & Pastry Arts Fee



Covers the cost of consumed materials and supplies.

Culinary Arts Fee



Covers the cost of consumed materials and supplies.

Production Lab Fee

$ 83


Covers the cost of consumed materials and supplies

Welding Lab Fee $ 59 Cr. Hr. Covers the cost of lab space and consumed materials and supplies.    

Bowling Fee

$ 59


Covers additional cost of operating bowling lanes.

Police Academy fee $1800 Cohort

Covers additional costs associated with 30 credit hour program

Late Registration Fee

$ 50


To provide all support services and resources required to accommodate students unable to attend regularly scheduled registration sessions. Charged to students who first register on the first day of classes or later.

Payment Plan Fee

$ 40


Covers administrative costs for students who choose to pay their tuition under the college’s tuition payment plan.

Late Payment Fee

$ 35


Applied to any student account with a remaining past due balance after tuition or payment plan due dates, or missing the E-signature at the given due dates.

Locker Fee $ 10 Per Locker, Per Term

Provide lock and locker for student to secure personal items.

Transcript Fee

$ 10


Covers copying and postage costs involved in providing student transcripts.

Duplicate Diploma Fee

$ 25 Diploma re-issued To cover cost paid to third-party vendor to process request

Portfolio Assessment Fee

$192 Portfolio Covers cost of faculty evaluation of each portfolio submitted by a student to document learning acquired through work/life experience. 

Challenge Exam

$ 80


Covers cost of faculty preparation, administration and evaluation

Administration and Assessment Fee Credit for Prior Learning

$ 33

Cr. Hr.

CPL credit hour fee to be paid for each credit hour awarded through assessment of portfolio (up to a maximum of 14). The first 6 credits are included in the $192 portfolio assessment fee. Students will pay an additional $33 per credit only for credit hours beyond these 6, to cover administrative costs and additional faculty time for assessment.

Identification Card Replacement Fee

$ 10

ID Card

Student identification cards are required to utilize the college library, charge books and supplies to anticipated financial aid benefits at the college bookstore, and for participation in college functions. No charge for the first card.

Tobacco Policy Violation Fee

$25 - $200

per occurrence; does not reset with term or year

$25.00 - 1st violation; $50.00 - 2nd violation; $100.00 - 3rd violation; $200.00 - 4th and additional violations

Returned Check/Charge Fee

$ 30

Returned Item

Covers bank charges and handling costs incurred by the college resulting from bank returned checks, or disputed credit card authorizations.

*Students who legally reside in a county within the State of New York other than Niagara County must provide a Certificate of Residence from their home county or pay the out-of-state rate for tuition.

New York State Non-Resident (Out of County) Charges

If you have been a legal resident of New York State for the past year but you have lived outside Niagara County, you will be charged tuition at the nonresident rate. The non-resident premium (difference between the resident and non-resident rates) will be credited back to your account if you provide a valid certificate of residence from your county of legal residence not more than 60 days prior to, and no later than 30 days after commencement of college term or program. The certificate of residence received from your county of legal residence is usually valid for one academic year and must be renewed annually.

Payment Information

Registering for classes creates a financial obligation which you should be prepared to satisfy before you register. If you register PRIOR to the tuition due date, your financial obligation must be satisfied by the tuition due date (published each semester). If registration occurs AFTER the tuition due date, you must satisfy your obligation at the time of registration.

Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to the college by established due dates will put your account in a state of default and will result in the assessment of late fees. The college does not assume responsibility for, but reserves the right to cancel your class schedule if your account is determined to be in a state of default at any time from the time of registration to the start of the semester.

Step by Step: How to Complete the Student Billing and Payment Process       


1.     Access your Schedule/Bill on Banner Web (bills are only available on Banner Web and will not be mailed*)
2.     Make payment for any amounts due
3.     Out of County Charges - If Applicable - Submit Residency Certificate (All counties)
4.     Payment Plan-Sign up if unable to pay full amount due and prefer installments

       Full instructions on how to complete the student billing process can be found on-line at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Step_by_Step_Billing_Instructions_rev14.pdf

Failure to complete these steps in accordance with established deadlines may result in assessment of a late fee.

Watch your TWolves student email account for important reminders and notifications.


E-BILL ACTIVATION DATES - Date when students can begin accessing their billing documents for the term on Banner Web. Approximate activation dates for electronic student billing are:      
Fall Term  - June 13     Winter Intersession & Spring Term - November 15     Summer Term - April 8

Acceptable methods of payment are:

  • Cash, check, credit or debit card (MasterCard, Visa or Discover)
    Any check or credit card payment returned by your bank unpaid will result in a $30 service charge to your account. 
  • SUNY Niagara Tuition Payment Plan
    The SUNY Niagara Tuition Payment Plan affords students the opportunity to pay their term bill in three (3), four (4) or five (5) monthly installments in the spring and fall semesters; and three (3) monthly installments in the summer semester. You must complete a payment plan application and pay the non-refundable fee each term you wish to participate in this plan. Electronic forms are the required method, available via our website and Banner Web, but only during the time period relative to each term. We also offer the same plans through Nelnet, which allows for automated payments.
  • Financial Aid, scholarships or other grants

Where to make payments:

  • On the Web via your Banner Web Account
  • Mail - Money Order, Check, MasterCard, Visa or Discover Card only
  • In person in the Cashier’s Office-Sanborn

Send or deliver payments to:

SUNY Niagara
Cashier’s Office (Room A205)
3111 Saunders Settlement Road
Sanborn, NY 14132-9460

Using Financial Aid as Payment

To use financial aid to cover tuition and fee charges you must apply for Federal financial aid (FAFSA application) and should allow at least three (3) weeks processing time. New York State aid programs (TAP, APTS,etc.) require at least four (4) weeks processing time. Your aid must be fully processed before it can be applied as a credit to your student billing account.

All financial aid is tentative until you attend classes. Financial aid will not pay for classes in which you enroll but do not attend. Be aware that if you drop a class or classes, your financial aid benefits, including student loans, may be reduced or withdrawn. You are responsible for any balance due as a result of loss of financial aid benefits for any reason. Before you drop any classes, make sure to check with the Financial Aid Office to determine if your aid benefits will be affected. If you intend to drop any of your classes (or all, in the case of withdrawal), you should consider doing so before the start of the semester. After the semester begins, you will be held responsible for a portion (or all) of the cost associated with dropped courses in accordance with the refund schedule outlined below.

Tuition & Fee Refund and Liability Schedules

Refund and liability calculations of tuition and fees will be based on your official or unofficial withdrawal date in accordance with College policy and SUNY regulations. Schedules are published for all terms, and can be found on Banner Web, the College website, and in the Billing Information brochure. Refunds will not be made to students who do not attend classes and have not completed the withdrawal procedure. Academic drop deadlines are not the same as refund and liability schedules.

Fall, Spring and Summer III Semester; LPN Course

Courses Dropped



Prior to 6th day of classes

100%  0%

1st week, days 6 & 7

75% 25%
2nd week of classes



3rd week of classes

25% 75%
After 3rd week of classes 0%


Summer Semester I & II;

Courses Dropped



Prior to 2nd day of classes

100% 0%
1st week of class, After day 1


After 1st week of classes



Module classes, including the Winter Intersession, have varying refund and liability dates.

Student Financial Responsibilities

Student Obligation/Responsibility for Payment of Tuition, Fees & Other Charges

By registering for courses, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the SUNY Niagara Financial Obligation Agreement  (FOA/FRA) set forth below.  Effective with the Winter 2023 term, the FOA/FRA is presented once for e-signature prior to registration, and is effective throughout the student’s educational career.

By registering for courses at SUNY Niagara (the “College”):  I fully understand and agree that my authorization to enroll and continue to register for courses at SUNY Niagara is expressly conditioned on my acceptance of the terms and conditions set forth below. In exchange for the opportunity to enroll at SUNY Niagara, to receive educational services, and for other valuable consideration, I agree to the following terms and conditions:

Payment Responsibility: I understand and agree that when I register for any class at SUNY Niagara (the “College”) or receive any service from the College, I accept full responsibility to pay all tuition, fees, and other charges assessed as a result of my registration and/or receipt of services. Other charges may include course materials, bookstore charges and any other charges that appear on my Schedule/Bill. If I live in Student Housing Village or sign up for a meal plan, I further agree to pay all charges associated with my housing and/or dining. I further understand and agree that my registration and acceptance of these terms constitutes a contractual agreement (i.e., a financial obligation in the form of an educational loan as defined by the U.S. Bankruptcy Code at 11 U.S.C. §523(a)(8)) in which the College is providing me educational services and deferring some or all of my payment obligation for those services, and I promise to pay for all assessed tuition, fees, and other associated charges by the published or assigned due date.

Billing Method: I understand that the College uses electronic billing as its official billing method and will not send a paper bill to me or to anyone else who may make payments on my behalf. I acknowledge that I am responsible for viewing and paying all student account charges by the posted due date. I further understand and agree that failure to attend class or review my Schedule/Bill does not absolve me of my financial responsibility as described above or constitute a valid reason for not paying my charges by the posted due date.

Billing Errors: I understand that administrative, clerical, or technical billing errors, while rare, do not absolve me of my financial responsibility to pay the correct amount of tuition, fees and other associated financial obligations assessed as a result of my registration at the College.

Due Dates & Late Payment Fee: I promise to pay the College by the due dates stated on my student account and in applicable College catalogs and/or websites. I acknowledge that failure to make a payment by the due date may result in a $35 late fee. If I elect to make payments in installments, I understand that a $35 late fee will be assessed for each late installment payment.

Class Drop/College Withdrawal: I understand and agree that I must abide by College policies regarding withdrawal from the College. I understand and agree that if I drop or withdraw from some or all of the classes for which I registered, I will be responsible for paying all or a portion of the tuition and associated fees in accordance with the published Refund/Liability Schedule at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/tuition/refund. I understand that withdrawal from the College, whether voluntary or at the request of the College, does not exempt me from payment in full for charges incurred while attending the College.

Refunds: I understand that it is the College policy not to retain funds due to me on my student account, and that I may receive refunds authorized by the Cashier’s Office. In the event that adjustments to my student account after a refund has been sent to me results in me owing money back to the College, I promise to return that money to the College, and I acknowledge that I may incur a financial hold on my account until that money has been returned.

Financial Aid: I acknowledge and agree that I am ultimately responsible for payment of all charges, regardless of my expectations for payment from financial aid or other sources. I understand that my financial aid may be adjusted after the initial award has been processed, based on required supplemental information or correction of erroneous data. I agree to return to the College any amounts for which I am found ineligible under applicable financial aid guidelines. If I expect financial aid to pay all or part of my financial obligations to the College, I understand and agree that it is my responsibility to satisfy all requirements for disbursement to my student account, including the completion of a master promissory note or loan entrance counseling. If some or all of my financial aid is revoked because I dropped or failed to attend class, I agree to repay all revoked aid that was disbursed to my account and that may have resulted in a credit balance that was refunded to me. I understand that all awards, scholarships, grants, or other benefits awarded to me are considered financial resources according to federal Title IV financial aid regulations and institutional policies and may therefore reduce my eligibility for other federal and/or institutional financial aid (e.g., loans, grants, Federal Work Study) which, if already disbursed to my student account, must be reversed and returned to the aid source.

Method of Communication: I understand and agree that the College uses my TWolves e-mail as an official method of communication with me and that, therefore, I am responsible for reading all e-mails I receive from the College and for responding in a timely manner. I understand and agree that the College may also use other methods and contact information, such as mailing addresses and/or mobile phone numbers, to contact me. I authorize the College and its agents and contractors to contact me at my current and any future cellular phone number(s), e-mail address(es), or wireless devices(s) regarding any aspect of my student account, any other debt I owe the College, or to receive general information from the College. I authorize the College and its agents and contractors to use automated telephone dialing equipment, artificial or prerecorded voice or text messages, and personal calls and emails in their efforts to contact me. Furthermore, I understand that I may withdraw my consent to call or text my cellphone using automated telephone dialing equipment by submitting a clear revocation request to the Cashier’s Office or to the applicable contractor or agent contacting me on behalf of the College.

Updating Current Contact Information: I understand and agree that I am responsible for keeping College records up to date with my current physical addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers by following the procedure at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/registrationrecords/updateinfo. The linked procedure is incorporated herein by reference. Upon leaving the College for any reason, it is my responsibility to provide updated contact information for purposes of continued communication regarding any amounts that remain due and owing to the College.

Compliance with College Policies: I understand and agree that there are other policies regarding financial aid and I understand and agree that I will abide by the policies found at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/fin-aid/eligibility and incorporated herein by reference.

Failure to Pay College Financial Obligations: I understand that enrolled students may be prevented from course enrollment for future terms for past due financial obligations. Current students will have their debts offset against any credit balances and other proceeds, as allowed, such as loan checks. Current and former students will have a finance hold placed on their student account preventing them from adding classes.  

Collection Costs: I understand and accept that if I fail to pay my student account bill or any monies due and owing the College by the posted due date and fail to make acceptable payment arrangements to bring my account current, the College may refer my delinquent account to a collection agency. I further understand that if the College refers my student account balance to a third party for collection, whether an attorney or collection agency, I will be responsible for any costs (including but not limited to reasonable collection agency fees) associated with attempting to collect the monies due and owing. I understand that a collection fee will be assessed and will be due and owing in full at the time of the referral to the third party. The collection fee will be calculated at the maximum amount permitted by applicable law and may be based on a percentage not to exceed 33.3% of the amount outstanding. I acknowledge that the collection costs may not reflect the actual costs of collection incurred in the course of collecting the debt. If a lawsuit is filed to recover an outstanding balance, I shall also be responsible for any costs associated with the lawsuit such as court costs, attorneys’ fees, or other applicable costs. Finally, I understand that my delinquent account may be reported by a third-party collection agency to one or more of the national credit bureaus.

Returned Payments: I acknowledge that a return check/charge fee will be assessed to my student account for all eCheck (ACH) or paper checks processed as nonsufficient funds (NSF), or disputed credit card payment, or bad faith stop payment in accordance with New York law.

Financial Hold: I understand and agree that if I do not make payment for all charges on my student account, I may incur a financial hold which will prevent me from adding classes to my schedule or receiving my diploma.

IRS Form 1098-T: I agree to provide my social security number (SSN) or taxpayer identification number (TIN) to the College upon request as required by Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations for Form 1098-T reporting purposes. I understand that if I do not consent to receive my Form 1098-T electronically, a paper copy will be provided.

Governing Law, Venue and Jurisdiction: I agree that this agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of New York. I further agree that any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of or related to this agreement or the matters contemplated hereunder may be instituted in the County of Niagara and agree to submit to the jurisdiction of such courts.

Entire Agreement: This agreement supersedes all prior understandings, representations, negotiations and correspondence between me and the College and constitutes the entire agreement between the parties with respect to the matters described and shall not be modified or affected by any course of dealing or course of performance. This agreement may be modified by the College if the modification is signed by me. Any modification is specifically limited to those policies and/or terms addressed in the modification.

Severability: If any portion of this agreement is found to be illegal, unenforceable, or ineffective, that portion shall be deemed severable, and all other provisions, terms, and clauses of this agreement will remain valid and binding on the parties.

Miscellaneous: I understand and agree if I am younger than the applicable age of majority when I execute this agreement, the educational services provided by the College are a necessity, and I am contractually obligated pursuant to the “doctrine of necessities.” The agreement will remain in full force and effect for as long as I am enrolled in any class or program at the College, and therefore for as long as I owe any amount of money to the College. I understand that I can access and print a copy of the Student Financial Responsibility Agreement at https://www.niagaracc.suny.edu/tuition and that I can obtain a copy of this executed Agreement by writing to Cashier’s Office at cashier@niagaracc.suny.edu.

 Eligibility for Reversal of Charges

The Student Charges Reversal Committee will review requests received within one (1) year after the end of the term for which the tuition refund is requested. Requests must be submitted on the Student Charges Reversal Request (SCRR) form, signed by the student and include supporting documentation. Examples of supporting documentation are physician’s statement, military activation papers, death certificate, college withdrawal forms, documentation of communication used to support claim, etc.

The Student Charges Reversal Committee will review requests for reversal of charges that meet the following criteria:

  • Personal Emergencies - When a student has withdrawn through circumstances beyond his or her control, under conditions in which the denial of refund would cause undue hardship, the college may, in its discretion, determine that no liability for tuition and fees has been incurred by the student, provided the student has not received or will not receive academic credit for the term. The student must include written verification of the emergency. Examples of such emergencies are:
    • Death of the student, or death in the student’s immediate family (parent, sibling, offspring, spouse).

    • Medical incapacitation. Such instances require written proof from a medical professional.

    • Other circumstances that prevent the student from completing registered courses and are beyond the student’s control.

  • Military Duty - There shall be no tuition or fee liability for a student who is called to active duty prior to the end of an academic term, for those courses in which the student does not receive academic credit.  The student must submit proper certification of such military service from an appropriate military official
  • College Error - Tuition and fees collected in error or in amounts in excess of the required amounts may be refunded. Proof of error must accompany appeal

Since detailed information concerning procedures and dates for drop/add, withdrawal from school, and student charge liability schedules are widely publicized, the Student Charges Refund Committee will not consider requests that are not filed in compliance with these guidelines except for instances where such failure resulted from emergency situations beyond the student’s control.

Contact us: Contact the Cashier’s Office at 716-614-6443, or by email cashier@niagaracc.suny.edu.