School of Management Student Fee

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we have a fee?

Tuition dollars are intended to support credit-bearing instructional programs. To be competitive, however, our students require a range of professional development experiences that go beyond the traditional classroom instruction. This fee will support the additional costs associated with providing this essential professional development experience.

How is the fee used?

The School of Management strategically supports student professional development and is committed to the conviction that professional engagement outside the classroom serves as a critical pathway for students to develop valuable skills, knowledge and competencies, while strengthening the communities in which they participate. Professional development enables students to effectively translate classroom instruction into broader professional capabilities, define their identities and strengthens community engagement as they prepare for citizenship in a rapidly changing world. It is accomplished through a partnership among faculty, staff, alumni, community organizations and the students themselves.

Who is charged the fee?

The fee is charged to any matriculating student with an approved major in the school that is registered for courses anywhere in the University. Fees are not pro-rated for part time status and they are not altered based on in-state or out-of-state status. The Professional Development and Engagement Program is available to all undergraduate and masters-level students enrolled in the School of Management’s state-operated degree programs.

Can a student waive the fee?

Yes, effective fall 2021, this fee was approved as non-mandatory at the campus-level. As noted above, the School of Management strategically supports student professional development and is committed to the conviction that professional engagement outside the classroom serves as a critical pathway for students to develop valuable skills. Professional development is key to management students’ development and growth throughout their program. Students who wish to request a waiver should send an email with the subject line “Fee waiver” to gsa@buffalo.edu. Include your preferred telephone number so that a staff member can reply to your inquiry. The deadline to request a fee waiver is October 1, 2021, per the school’s event calendar. After this date, fee waivers will not be accepted. For other billing questions, contact Student Accounts through their website or call 716-645-1800.

What if a student changes his or her major?

Requests for fee removal based on changes to major will be considered on an individual basis. Students must notify the school if they change their official major after the billing period begins so the fee can be removed.

Is the fee included in the cost of attendance for financial aid purposes?

This fee is included with tuition and other fees to determine a student’s total cost of attendance for financial aid. Questions about financial aid should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid, not the School of Management. Visit their website or call them at 716-645-8232.