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SUNY Chancellor Recommends Tuition Hike for Fall

By Mark Scott

Albany, NY – Students at the University at Buffalo and other SUNY schools in New York finally know the tuition rate they will be charged, starting with the fall semester.

State University of New York Chancellor Robert King is recommending that tuition for in-state SUNY undergraduates be increased by 950 dollars a year starting this fall.

The new undergraduate tuition rate would be $4,350 dollars a year under King's proposal.

The SUNY board of trustees is expected to ratify it in a meeting on June 30.

The increase is the first for in-state SUNY tuition since 1995. Undergraduate tuition for out-of-state residents attending SUNY schools would increase by $2,000 per year, to $10,300 dollars.

Even with the increase, King said SUNY offers a "tremendous value." In January, the SUNY board had voted to recommend a $1,400 tuition hike.

Governor Pataki then lowered it to a $1,200-hundred dollar increase in his proposed budget. But it was the State Legislature that called for the $950 increase.