Frequently Asked Questions
When will my payment be due?
Payment due dates for the Fall and Spring semesters are on the 15th day of the month.
If you are an incoming new student and you attended a summer orientation program or you are a returning student early registered
for courses before the billing date, your payment will be due approximately two weeks
prior to the start of the semester. If you choose to late register, you will be billed
the first week of school and payment will be due approximately 14 days later. Payments
received after the due date are considered late and will be assessed an additional
LatePayment/AdministrativeFee of $30 for a balance due of $30 or more, or $10 for
a balance due of less than $30. You are required to pay for Summer and J-Term at the time you register in order to
reserve your courses.
Can I pay in installments?
For Fall and Spring semesters, you may choose the from the Fredonia Installment Payment Plans (FIPP) offered online to students through 'Your Connection' and to authorized users through
the TouchNet E-Services links. Several payment plans are available. For a minimal processing fee included
with your first payment, you may choose from several payment plans with the account
paid in full approximately 6 weeks after the start of the semester. If you have any
other questions regarding the FIPP options, please call the Student Accounts Office. Another option you have before
we post your first eBill is to pre-pay towards a future term.
How will I know what my account balance is?
Fredonia is continually searching for ways to take full advantage of technological
resources to communicate with our customers. Using 'Your Connection' to access your e-services, you may view your account summary, current activity and
payment history. You are not assessed charges until after you have selected courses
and prior to the first bill. Once eBills have been posted to your account, you will
receive a notice at your firstname.lastname@example.org address. Additionally, if you have signed
up authorized users to pay bills on your behalf, they will also receive email notices
when the eBill is posted. Sign up your authorized users by following the online payment eBill
links through 'Your Connection'. More information on electronic services can be found
by following the eBill and ePayment. If you forget your email or 'your connection' user IDs, PIN or Password, visit the
FredQuest knowledge base for some frequently asked questions and answers.
What if I change my mind after I have registered for courses?
- Prior to the start of the semester, new students should inform the Admissions Office
at (716) 673-3251.
- Returning students should complete the Withdrawal/Non-Returning form and submit it as soon as possible to avoid financial liability. Contact the Student
Affairs Office at (716) 673-3271 if you have any questions.
- After the start of the semester, all students must complete the Withdrawal/Non-Returning
form. Any delay in completing the proper withdrawal request form may result in additional
- Never just walk away. You must officially withdraw. You are financially liable as soon as the semester begins. A Refund Schedule is in effect to reduce tuition if you withdraw during the first four weeks of the
Fall & Spring semesters. Summer and J-Term withdrawal calculations correspond to the
shorter semesters. Due to strict federal regulations governing the use and distribution
of Title-IV financial aid, aid recipients will jeopardize their eligibility if withdrawal
from college takes place before completing 60% of the semester. You are advised to
consult with the Director of Student Accounts or with a financial aid advisor to discuss
your individual case.
Why isn't my tuition calculated using the resident rates?
Non-residents of NY state and students that have inconsistent resident data, as identified
by the Application Services Center, will be charged the out-of-state rate. Basic eligibility
for in-state tuition is determined by the student's domicile which must have been
in New York State for a period of at least one year immediately preceding the time
of registration. Your domicile is the fixed and permanent home to which you intend
to return whenever absent. The sole purpose of attending college does not meet your
domicile requirement. Review the SUNY Guide to Resident Tuition Policy carefully to determine your eligibility. If you think you are eligible for the change
in resident status, you must submit the completed Application for New York State Residency Status for Tuition Billing Purposes prior to the start of the semester. You will also need to attach documentation. Individuals
who are financially dependent will be eligible for in-state rates if the custodial
parent lives in the State of New York. Refer to the SUNY policy for exceptions to
the domicile rule including military personnel and their dependents and in some cases,
non-resident students who graduated from a NYS high school within the last 5 years.
Please direct all of your questions concerning residency to the Director of Student
Accounts prior to the start of the semester.
My Financial Aid is more than my direct university charges. When will I receive my
Financial aid is applied in a first-in, first-applied order and refunds are not generated
until your student account is paid in full. Since refunds are not always readily available
during the first four weeks, it is advisable to have other personal funds to pay for
your indirect expenses, such as your rent if you are living off campus or to pay for
your books if you choose not to take advantage of the Debit Account option. Refund checks are made payable to you, the student, with the exception of
parent PLUS loans. Instead of a check, you may choose to have your refund direct deposited
into your savings or checking account. Authorization forms can be picked up in the
Student Accounts Office or you can download the Direct Deposit Authorization form from our website. FSA offers a short term advance for a minimal fee so you may borrow
based on your expected refunds from approved aid. When you are estimating your cost
of attendance, refer to the Cost Fact Sheet from the Financial Aid Office as it will help you to understand the university charges and indirect expenses you
may want to consider in your budget.
I applied late for my aid! I was selected for verification! What if my financial aid
is not approved before my bill is due?
Until you submit the required paperwork to the Financial Aid Office, your financial aid will not be approved. You may use one of the Fredonia Installment Payment Plans (FIPP) and make your payment by the due date to buy some time. Once the next payment is
due, your financial aid may be approved so you could defer your balance at that time.
If you choose not to pay your bill by the due date, you will be assessed an additional
LatePayment/AdministrativeFee of $30 for a balance due of $30 or more, or $10 for
a balance due of less than $30. Any aid awarded to you after your account is paid
in full will be refunded to you once we receive the funds.
What does it mean to have a Hold on my account?
Following SUNY policy, a HOLD is placed on a student's records preventing registration
for a new term and withholding official transcripts (including diplomas) until all financial obligations have been paid. You can view
your hold status via Your Connection. Holds are posted to students' accounts prior to the start of early registration
for the next academic period.
What is the Student Services Fee?
This mandatory comprehensive fee is subject to approval by SUNY administration and
once approved is charged to every enrolled student based on a per credit hour rate,
regardless of residency or level. The funds are used to finance activities and services
that benefit the student body and campus. As a student receiving credit from Fredonia,
the required payment of the Student Services/Program Charge supports programs and
services provided to all registered students, whether or not they choose to take advantage
of those opportunities. This fee is charged each semester. The Student Services Fee
for a fulltime student contains the following components and anticipated amounts:
Student Activity Fee $102.00, Technology Fee $217.00, Athletic Fee $159.00, Transportation
Fee $57.50, Health Center Fee $178.50 and Enhanced University Services $75.50 including
Campus Community Bus, Onsite Medical Care, Prescription Medications, Career Development
Services, Campus Internet Access, Campus Microcomputer Labs, College Lodge, Discount
Coupons at Area Merchants, Intercollegiate Athletic Sports Programs, Homecoming Weekend
Events, Parking Shuttle Bus, Student Parking, Transcripts, Blue Devil Fitness Center,
Box Office and many other services for all Fredonia students. A more complete list
can be found in the College Catalog.
Oh no!! My check bounced! What happens now?
Unfortunately, checks bounce for several reasons: non-sufficient funds, closed accounts
and data entry errors you made when typing in your bank and routing numbers are the
most common. A $20.00 returned check charge is assessed at the time your payment is
removed from your account. You may also be charged a LatePayment/AdministrativeFee
in the amount of $30.00 for a balance due of $30.00 or more, or a $10.00 fee for a
balance of less than $30.00. This is in addition to the fee your bank charges you!
A very costly mistake...and you may be restricted to future payments by cashier's
check or money order if it occurs more than once. Contact our office with any questions
you may have.
Tell me about vehicle registrations and parking fines!
There is no additional charge to students for parking on campus. If you will have
a vehicle on campus, it must be registered and you must follow the parking regulations.
You have many opportunities to satisfy this requirement. If you are a returning student,
you will receive a renewal form during the summer. New students will have the opportunity
at Orientation. During the first week of the FALL semester, you may register your
vehicle in the Multipurpose Room in the Williams Center. Any other time, vehicles
can be registered at the Student Accounts Office/Parking Unit at 306 Maytum Hall.
You may want to download the Vehicle Registration form and return the completed form to the Parking Unit in exchange for your vehicle registration
sticker. Be sure to read the Parking Regulations. Students will be put on Hold for unpaid parking fines prior to the start of early
Where are the ATM machines on campus?
The Fredonia Federal Credit Union has an ATM machine in each of these locations - Steele
Hall, Fenton Hall, Williams Center, Thompson Hall and University Commons. Lakeshore
Savings and Loan has an ATM machine in the following location - McEwen Hall, Williams
Center and Gregory Hall. M&T has an ATM at University Commons. M&T Bank is our official
bank and will cash your Fredonia refund checks with proper ID.
I applied for graduation! What things should I be thinking about?
- Update your Permanent address to ensure you receive your diploma, refunds and any
other pertinent information.
- Clear your records because a HOLD may jeopardize your right to graduation, diplomas
and transcripts. Financial obligations including unpaid charges, fines or FSA advances
must be cleared. You will see your holds on 'Your Connection'.
- If you had a Federal PERKINS loan, exit interview information will be sent to you
prior to the end of the semester. It must be completed before you graduate.
- Know your debt and your debt load as well as what it takes to be an educated consumer
with good credit. Visit the Financial Aid site for information regarding Financial Literacy.
- Other things you may want to consider: visit Career Development, join the Alumni Association,
visit the Book Store for your Alumni bumper sticker, etc.