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UB cancels midyear tuition hike; Out-of-state students get reprieve for fall

Out-of-state undergraduates attending the University at Buffalo won't be hit with a midyear tuition hike, after all.

And there won't be an additional fee of $37.50 for the fall semester, either.

UB decided not to tack on more tuition and fees for the fall semester, after conferring with officials from the State University of New York system.

"We received clarification from SUNY that it was too late in the semester to increase out-of-state tuition and charge the new fee," said UB spokesman John DellaContrada.

When Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo was in town last week to sign off on a $35 million grant for UB, it also triggered previously agreed upon concessions for UB, including raising tuition 10 percent for out-of-state undergraduates and charging a new $75 annual fee.

As a result, some 2,300 out-of-state undergraduates -- mostly international students -- would have been charged an additional $670 for the fall semester, even though the semester already has drawn to a close.

Likewise, all UB students would have been billed another $37.50 for the fall semester, as part of the new "Academic Excellence and Success" fee.

"The university has decided not to bill these charges for the fall 2011 semester," reads a notice sent out this week to UB parents and students.

Instead, the $37.50 fee and tuition hike for out-of-state undergraduates will kick in for the spring semester.

"We regret any inconvenience this may have caused," the notice continues. "Please be assured that new fees and increases in tuition will be used to improve the quality of your UB education. They will be invested in the hiring of new faculty and the creation of new and improved academic courses, programs and services."