Student Activity Fee Referendum

By Maureen Winney, director of alumni and student relations, Alumni and Student Relations

March 19, 2015

Women sitting around a table enjoying a meal at a conferenceEvery two years, we are required by the State University of New York to conduct a Student Activity Fee (SAF) referendum. Students vote to keep the fee mandatory or make it voluntary. While students from other SUNY schools pay as much as $150 per term, the current Empire State College fee is $25/term, the lowest and best value in SUNY.

Students who studied at a center or unit were invited to vote at their location and students who studied at a distance or at residencies voted by mail.

We are pleased to report that students voted by about 3:1 to keep the fee mandatory.

How do distance students benefit?

The fee benefits all students through the support/funding of student scholarships, commencements, academic conference travel, student newsletters and communiques, online benefits/services and now a new career development counselor.

All students, studying at a distance or otherwise, are invited to attend local-to-them events and activities, which also are in part supported by the fee.

We would love to hear your suggestions about possible student initiatives. There are many new student clubs forming and the SAF is directly responsible for the increase in those club activities. If you would like more information regarding student clubs and activities, please contact Lindsay Peck, associate director of alumni and student relations, at

The college thanks you for all of your great support!

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Layla Abdullah-Poulos

Anita DeCianni Brown

Bernell Frank Jr.

Heather Shalhoub

Maureen Winney

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