FAQ: Student-Alumni Programming Fee

What is the Student-Alumni Programming Fee?
This is a refundable $15/semester fee assessed to undergraduate students that enables the Office of Alumni Engagement to enhance and increase programs related to networking, traditions, school spirit and class affinity.

What do we get for $15/semester?
The alumni office organizes a number of programs where Binghamton alumni provide career advice, mentoring, job shadowing opportunities and, sometimes, internships to current students. Revenue generated through the fee has allowed the alumni office to develop new programs on and off campus and serve more students.

For example, during the 2018-19 academic year, we were able to expand Connect: New York City programs during winter recess, increase our program offerings in Boston and Washington, and fly a group of students to the Silicon Valley for employer visits and a networking session. In the 2019-20 academic year, we expanded, rebranded and relaunched our student-alumni mentoring program, now called Mentor Match. We also offered the Grad Career Festival and LinkedIn Learning to the Class of 2020 graduates.

One hundred percent of the money raised through the fee supports our student-alumni programming. And, students have a voice in creating our programming by participating in the Fleishman Alumni Network (FAN), which works in close partnership with the alumni office.

Why ask us for more money? Can't the state cover it?
As you've probably heard, funding from the State of New York covers a very small amount of the costs associated with providing you with a Binghamton University education. The same could be said of the state's ability to support student-alumni programming. We are in a climate of declining resources, and the alumni engagement office is underfunded given the size of our University and alumni body.

Why do I have to pay this fee?
You actually don't have to; the fee is - and always will be - refundable because we don't want the fee to be a burden to students. If you'd like to opt out, complete and submit our refund form. This must be done each semester; Division of Advancement policy does not permit a single, universal opt-out of the fee.

What is the deadline to request a refund of the fee?
The deadline to request a refund is six weeks from the first day of classes each semester. For the 2020-21 academic year, the deadlines are Oct. 7 for fall semester and March 1 for spring semester.

How will I receive my refund?
Your refund check will be mailed to the address you provide on the refund request form. Please note that once you receive your check, you must cash it within 90 days of the date printed on the check. You will receive an email notifying you that your refund has been mailed.

If I don't pay the fee, can I still participate in alumni programs for students?
For many of our programs, the answer is "yes." However, some programs will have limited capacity. In fairness to students who choose to pay the fee, we will give them priority.

Is Binghamton the only school that has a student-alumni fee?
No, similar fees had already been established at a number of SUNY schools. The amount we charge at Binghamton is either the same or nearly equal to other public institutions across the state. Just as with tuition, the fee is significantly less than what you'd encounter if you attended a private institution.