SUNY Fredonia, others to refund some students who paid higher tuition

The State University of New York Friday announced that approximately 20,000 notices will be sent to current and former students who may be eligible for a tuition refund as a result of paying non-resident tuition while eligible for the in-state rate between the fall 2007 and spring 2011 semesters.

Students who may be eligible will receive a notice from SUNY in the coming weeks.

Director of Public Relations at SUNY Fredonia, Michael Barone, said five students were identified as potentially meeting the criteria for refund. He said the number of out-of-state students is small. Two only attended one semester.

“All have been identified and refunded the difference (in tuition),” he said. From now on, those who meet the criteria will be charged the in-state rate.

Those who should have been charged in-state tuition are those who graduated from an approved New York State High School or received a GED in New York State; and attended one of the SUNY schools listed at any time from the fall 2007 to the spring 2011 terms; and paid the non-resident tuition rate (also called the out-of-state rate).

To receive any money, eligible students must submit a Claim Form by Sept. 4, 2013, to:

E-mail: classrefund@suny.edu; mail to Claims Administrator, SUNY Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany, NY 12246; or Fax (518)320-1544.

Along with SUNY Fredonia, affected campuses are: Albany, Alfred State, Binghamton, Brockport, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Canton, Cobleskill, Cortland, Delhi, Downstate Medical Center, Empire State College, Environmental Science & Forestry, Farmingdale State, Geneseo, Maritime, Morrisville State, New Paltz, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Optometry, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Purchase, Stony Brook, SUNYIT, and Upstate Medical University. SUNY community colleges, Cornell University, and Alfred University are not a part of this agreement.

The notices are being issued as a result of a recent class action settlement agreement in the case of Strum, et al. v. SUNY, et al., brought by two former Binghamton University students on behalf of themselves and other individuals thought to be eligible for a tuition refund in accordance with New York Education Law, section 355(2)(h)(8).

Also as a result of the agreement, SUNY has made its notices and publications on the costs of attendance clearer, so that going forward, students will be aware of their eligibility for the in-state tuition rate based on New York State high school graduation or GED.

Additional information is found on www.suny.edu/tuitionsettlement.