Included in student tuition is a mandatory Student Activity Fee (SAF) of $35 each semester. The SAF supports many student activities, events, and projects to enrich the curricular and co-curricular experiences of all students.

What can $35 do for you? Here is just a sampling of what the Student Activity Fee provides:

  • Fall Student Kick-Off
  • Non-Traditional Student Week
  • Spring Student Conference
  • Career Services
  • Student scholarships
  • Commencements
  • Student clubs and organizations
  • Student Government Association
  • Disaster Relief Funds
  • Student newsletter
  • Various student events, workshops and lectures

Have an idea for an event or student programming? Contact the Office of Student Life at

According to SUNY Policy: Student Activity Fees, a referendum must be held every two years to decide if the fee should remain mandatory.

The voting for the referendum was held from Monday, November 7 thru Tuesday, November 22, 2022. Students voted to keep the Student Activity Fee (SAF) mandatory, with more than 67% of voters in favor of the referendum.

As a result, the SAF will remain mandatory until 2024, at which time we will hold another referendum.


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The mission of SUNY Empire’s Student Accounts is to provide the best possible customer service to students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Contact 1Stop Student Services at:

800-847-3000 ext. 2285