The mandatory graduate student fee is currently $33.25. This fee is paid by all graduate students, unless they are eligible for a mandatory student fee waiver. Monies raised by this fee go toward the running of the Graduate Student Association and all of the programs and services that it offers.

SUNY Board of Trustee guidelines demands that every student association hold a mandatory student activity fee referendum every four years. Students are offered the choice: do you wish to retain a mandatory student activity fee or do you wish a voluntary student activity fee. The decision is based on a simple majority and at least 10% of the graduate student body must vote.

Unlike most other ever-escalating campus fees, the graduate student mandatory fee has not been increased since 1992.