Question: I wish to go to SUNY Stony Brook University and I saw that they have a transportation fee. They have it aside from tuition. Is it required to pay the transportation fee if I am to own my own car? And besides tuition, do I have to pay for other things besides taxes, for example: Room & Board, and Books & Supplies? Thank you and hope to get a reply.
The transportation fee at Stony Brook is required for all students, even those with their own cars. It covers many things such as the free campus buses, which you may or may not use. But, in addition, a portion of these fees goes toward maintaining the parking lots that you will use for sure, if you’ll be commuting.
You do not have to pay for room and board if you won't be living on campus. Books and supplies are personal expenses, so costs will vary. In other words, you are responsible for purchasing necessary texts and other materials, but there is no definite bottom line for these. Enterprising students can often buy cheap(er) second-hand books and supplies. There are now a number of eBooks, too, that might meet your needs and your budget.
If you decide to go to Stony Brook, ask current students about “insider” tricks that they’ve used to minimize expenses.