PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Help Manage $40 Million As A Member Of The Student Fee Board

Penn State’s student governments put in months of hard work and it’s all coming to fruition — the University Park Student Fee Board is finally here. UPUA President Terry Ford and GPSA President Kevin Horne (also an Onward State editor) sent an email to students yesterday announcing the board’s official formation and asking students to apply to be one of the five at-large members.

The Student Fee Board will manage the recently created Student Initiated Fee, which combined the Student Activity Fee and the Facilities Fee that students formerly paid into one. President Barron approved the Student Initiated Fee earlier this year, but student governments had been working on it more than a year prior to that.

Starting with the 2016-17 school year, full-time students paid $960 in one, consolidated fee. Previously, students paid three separate fees for student activities, facilities, and a third called the Information Technology Fee (in addition to tuition). The latter of the three is now worked into tuition instead.

The Student-Initiated Fee will generate $40 million, which the Student Fee Board will allocate. The board will determine how much students pay for the fee (with the ability to raise or lower the fee) and decide how the fee is spent. Having the fees combined into one will provide more transparency as to where students’ money is going and will allow a smoother funding flow.

The Student Fee Board will consist of both student government-appointed members and at-large members. The application process involves the intent to bring diverse opinions to the table. Those interested in applying for an at-large spot on the Student Fee Board can do so here. Applications are open now through Friday, November 4 at 5 p.m.

Ultimately, the Student Initiated Fee will optimize how student money is spent, and members of the Student Fee Board will represent tens of thousands of their peers in collecting and allocating millions of dollars. It’s a unique opportunity for a direct say in how things are done.

About the Author

Lexi Shimkonis

Lexi is an editor-turned-staff writer who can often be found at either Irving's or the Phyrst (with the chances she'll have her backpack being the same). Lexi is a senior hailing from Spring City, PA (kind of) and studying Civil Engineering. Please email questions and/or pleas for an Instagram caption to [email protected], or for a more intimate bond, follow her on Twitter @lexshimko.

Comments

More by Lexi

A Special, Precious, & Eventful Experience: Lexi Shimkonis’ Senior Column

“And here in this lovely, intriguing spot called Penn State, each of us staked our own special, precious, and eventful life.” — Ross Lehman

Homecoming To Replace King And Queen With Gender-Neutral Court

[Video] An Interview With Line Dance Leader Gina DeFrancesco

Athletics

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Russ Rose’s Nittany Lions won’t play a single home match in September, electing to test themselves against teams like Stanford and Oregon early in the season.

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Penn State Hockey Commit Evan Bell Wins Clark Cup With USHL’s Fargo Force

Center Ludvig Larsson Transfers To Penn State Hockey From Merrimack

Student Life

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

With two Penn State Esport teams in the top eight, the odds of winning the National Championship were ever in our favor.

Road And Utility Work Impacting Penn State This Summer

Where Do Penn Staters Move After Graduation?

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Carr underwhelmed in the agility tests and the scrimmage, but impressed scouts with his sharp-shooting skills.

We Are Royalty: Meghan Markle Is A Penn State Fan

Penn State fans are everywhere, even in the British royal family.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

With two Penn State Esport teams in the top eight, the odds of winning the National Championship were ever in our favor.

Send this to a friend