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Student Fee Board Recommends $267 Per Semester Student Fee For 2018-2019

The Student Fee Board met Wednesday in the HUB to vote on its fee recommendation for the 2018-2019 school year. The Board voted to recommend a fee of approximately $267 per student per semester, or $23,964,761 total.

This is an increase of $9 from last year’s $258 fee, which the Board largely attributes to the fact that it’s funding both summers 2018 and 2019. Since the Student Fee Board was formed two years ago, it has increased student fees twice in a row. In the future, the fee will operate on a fall-spring-summer cycle, encompassing only one summer per approval cycle.

Over the past few months, the Fee Board has heard allocation requests from various administrative units on campus. Deliberation between members of the Board has occurred during closed meetings in the last few weeks.

“The reason why these were closed is because it’s a lot of…things that we didn’t necessarily feel needed to be open to the public,” Jordan said, explaining that the meetings were several hours long and parsed through a load of Excel sheets and employee salaries.

Here’s a breakdown of everything student fees will fund next year:

Facilities Fee Repayment

$9,460,000 per year

Student Health Center

$378,000 per year

HUB Debt

$1,358,007 per year

Campus Recreation

2017-2018 allocation: $57.19 per student/$4,732,232 total
2018-2019 request: $4,732,232 total (flat funding)
2018-2019 allocation: full funding of $4,732,232

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

2017-2018 allocation: $9.73 per student/$804,814 total
2018-2019 request: $804,814 total (flat funding)
2018-2019 allocation: full funding of $804,814

Student Legal Services

2017-2018 allocation: $413,000/$4.99 per student
2018-2019 request: $470,000 total ($57,000 increase)
2018-2019 allocation: full funding of $470,000

Bryce Jordan Center Ticket Subsidies

2017-2018 allocation: $225,000 total/$2.72 per student
2018-2019 request: $225,000 total (flat funding)
2018-2019 allocation: full funding of $225,000

Office of Student Activities

This request includes the Office of Student Activities, Homecoming, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee, and the Student Programming Association (SPA),  Due to the way the Student Fee Board has organized its requests, last year’s Student Activities allocation from the University Park Allocation Committee isn’t comparable to the way this year’s is submitted.

2017-2018 allocation: not comparable
2018-2019 request: $1,659,798.11 total
2018-2019 allocation: $1,619,490.86 (an increase of $1,409,150.86 from the previous year due to inclusion of SPA and MLK Day of Service and summer allocations)

Student Parent Child Care Subsidy

2017-2018 allocation: $206,362 total/$2.49 per student
2018-2019 request: $206,362 total (flat funding)
2018-2019 allocation: full funding of $206,362

Student Governments (assessed every three years)

UPUA: $138,566 total
GPSA: $59,540 total

Paul Robeson Cultural Center

2017-2018 allocation: $178,000 total/$2.15 per student
2018-2019 request: $200,000
2018-2019 allocation: $178,000 (no increase)

Center for the Performing Arts

2017-2018 allocation: $140,000 total/$1.69 per student
2018-2019 request: $220,000 total ($80,000 increase)
2018-2019 allocation: $195,000 ($55,000 increase)

Student Orientation and Transition Programs

2017-2018 allocation: $0.84 per student
2018-2019 request: $144,500 total, including both summers 2018 and 2019 (including $74,875 increase)
2018-2019 allocation: full funding of $144,500

LGBTQA Student Resource Center

2017-2018 allocation: $67,050 total/$0.81 per student
2018-2019 request: $76,000 total ($8,950 increase)
2018-2019 allocation: full funding of $76,000 total

Gender Equity Center

2017-2018 allocation: $39,000 total/$0.47 per student
2018-2019 request: $69,000 total ($30,000 increase)
2018-2019 allocation: $58,000 total ($19,000 increase)

University Park Allocations Committee

2017-2018 allocation: not comparable
2018-2019 allocation: $3,625,325 (actually a decrease since Homecoming and SPA are now included under the Office of Student Activities)

Creation of Enrollment Protection

This fund will protect against discrepancies between enrollment predictions and actual enrollment.

2017-2018 allocation: nonexistent
2018-2019 recommendation: $45,000 total
2018-2019 allocation: full funding $45,000 total

The fee level will be recommended to the Board of Trustees, which holds final approval over tuition and student fees. The recommendation will be considered at the Board of Trustees meeting in July.

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