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Student Fee Board Maintains Flat $265 Per-Semester Student Fee For 2021-22

The University Park Student Fee Board met Friday to finalize funding allocations for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters.

After a two-week voting process, the board came to a unanimous decision to maintain the flat fee of $265 per student per semester for the next academic year. For students who attend both the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters, this will be a $530 annual charge.

Student fees are reduced in the summer, depending on the number of credits taken by each student. For students taking more than nine credits, the fee will be $198.75. Students who take five to eight credits will pay $132.50, and students taking fewer than five credits will have a fee of $66.25.

The board also voted to implement the Environmental Sustainability Fund. This initiative focuses on encouraging environmentally friendly practices across campus. It begins with Penn State Transportation Services’ Bike Master Plan.

$170,000 was allocated to the master plan by the Student Fee Board, and $80,000 will be set aside for an ESF reserve.

Friday’s agenda also included the following breakdown of the student fee allocation:

Campus Recreation

2021-2022 allocation: $4,937,300 (1.8% increase from 2020-2021 allocation)

Paul Robeson Cultural Center

2021-2022 allocation: $233,000 ($35,000 increase from 2020-2021 allocation)

The Office of Student Activities

2021-2022 allocation: $1,870,534.75 ($279,013.75 increase from 2020-2021 allocation)

Student Programming Association

2021-2022 allocation: $1,037,750 ($3,000 increase from 2020-2021 allocation)

Homecoming

2021-2022 allocation: $132,658.75 ($485.75 increase from 2020-2021 allocation)

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee

2021-2022 allocation: $71,050 ($6,000 increase from 2020-2021 allocation)

University Health Services

2021-2022 allocation: $420,000 (same as 2020-2021 allocation)

Student Organization Support

2021-2022 allocation: $364,766 ($265,028 increase from 2020-2021 allocation)

Student Orientation and Transition Programs

2021-2022 allocation: $97,000 ($5,000 decrease from 2020-2021 allocation)

University Park Allocation Committee

2021-2022 allocation: $4,178,500 ($50,000 increase from 2020-2021 allocation)

Campus Programming

2021-2022 allocation: $157,500 ($4,500 increase from 2020-2021 allocation)

The Facilities Reserve

2021-2022 allocation: approximately $8,317,005 (value subject to change until final amount is decided by the board)

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