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Fee Board Proposes Raised $274.74 Semesterly Student Fee For 2022-23 Year

The University Park Student Fee Board convened Friday morning to vote on a final fee recommendation for the 2022-23 academic year. The board will later pass the recommendation on to Penn State administrators for final approval.

The board recommended a $274.74 per semester per student fee — up from a $265 semesterly fee that stood for a few years. As always, the fee will scale smaller for summer students depending on how many credits they’re taking. Regardless, funds from the fee will help finance student-centered activities, services, facilities, and recreation across campus.

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

Standing Allocations

Student Legal Services

  • 2022-23 allocation: $485,000 (down from 2021-22’s $520,000)

Gender Equity Center

  • 2022-23 allocation: $117,182 (up from 2021-22’s $58,000)

Center For Sexual & Gender Diversity

  • 2022-23 allocation: $156,048 (up from 2021-22’s $147,838)

Paul Robeson Cultural Center

  • 2022-23 allocation: $206,000 (down from 2021-22’s $233,000)

Student Parent Child Care Subsidy

  • 2022-23 allocation: $154,772 (down from 2021-22’s $206,362)

Student Orientation & Transition Programs

  • 2022-23 allocation: $104,000 (up from 2021-22’s $97,000)

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

  • 2022-23 allocation: $1,071,908 (up from 2021-22’s $872,008)

Bryce Jordan Center

  • 2022-23 allocation: $175,000 (down from 2021-22’s $200,000)

Center For Performing Arts (CPA)

  • 2022-23 allocation for ticket subsidies: $175,000 (even with 2021-22)
  • 2022-23 allocation for opportunity fund: $30,000 (even with 2021-22)

Campus Recreation

  • 2022-23 allocation: $4,937,809 (even with 2021-22)

University Park Allocation Committee

  • 2022-23 allocation: $4,178,500 (even with 2021-22)

Office Of Student Activities

  • 2022-23 allocation: $1,855,642 (down from 2021-22’s $1,870,534.75)

Student Farm

  • 2022-23 allocation: $215,800 (up from 2021-22’s $200,000)

University Park Undergraduate Assocation (UPUA)

  • 2022-23 allocation: $139,629 (up slightly from 2021-22’s $139,628.55)

Graduate & Professional Student Association

  • 2022-23 allocation: $59,542 (even with 2021-22)

Council Of Commonwealth Student Governments

  • 2022-23 allocation: $5,000 (even with 2021-22)

New Fee Requests

University Health Services

  • 2022-23 allocation: $315,000 (down from 2021-22’s $420,000 for pilot program funding)

Lion’s Pantry

  • 2022-23 allocation: $150,300

Sustainability Institute

  • 2022-23 request (not allocated): $90,500

Student Disability Resources

  • 2022-23 request: $65,000

Office Of Graduate Educational Equity Programs (OGEEP)

  • 2022-23 recommendation: $162,371

Equity Fund

  • 2022-23 request: $400,000

Facilities

Lion’s Pantry Renovations Phase 2

  • 2022-23 recommendation: $34,964
    • The board’s recommendation is far below the request, which topped out at $165,855.49. In its presentation, the Fee Board said it couldn’t support further funding since the project already receives committed funding and starts before the beginning of the new fiscal year.
    • Approved funding will still support some renovations efforts, including new shelving and required labor.

HUB Reserve

  • 2022-23 recommendation: $200,000 (even with 2021-22)

Environmental Sustainability Fund

  • Project 1 Recommendation
    • Sustainable Landscapes Master Plan & Phase One Implementation (Eco Action Proposal): $75,000 request
  • Project 2 Recommendation
    • Design for a Sustainable Multi-Use Engagement Space On the Student Farm: $200,000 request

Facilities Debts

  • HUB Expansion (started in ~1999)
    • Annual contribution: $122,124
    • End date: 2022-23 year
  • Health Center (started in ~2003)
    • Annual contribution: $268,959
    • End date: 2037-38 year

Facilities

  • 2022-23 recommendations:
    • SDR: $1.6 million
    • HUB Affinity Group: $10 million
    • Two “feasibility studies” to support HUB Expansion and Wellbeing Building plans
      • The studies aim to help future Fee Boards make informed decisions about large-scale projects.
  • Reserve: $9,908,168

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