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Tue Apr 2, 2013, 09:28 AM

Course Load: The Growing Burden of College Fees


by Marian Wang
ProPublica, March 29, 2013, 1:23 p.m.



At the University of California Santa Cruz, where tuition runs to nearly $35,000 for non-residents, students every year pay more than 30 additional fees including a small charge for what's billed as "free" HIV testing. Students at Oklahoma State University pay a handsome sum to attend one of the state's flagship schools, but they are also responsible for covering 18 different fees, including a "life safety and security fee."

The $100 "globalization fee" at Howard University is listed without explanation in the school's tuition and fees brochure. A school spokeswoman said the fee "supports internationalization initiatives" such as study abroad. Students pay the fee even if they have no intention of studying abroad themselves.

Worcester State University in Massachusetts, however, might have one of the most arresting fees. Students fortunate enough to be admitted face the challenge of paying the required tuition. But before they step foot on campus, they also will be hit with a fee to, well, step foot on campus. A portion of the school's "parking/pedestrian fee" goes to the upkeep of the sidewalks on campus.

Student fees have been something of a known irritant for years, often criticized as a kind of stealth, second tuition imposed on unsuspecting families. But such fees are still on the rise on many campuses. And though their names can border on the comical i.e., the "student success fee" there's nothing funny about how they can add up. .....................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.propublica.org/article/course-load-the-growing-burden-of-college-fees



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Tue Apr 2, 2013, 09:29 AM

1. du rec. nt

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 09:46 AM

2. I've been in this racket for 30 years and fees have in that time become a student tax.

Used to be you'd get hit with a fee for special classes like lab fees in science classes, which was defensible. The only one back then that was across the board was the student activities fee. Now we slap them with everything short of a 'fee payment fee.' The only other scam in education that comes close is the price of textbooks.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #2)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 10:10 AM

3. +1

 

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Apr 2, 2013, 10:16 AM

4. UGA-Institutional fee

 

AKA football fee-$1100

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