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SIUE fee changes and increases approved by board

The Southern Illinois University Board of Trustees on Thursday approved fee-related increases for the Edwardsville campus for the fall and spring terms of the 2018-19 academic year.

The changes made during the board’s meeting on the Edwardsville campus involved instituting a less-confusing General Student Fee (GSF) to replace the past piecemeal individual fee structure.

The consolidated GSF will charge a consistent amount per credit hour for undergraduate, graduate and professional students whether enrolled in on-campus, off-campus, online or hybrid courses. Effective fall 2018, the GSF will be $100.30 per credit hour, representing an increase of $3.55 (3.7 percent) over the $96.75 adjusted rate per credit hour from the previous year.

Programmatic increases will impact facilities, Information Technology Services (ITS), student programming, student government, student publications, Counseling and Health Services, Career Development Center and Intercollegiate Athletics.

The facilities increase will address updating campus buildings and infrastructure as seven major campus buildings constructed between 1965-79 are in need of internal systems updates. Renovating classrooms and offices will be among the projects.

The ITS increase allows the University to continually expand and enhance computing resources and the campus network infrastructure to satisfy the increasing demand, as well as maintain and support ITS services for faculty, staff and students.

Increases in student programming, student government, student publications, Counseling and Health Services, and the Career Development Center will support various programs and positions to better serve SIUE’s students. The Intercollegiate Athletics increase supports the annual operating expenses associated with SIUE’s evolution as an NCAA Division I program.

University Housing rates were approved to increase 3.0 percent, effective May 2018, and will offset inflationary cost increases projected at 2-3 percent, fund debt service payments and maintain adequate fund balances in housing operations.

Dining Services received a 3.0 percent increase per semester in the meal plan charges for residents living in residence halls on the mandatory meal plan. The rates were developed for the academic year effective fall 2018 to offset inflationary cost increases in labor and food.

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