By Loydie Burmah |Staff Writer|
Campus-based mandatory fees appear in student account activity, yet most students are not aware of what these fees may imply.
The extra fees are actually necessary.
Although these fees seem costly – the total amount of campus-based mandatory fees is $1,077 per student each year according to the Tuition and Fees document provided by Student Financial Services for the 2013-2014 academic school year.
Campus fees are student-driven to meet needs that are not covered by state funding or tuition.
When a student logs on to MyCoyote to check account information and activity, a list of charged fees are displayed.
IRA (Instructionally Related Activities), Student Union, Student Success Fee, and much more contribute to additional student services.
“In general, all student-based campus fees have to go through a student advisory committee,” said Associate Vice President of Finance, M. Monir Ahmed.
Most students, however, are not properly informed about the implication of these fees, and more importantly, how services provided by these fees are essential to academic and personal growth.
“For example, student health fees provide basic health care services such as: immunization, preventative care, urgent care – as well as provide students with quick tips to help them refer to sources we don’t think about,” said Ahmed.
Ahmed further explained that implementing changes to fees are instituted one of two ways: student referendum or alternative consultation, such as student organization bodies and faculty.
“The administration and faculty are guiding, but [the] students are driving – to speak up with what they need,” added Ahmed.
This includes, but is not limited to: basic tuition fees, other system-wide fees, and campus-based mandatory fees.
Yearly mandatory fees for CSUSB students include: Student Body Center ($372), Health Services ($221), IRA ($146), Materials Services and Facilities ($177), and more.
Services provided by these fees have no relation to tuition cost and are supplemental programs to help foster student needs.
Compared to average campus-mandatory fees provided by all CSUs, San Bernardino costs are significantly lower.
For example, the Materials Services and Facilities fee is 28% lower than the CSU average, according to the 2013-2014 CSU Tuition and Fee Rates.
Student Success Initiative fee (SSI) at CSUSB is the lowest among CSU campuses, explained Ahmed.
“Student Success Initiative funds programs that, either create new options or enhance current abilities of students,” added Ahmed.
This includes, but is not limited to, vital tech services and projects, counseling and academic advising, and various other academic endeavors for unique student needs.
“[Campus-based mandatory fees] are for programs and services students aspire on campus, to enhance campus life and prepare them for post-graduate success,” said Ahmed.
Students can access policies.csusb.edu for more information about campus-based mandatory fees.