Policy BT06 UNIVERSITY STUDENT COURSE-RELATED FEES AND SPECIFIC CHARGES

Policy Steward:  University Budget Officer

Contents:

  • Purpose
  • University Course-Related Fees and Specific Charges
  • Guidelines for Consideration of New University Student-Course Related Fees and Specific Charges
  • Guidelines for Consideration of Change In Existing Student-Course Related Fees or Specific Charges
  • Approval Process
  • Further Information

  • PURPOSE:

    To state the University policy pertaining to the approval and application of general funds student course-related fees, and to proposals for new, or changes to existing, student fees and specific charges, including Study Abroad embedded course and travel fees.

    UNIVERSITY STUDENT COURSE-RELATED FEES AND SPECIFIC CHARGES:

    New or modified student course-related fees and specific charges will be considered only when the level of service required exceeds that which can be reasonably committed by the University and expected by the student.

    This policy applies to proposals for new, or changes to existing, general funds student course-related fees and charges, including Study Abroad embedded course and travel fees. Upon approval, new or modified fees and charges will become effective on July 1 each year as a part of the regular general funds budget.

    Changes for fees and specific charges ordinarily will not be considered after the budget for the year becomes operative each July 1. In emergency situations, however, proposals for changes during the interim periods may be presented through channels to the University Budget Office for review and disposition on an exception basis.

    GUIDELINES FOR CONSIDERATION OF NEW UNIVERSITY STUDENT-COURSE RELATED FEES AND SPECIFIC CHARGES:

    A new student course-related fee or specific charge will be considered upon recommendation of the budget executive responsible for the unit proposing the fee. Fee proposals and specific charges endorsed by the Executive Vice President and Provost or Senior Vice President for Finance & Business will be considered for approval by the University Budget Officer.

    Review of proposed new fees and specific charges will be based at all levels on the following considerations:

    1. The fee or charge must be reasonable and equitable, and must not be an obstacle to those students who have need for access to the service;
    2. Fees and charges for services beyond basic levels must be posted, or otherwise be made known, to prospective users;
    3. The proposed fees and charges should not be presented as a means of increasing departmental income.

    New student fees, charges, or changes to existing fees in auxiliary enterprises or other restricted funds supported activities, will be submitted through established channels for review and approval of the Executive Vice President and Provost or appropriate Senior Vice President, or designee. Such proposals should be made as a part of annual budget submissions for such activities.

    Charges for attendance at cultural, entertainment, or athletic events are not considered to be student fees or charges in the above context and are governed by other policies. (See Policy AD15, Fees and Charges for Facilities and Services.)

    GUIDELINES FOR CONSIDERATION OF CHANGE IN EXISTING STUDENT COURSE-RELATED FEES OR SPECIFIC CHARGES:

    A change to an existing student course-related fee or charge will be considered upon the recommendation of the budget executive responsible for the unit involved. Changes for fees and specific charges which are endorsed by the Executive Vice President and Provost or Senior Vice President for Finance & Business will be considered for approval by the University Budget Officer.

    The review and approval for changes to course-related fees or specific charges will be based upon the following considerations and/or requirements:

    1. It must be shown that the service provided by the fee or charge cannot continue without a change. This should be illustrated via the submission of a financial analysis along with a narrative statement.
    2. The consequences of eliminating the student service should be indicated in the event the fee or charge is not approved and the service must be discontinued.
    3. The change to the fee or charge must not increase the price so as to be an obstacle to those students requiring the service.
    4. Changes to fees and charges must be posted, or otherwise be made known to the users.
    5. Changes to fees and charges should not be presented as a means of increasing departmental income.

    APPROVAL PROCESS:

    The unit requesting approval must complete and submit the form Submission of Proposal for New or Existing Student Course-Related Fees to the University Budget Officer, attaching all prepared supporting documentation.

    FURTHER INFORMATION:

    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the University Budget Officer.


    Effective Date: March 5, 2014
    Date Approved: March 4, 2014
    Date Published: March 5, 2014

    Most Recent Changes:

    Revision History (and effective dates, where known):

     

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