As announced August 7, 2020, the Services and Activities Fee (S & A) Committees and respective advisory boards have convened and reviewed previously approved fees for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students are key participants in our shared governance model, serving as leaders and representatives on these committees and advisory boards. This model provides partnership, equity, and accountability. Student involvement in the decision-making process for student fees is imperative and, in some instances, governed by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW). Decisions related to student fees impact access to programs and services as well as the maintenance of facility debt payments previously adopted by students through referendum.
While under review, campus committees and advisory boards were provided fiscal information, including statements related to debt service. Debt service refers to loan payments for capital projects such as facility construction, renovation, or repair. WSU students committed to future payments for the duration of the loans and WSU have a legal and fiduciary responsibility to maintain these payments. A significant portion of student mandatory fees are dedicated to debt service. Fees not allocated to debt payments are dedicated to staffing and operational expenses required to provide services both virtually and in-person such as advising for student organizations, fitness classes, medical and mental health appointments, food pantry operations, student success trainings and workshops, as well as insurance and maintenance expenses.
Recommendations provided by campus S & A fee committees and advisory boards were recommended and approved by the WSU Board of Regents on November 13, 2020, through President Schulz.
Pullman and Tri-Cities campuses have decided not to collect a portion of student fees. Students will see this adjustment on their account, applied to tuition and fees charged for the spring 2021 semester. Details for each fee and amounts are provided below.
All other campuses are committed to continuing their reviews of approved fees with the understanding that adjustments may be recommended for implementation next school year.
Pullman Fees with Reduced Collections
Not collecting $75 of the $984.08.
- The Chinook Building Fee was passed by student referendum and funded the construction and continued operations of the Chinook building. The fee of $98/semester is paid by only undergraduate students. Of the $98/semester fee, approximately $69 is dedicated to debt service. Not to collect $5.
- The Services and Activities (S&A) Fees require that a student led S&A Fee Committee, make recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding the fee itself, and the allocation of the fee to fund student programs and activities. Details about S&A Fee allocations can be found at student fees.wsu.edu. S&A Fees are governed by RCW 28B.15.041–045. The fee of $279/semester is paid by both undergraduate and graduate students. Not to collect $25.
- The Student Health Fee supports essential services, particularly those needed during a pandemic. For fall 2020, critical services will continue to be offered in a variety of forms, including telehealth and telemental health, same-day mental health, and the medical clinic. An annual debt payment for the Washington Building remodel is also pledged as part of this fee. The fee of $244/semester is paid by both undergraduate and graduate students. Not to collect $40.
- The Student Recreation Center (SRC) Fee was passed by referendum and funded the construction and continued operations of the SRC. Recreational services continue to be available through a complement of virtual programming, limited facility access, and classes for students. The fee of $157/semester is paid by both undergraduate and graduate students. Of the $157/semester fee, approximately $90 is dedicated to debt service. Not to collect $5.
Tri Cities Fees with Reduced Collections
Not collecting $146.50 of the $471 fall 2020 fees.
- The Services and Activities (S&A) Fees require that a student led S&A Fee Committee, make recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding the fee itself, and the allocation of the fee to fund student programs and activities. Details about S&A Fee allocations can be found at student fees.wsu.edu. S&A Fees are governed by RCW 28B.15.041–045. The fee is $256/semester Not to collect $64.
- Safety and Transportation Fee. The fee is $65/semester. Not to collect $32.50.
- Student Union Fee. The fee is $150/ semester. Not to collect $50.