Council of Trustees increases student fees

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees approved increases in student fees at its March 13 meeting at IUP’s Punxsutawney campus.

Among the fees increased were mandatory fees such as the Student Service Fee and Wellness Fee; optional fees such as Orientation and Placement fees; Meal fees; and Indiana Residence Hall fees, according to the council’s docket report.

All fee increases will be effective beginning in fall 2014, according to the docket report illustrating the Revised Student Fee Proposal, and will be instituted throughout the 2014-15 academic year.

The mandatory Student Service Fee increased from $12 to $15, a 25 percent increase for undergraduate students and increased from $9 to $12, a 33 percent increase, for graduate students, the docket report said. The mandatory Wellness Fee also increased from $213 to $228, a 7 percent increase.

The Student Service and Wellness fees are among the highest increases approved at the meeting. However, this is not the first time the Student Service Fee has been increased.

As reported in an Aug. 26 article in The Penn, the combination of tuition and Student Service Fee increases resulted in a 4.9 percent increase for this 2013-14 academic year.

Tuition rates, according to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education spokesperson Ken Marshall, are set by the PASSHE Board of Governors, and all fees are set and instituted at the university level.

Meal fees, including on- and off-campus and summer-session rates, increased by 3 or 4 percent, according to the docket report. Residence Hall fees, including both Indiana and Punxsutawney campuses, increased by 5 or 6 percent.

The recently approved fees reflect those revised from the increases originally proposed at a December 2013 council meeting.