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Policy 7-5-5: Institutional Student Fee Policy

WNC Policy 7-5-5
Procedure: Institutional Student Fee Policy
Policy No.: 7-5-5
Department: Finance & Administrative Services
Policy:

Assessing, expending, and adjusting student fees.

  • Section 1: General Conditions and Applicability
    • A. In addition to regular tuition and student fees, fees may be assessed to students for lecture and laboratory classes and other student fees. This includes the following fees:
    • B. Fees assessed to students must be approved in advance, and if relevant, identified in the schedule of classes.
    • C. Student and Special Course Fees are reviewed annually and if changed, approved in the manner outlined below.
    • D. Not charging an approved fee is possible if alternative funding becomes available.
    • E. This policy applies to courses for which regular tuition and student fees charged, and is not intended to control course fees charged for distance education, workforce services, or other self-support classes.
    • F. The appropriate director, dean, and/or vice president monitors expenditures and balances from fee accounts. College oversight of fee balances will be the responsibility of the vice president of finance and administrative services. As warranted, fee adjustments, including reductions, may be implemented.
  • Section 2: Definition and Use of Course Fee Revenue
    • A. Course fees are designed to cover costs included in the fee justification and consistent with Board of Regents policies governing that type of fee (i.e., course fees - equipment maintenance and replacement, consumable materials and supplies, field trips, applied music, clinical practice, etc.).
    • B. Course fees may be assessed to support projects that result in items retained by students (e.g., materials for a millwork or art project).
    • C. The amount of a course fee must be based on anticipated expenditures incurred on behalf of students or the service covered. Fees should cover only these expenditures, and fee amounts must not be approved to create excess revenues. Fund balances in the fee accounts will be monitored by the appropriate dean's and/or vice president's offices, and examined periodically to ensure that revenues are approximately equal to expenditures for approved expenditures.
  • Section 3: Student or Special Course Fee Adjustments and Approvals
    • A. Prior to submitting a proposal for a fee or a fee change, the appropriate academic director will review the justification for the fee. The results of the review will be part of the proposal.
    • B. Proposals for all new fees, changes in existing fees, and/or deletion of fees must be submitted in writing to the appropriate academic director and vice president on the fee request form. The request must include rationale and justification, explanation of how the amount of the fee was determined; the date of implementation or deletion; and the recommended amount of the fee. The request form, with approvals, is submitted to College Council for review and recommendation.
    • C. Recommendations of the College Council are forwarded to the President for final action by the first week of October. Unless otherwise approved, fee changes are effective the subsequent July.
    • D. No fee may be imposed without the President's approval, and if more than $50, not without Board approval.
    • E. For new courses offered with a course fee of $50 or less, temporary approval may be authorized by the President for a period not to exceed one year.
    • F. The office of the vice president for academic and student affairs is responsible for listing the correct, approved fees on class schedule publications and in PeopleSoft.
  • Section 4: Disclosure Requirements
    • A. The official listing of the approved student and special course fees is maintained in the office of the vice president of finance and administrative services.
  • Section 5: Review of Fees and Expenditures
    • A. During September of each year, the vice president of finance and administrative services will provide a copy of the student and special course fee master list to each academic director or responsible party. The area or individual responsible for the fee will review fee account fund balances. Further, the amount of the fee, the account to which fees are posted, and the expenditures from the fee accounts will be reviewed. Any adjustments will be initiated from this review by the director, dean and/or responsible party, including decreasing or eliminating the fee.
  • Section 6: Definition and Use of Technology Fee-Regular Revenue
    • A. Funds generated by the Technology Fee-Regular must be used directly for the betterment of the students’ educational experience. Funds may be used for any technology-related expenditure, including, but not limited to equipment, associated software and licensing, Internet and Web-related support, user services/help desk support, lab support, lab coordinators and assistants, electronic library media, enhanced instructional technology for classrooms and labs, and distance education/interactive video equipment and facilitators.
    • B. An annual report on the use of technology fee-generated funds is submitted to the Associated Students of Western Nevada (ASWN) and the Board of Regents.
    • C. The vice president for academic and student affairs has signature authority for this account.
    • D. The Technology Committee reviews all funding requests using to the following criteria:
      • 1. Does request fall under criteria for student technology fee funding as stated by the Board of Regents Handbook?
      • 2. Does request directly apply to the betterment of students' educational experience?
      • 3. How is the cost of the item(s) justified?
      • 4. What is the number of students/classes/programs affected?
      • 5. How urgent is the need? (e.g., this month, this semester, next semester, necessary to complete a project, etc.)
      • 6. Availability of ongoing/supporting costs for the life cycle of the technology
      • 7. Proposals will be prioritized based upon need when Technology Fee funds are limited.
  • Section 7: Definition and Use of Technology Fee-iNtegrate Revenue
    • A. Funds granted by the Technology Fee-iNtegrate must be used to directly to support the development and implementation of NSHE-wide student information, finance, and Human Resources applications. Funds may be used for the implementation of and support of the iNtegrate projects, including but not limited to support for functional and technical staff, technology costs, and costs for communication devices.
    • B. An annual report on the use of the funds is submitted to the Associated Students of Western Nevada (ASWN) and the Board of Regents.
    • C. The vice president for finance and administrative services has signature authority for this account.
Date Adopted and Dates Revised
Date Adopted April 10, 2009 Dates Revised February 12, 2013
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URL: http://www.wnc.edu/policymanual/7-5-5.php
Date Printed: September 19, 2014
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