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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Student Incidental Fees?

How do they show up on my bill?

What services are provided by the fee?

Can I opt out of certain fees I don't use?

How much is the fee?

Who decides how much the fee is?

How can I change or offer imput on how our fees are spent?

 

 

What are Student Incidental Fees?

  • Student/Incidental Fees are fees paid by every student enrolled at OSU to support student-led organizations, student government, provide more opportunities for students to further their education, and provide services to the student community that would otherwise be unavailable or affordable.

How do they show up on my bill?

  • Student Incidental Fees are collected by the OSU administration at the same time that tuition and other fees are assessed to your student account. They appear under the names "Incidental Fee" and "Health Fee".

What services are provided by the fee?

  • The fees collected provide students with access to Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, and RecSports (including Dixon Rec. Center and intramural sports); tickets to OSU football, basketball, baseball, and other university home games; various subsidies available through ASOSU and Our Little Village; Cultural Resource Centers, and many other services not listed here.

Can I opt out of certain fees I don't use?

  • Students cannot opt out of incidental fees. The entire student body paying into the pot makes it cheaper for everyone. If fees were optional it would cause a huge increase in the per-student fee and many services would likely have to be eliminated.  Additionally, it is consitutional for this mandatory fee to be instituted, even if it funds activities that you disagree with.  For more information, visit Southworth vs. University of Wisconsin Board of Regents for information on a series of legal battles that culminated in a Supreme Court ruling.

How much is the fee?

  • For the 2012-2013 school year, each student enrolled full time pays $447.57 per term for Fall, Winter and Spring Terms. The Summer Term 2013 is $320.10.

Who decides how much the fee is?

  • The fee level is determined by the Student Incidental Fees Committee (SIFC) during winter term each year. The committee is made up of seven (7) voting members. These include six (6) At-Large committee members elected from the student body in the annual general election as well as the ASOSU president. A representative from each house of the ASOSU Congress also sits on the committee in a non-voting, ex-officio role. Fee levels set by the SIFC are also subsequently approved by both houses of the ASOSU Congress, and then sent to the University President for approval.

How can I change or offer imput on how our fees are spent?

  • The student fee is created and monitored by students attending the university. The simplest way to make sure your voice is heard is to attend the open budget presentations that occur during winter term. At that time that you can hear how each of these budgets is spent and the anticipated level of next years fee. Then you can attend the SIFC Open Hearing and give your personal imput to the committee before final decisions are made. The committee encourages any and all students to attend this meeting and express their ideas and concerns regarding the fee. The Open Hearing will be advertized in advance on this website and in the Daily Barometer.
  • If you would like to have even more impact on the student fee, make sure you vote in the ASOSU general election held during the spring term. At that time the At-Large student members of SIFC are elected, as well as many ASOSU positions that have a significant impact on the committee and fee. If you would like to run for one of these elected positions, visit the ASOSU website for information on how to get on the ballot.