Frequently Asked Questions
- 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.
- 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".
- 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, HSRC and Childcare; Cultural Resource Centers, and many other services not listed here.
- 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 constitutional 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.
- For the 2016-2017 school year, each student enrolled full time pays $446.21 per term for Fall, Winter and Spring Terms. The Summer Term 2017 is $377.18
- 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.
- 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 year's fee. Then you can attend the SIFC Open Hearing and give your personal input 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 advertised 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.