Student Fees at Work

Student Fees at Work

Student Activity Fee

There is a modest fee that the University assesses students each semester of enrollment (the amount differs by number of credits scheduled). These fees are directed towards a pool of funds referred to as "Student Activity Fees" (SAFee). Students, as part of an organized club or as individuals, are welcome to submit requests to underwrite expenses associated with a special project, a planned trip, etc. A committee comprised of students, as well as one faculty and one staff member, review all proposals and choose which will be of greatest benefit to the student body. Examples of SAFee-supported proposals:

  • Fitness Club trip to Niagara Falls, Canada
  • Students For Justice Trip to Washington, D.C.
  • Nit-Li Arts Club Trip to Philadelphia
  • Religious Diversity Lecture Series
  • Musical and Entertainment: Mentalist Robert Channing, Comedian Tom Cotter, Native American Drumming and Dance with Frank LittleBear and more

These are just a few of the many activities sponsored by the SAFee. For more information on the Student Activity Fee and how to apply for funds, contact either Wanda Ochei or Greg Strazdus. Please send completed SAF Proposal forms to Wanda Ochei at wlo103@psu.edu, Michelle Yaple at mly11@psu.edu, and Greg Strazdus at gms5429@psu.edu.

SAF Proposal Form

For trips: An Event Intent Form must be completed and submitted along with the proposal when the request involves a trip. Once a proposal is approved for a trip, each student attending must complete the Agreement of Policies and Expectations Form and submit prior to the date of trip.

For more information on the Student Activity Fee please click on the following link for the University Park Student Activity Fee Board.

If you are interested in being a part of the SAF committee for the 2016-17 year, please complete the SAFee Committee Application and Guidelines form and return to Greg Strazdus, SGA President, at gms5429@psu.edu by September 7, 2016.

Information Technology Fee

The Information Technology Fee (IT Fee) funds a wide-range of student technology services such as campus computer labs, technology classrooms, computer networks, the IT Help Desk and Media Commons. The IT Fee also pays for printing in computer labs, the campus message board (Blue Screen), videoconferencing facilities and the wireless network. Other University-wide services, like library services and web based training modules are also funded using this fee. More information about how this fee is working to bring you the best technology services and resources, please see the webpage.

If you have suggestions for how the IT Fee can be used to improve the academic environment at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, please submit your ideas.

Facilities Fee

Penn State approved a student facilities fee to be implemented at the various campuses of the University beginning in Fall 2008. With the goal of enhancing the student experience, facilities fees are to be used to fund improvements and expansions to non-academic, recreational and multi-use space for students.

Funding Parameters

  • The Facilities Fee will not be used to support ongoing operational costs associated with any project.
  • The Facilities Fee will not be used to pay debt service.
  • The Facilities Fee will not be used to pay for rental agreements.
  • Monies raised from the Facilities Fee at a particular location will be used at that location.
  • Monies not used in a particular year will be carried over from year to year for use when enough funds are generated to complete an approved project. Interest will be credited (using the University's short term rate) on an annual basis to any unused funds.
  • New facilities or modifications to current facilities will be consistent with the campus' strategic and master physical facilities plans.

Process

Any student(s) can submit a request to utilize the facility fee that is consistent with the above parameters.The request will then be forwarded to the Director of Business Services/DBS, the Chancellor, the DSA and the SGA president: If all four agree this application merits further investigation, the DBS will explore pricing to potentially operationalize the submission before the entire Facilities Fee committee reviews the proposal. Broad student review/input is expected as part of the proposal procedure.

Each semester, the Facilities Fee committee meets to review these submissions. This committee is chaired by the Chancellor and is comprised of 3-5 student representatives (appointed by Student Government Association/SGA president & the Director of Student Services and Engagement/DSSE); the DSSE; a representative of the Student Affairs Committee of Faculty Senate; the Director of Business Services; the Director of Development; and the campus Financial Officer.

Projects Funded

The following are some examples of Facilities-Fee funded proposals:

  • Furniture for the Student Commons main lounge (supplemented by a grant from the V-P of Commonwealth Campuses).
  • Furniture in the basement lounge area of the technology Center.
  • Air hockey table in Student Commons.
  • Various pictures of Penn State (both University Park and our local campus) as a way to enhance Penn State pride.
  • Significant enhancements to the weight room in the Athletics and Recreation Building.
  • New, larger Nittany Lion
  • Outdoor furniture for the newly-developed plaza in front of the Student Commons.
  • Sound system enhancements in Science Center 101 for movie nights
  • Renovation of the first floor of the Student Commons for a new club space and computer lab.

Reporting

At least annually, a report will be made to the SGA about decisions rendered by the committee; email summaries will be sent via listserve to the entire student body.