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.

Projects Funded

The following are just a few of the many activities funded by SAFee:

  • 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
  • Music and Entertainment: Mentalist Robert Channing, Comedian Tom Cotter, Native American Drumming and Dance with Frank LittleBear, and more

Process

To apply for funds, download the SAF Proposal Form, fill it out, and email the completed form to both Wanda Ochei (wlo103@psu.edu) and Barry Pawloski (bwp5236@psu.edu).

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 participating must complete the Agreement to Policies and Expectations Form and submit it prior to the date of the trip.

For more information on the Student Activity Fee and how to apply for funds, contact either Wanda Ochei  (wlo103@psu.edu) or Barry Pawloski(bwp5236@psu.edu).  You can also visit the University Park Student Activity Fee Board website.

If you are interested in being a part of the SAF committee, please complete the SAFee Committee Application and Guidelines Form and return it to the Student Affairs Office, Hayfield 101.

Information Technology Fee

The Information Technology Fee (IT Fee) funds a wide range of technology services for students, such as 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 (the “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. For more information about how this fee is working to bring you outstanding technology services and resources, please see the latest IT Fee Report published by University Park I.T. department.

If you have suggestions for how the IT Fee can be used to improve the academic environment at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, please give us your ideas by submitting an IT Fee Request Form.

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 through the Facilities Fee Request Form 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 Director of Student Services and Engagement (DSSE), and the Student Government Association (SGA) president. If all four agree that the application merits further investigation, the DBS will explore pricing to potentially implement 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 the SGA president and the DSSE); the DSSE; a representative of the Student Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate; the DBS; 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.