Student Fees

Student fees are established under the provisions of MnSCU Policies 2.8 and 5.11. Specific procedures for student fees at Southwest Minnesota State University follow:

Student Fee Collection and Disbursement for 2013-2014 Academic Year

The following method and level of fee assessment will be in effect:

I. Student Activity Fee

Students enrolling in credit courses offered by Southwest Minnesota State University on campus will be assessed the following:

Student Activity Fee Per Semester:  $8.30 per credit hour up to a max of $99.60

A.  50% Refund: Students who meet certain qualifications are eligible to apply for a 50% refund of student fees. Student fees eligible for the 50% refund include the Student Activity Fee, Student Center Facility Fee, Technology Fee, Health Services Fee, Maintenance Fee, and Athletic Fee. Students who meet one of the following criteria are eligible for the refund:

1. Student Teachers: All student teachers enrolled only for student teaching credit, who are doing their student teaching in locations 40 or more miles from your home campus are eligible for the 50% refund of fees.
2. Interns: Students enrolled only for internship credit, when the internship is located 40 or more miles from your home campus, are eligible for the 50% refund of fees.

 

The refund form is available for download here. The form must be submitted to the Office of Business Services within the term you are enrolled in the student teaching or the internship.

B. Distribution

Monies from student fees will be distributed for the Fiscal Year 2012 as follows:

Student activity Fee Administrative Expense Fund: 4.25%
Student Activity Fee Fund: 74.09%
Student Activities Operating Fund: 22.66%
Reserve: 0%
Total: 100%

C. Budget Estimates

The budget estimates to be used in planning for the 2011 fiscal year are as follows:

Student Activity Fee Administrative Expense Fund $16,700
Student Activity Fee Fund $290,739
Student Activities Operating Fund: $85,000
TOTAL $404,404

The Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee will allocate a maximum of $397,419 to the Student Activity Fee Fund. If revenues fall below estimated amounts, distribution will be reduced based on percentages in section I.B. above.

D. The Associate VP for Student Affairs shall be responsible for developing the procedures to be used to implement the above collection, refund, and disbursement procedures.

II. Student Center Facility Fee

Students enrolling in credit courses offered by Southwest Minnesota State University on campus will be assessed the following Student Center Facility Fee Per Semester:  $11.13 per credit hour up to a max of $157.56.

III. Student Health Services Fee

Students enrolling in credit courses offered by Southwest Minnesota State University on campus will be assessed the following Health Services Fee
Per Semester: $3.70 per credit hour up to a max of $44.40.

IV. MSUSA Dues

Students enrolling in credit courses offered by Southwest Minnesota State University on and off campus will be assessed the following fee for MSUSA (Minnesota State University Student Association) dues in accordance with MnSCU Policies:
Per Semester:
$.43 per credit hour for 1-11 credits
$6.45 for 12-18 credits
$.43 per credit for each additional credit

V. Technology Fee

Students enrolled in credit courses offered by Southwest Minnesota State University will be assessed the following Technology Fee in accordance with University policy. This fee provides for student support activities including but not limited to technology infrastructure, computer labs, wireless networks, ongoing technology support and software licensing.

Per Semester:
$10.00 per credit hour for 1-11 credits
$155.00 for 12-18 credits
$10.00 per credit for each additional credit

VI. Athletic Fee

Students enrolled in credit courses offered by Southwest Minnesota State University located on campus will be assessed the following Athletic Fee. For this fee students will receive free admission to all regular season athletic contests and use of the SMSU Fitness Center. The Athletic Fee is charged only during Fall and Spring Semesters.
Per Semester:
$4.00 per credit hour up to a max of $48.00

VII. Maintenance Fee

Students enrolled in credit courses offered by Southwest Minnesota State University will be assessed the following maintenance fee:
On Campus/web students per Semester:
$2.00 per semester credit hour 1-11 credits
$31.00 for 12-18 credits
$2.00 for each additional credit
Off-campus students per semester:
$1.00 per semester credit

VIII. Graduation Charge

Students enrolled in credit courses offered by Southwest Minnesota State University will be assessed the following graduation charge:
Per semester:
$.18 per credit hour up to a max of $2.16

Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC)
A. Members of the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) shall be appointed by the SMSU Student Association Senate.
The voting chairperson appointed by the SAFAC Committee from within the Committee is to be the communication link with the Student Association. If any member resigns, the new member will be appointed by the Student Senate to fill the empty position. The President of the University will assign, in consultation with the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee, administrative staff as non-voting resource persons for the Committee.
B. The SAFAC will be charged with:
1. Reporting Student Activity Fee Allocations to the Student Senate annually and then submitting the recommendations of the SAFAC Committee to the President.
2. Consultation with the Senate in re-viewing the fee rate structure for the collection of student fees at SMSU.
3. The Committee shall have its allocation report to the Student Senate by May 1 of the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year for which the allocation is being made.

Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) Budget Process Annual
A. All recognized clubs and organizations or academic co-curricular activities may submit annual budget requests to the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee, and the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee will make annual percentage allocation recommendations to the President for such groups.
B. The following areas will be guaranteed student activity fee monies:
1. William Whipple Gallery (Art)
2. Intramurals
3. Music
4. The Spur
5. Speech Activities and Theatre
a. Forensics
b. Radio and TV
c. Theatre
6. Student Association
a. Student Association
b. Student Activities Committee
C. If the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee determines any of these areas needs to receive more than a 5% budget reduction from the preceding fiscal year, it may recommend an allocation decrease to the President. No more than a 5% budget reduction may take place without prior approval from the President.

Student Activity Fee Funded Activities
Student fees provide for an essential dimension to the collegiate environment and experience. The fees are allocated for the Student Activity Fee Administrative Expense, Student Activity Fee Fund [from which the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) allocates to various campus organizations], Student Activity Operating Fund, (See also: Student Activity Fee Allocation Commit-tee (SAFAC) Budget Process - Annual above.)
Art, Intramurals, Music, the Spur, Forensics, Radio and TV, Theatre, Student Association, and Student Activities Committee are guaranteed funding from the student activity fee. All student clubs and organizations must register with the Center for Student Leadership and Involvement Office by the first 30 days of the academic year or their accounts and other “registered” privileges are frozen/suspended until they have. Organizations that register after the last class day of the Fall Semester will receive 50% approved funding. The SAFAC determines the allocation to these activities as well as all other recognized student clubs and organizations or academic co-curricular activities, based on budget requests and funds available for the academic year.
Organizations may not use student fee collected funds for individual person gain, or for activities of which the primary function is to provide specific gain for an individual, or a cause that is not in accordance with the recognized purpose statement as defined in the University approved club/organization‘s constitution.
For your information, a brief description of these activities follows as well as a breakdown of the allocations for various campus organizations for the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
If you would like further information regarding these SAFAC allocations, contact the Assistant Director of Student Activities, at Student Center 219, 537-6394.

Athletics
FH 323, 537-7271
The athletic conference for both men’s and women’s athletics is the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), and for wheelchair athletics it is the Central Intercollegiate Conference (CIC). The University also has affiliation with NCAA II.
Men’s Intercollegiate Athletics: The SMSU Men’s athletic program includes the following sports: football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.
Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics: The SMSU women’s athletic program includes the following sports: volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis, softball, golf, cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field.
Co-ed Intercollegiate Athletics: The SMSU co-ed athletic program includes the following sports: wheelchair basketball.

Intramurals
537-7229
Southwest Minnesota State University‘s intramural program includes men‘s, women‘s, and co-ed sports. The activities offered include flag football, basketball, slow pitch softball, tennis, volleyball, co-ed sand volleyball, mud volleyball, badminton, aerobics, water aerobics, racquetball, and many other special events. You may sign up for each event on the roster sheets in the Residence Halls or in the Intra-mural Office, RA 118. If you participate in intercollegiate athletics, you are ineligible for that corresponding intramural sport. The Intramural Office also offers officiating jobs in the various sports to qualified students. Students and staff at SMSU are allowed to use the PE facilities whenever they are scheduled for free-time use. The swimming pool, racquetball courts, running track, and gymnasium are available on a regular basis for SMSU free time use.

William Whipple Art Gallery
BA 291, 537-6266
Student Activity Fees help to fund the William Whipple Art Gallery that is located on the first floor of the Library. The gallery serves to promote an interest in art by display-ing a large variety of exhibits. Works by the students and faculty at SMSU, we well as works by regional, national and international artists, are periodically displayed in the gallery for the viewing enjoyment of the community. Visit the Library’s home page for information on open hours http://www.smsu.edu/Library

Music
FA 126, 537-7103
Student activity fees fund five major music groups at SMSU that perform on and off-campus. Academic credit may be earned for participation in these activities. Also, members of these music groups can anticipate the spring concert tour, which may travel at home or abroad.

SPUR
BA 122, 537-6228
The Spur is the Southwest Minnesota State University student newspaper. It is published on a regular basis during the school year and distributed free of charge. To make contact, leave a note on the bulletin board outside the office if no one is in.

Speech Activities and Theatre
FA 206, 537-7103
The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre offers three activities that are funded from the student activity fee: Forensics, Radio and Television, and Theatre. These co-curricular activities are open to all students regardless of their major. You may receive academic credit for participation in these activities.
Forensics: You may participate in intramural and intercollegiate debate and individual speech events. SMSU students compete throughout the upper Midwest and the nation
Radio and Television: You may participate in radio and television program production performance. Students operate the campus radio station, KSSU 96.1 FM and the campus television station, Channel 8.
Theatre: You may participate in acting, costuming, technical theatre, and public relations for the main stage production as well as numerous studio productions throughout the year.

Student Association
SC 217, 537-6140
The Student Association and its many components, as well as the Student Activities Committee (SAC), are guaranteed funding from the Student Activity Fee. The Student Association is composed of every student en-rolled for classes at Southwest Minnesota State University. Elected representatives of the student body serve as the members of the Student Senate and as officers for the Student association. (See also: Student Government on page 20)
Other clubs and organizations receiving allocations for FY10 are as follows:
Ag-Business
Art Club
BACCHUS
Biology Club
Black Student Union
Bowling Club
Campus Crusade for Christ
Campus Greens
Chemistry Club
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
Club Latino
College Republicans
Colleges Against Cancer
Criminal Justice
Culinology club
Dance Team
DECA
Drama Club
English Club
Environmental Awareness Club
FACE
GLBTA
Graphic Design Club
Habitat for Humanity
History Club
Hmong Students
Honors Club
ISO
Le Club Francais
Lion’s Club
Live@ the Centers
Math & Computer Science Club
Mustang Game Club
Mustang Anime Otaku
NTSO
Philosophy Club
Post-secondary Ag. Students
Psi-Chi
Rugby Club
Shine One
Shotokan Karate Club
Showstoppers
Student In Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Sportsman‘s Association
Society of Human Resources
Sociology Club
STAND
Student Hospitality Organization
Student Mentors for Academic Success
Tae Kwon Do
Veteran‘s Association
Marshall Area Transit (MAT)

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