Regents Approve Special Course Fees Effective in Fall 2012

scienceCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 12, 2012 — The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved special course fees to cover the cost of consumable supplies or other expenses unique to some classes.

New fees will be added to various courses in historic preservation, criminal justice and the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.

“These programs have had few or no course fees to help offset the consumable expenses in their growing programs,” said Kathy Mangels, vice president for Finance and Administration.

Special course fees also will be placed on several 100-level lab courses added over the years in science and technology, and some special course fees in the College of Science, Technology and Agriculture will rise by $5.

Mangels said formalizing “up-front” billing avoids surprise costs to students after they enroll. The process also makes special course fees eligible for the Hope Scholarship and Lifetime Learning tax credits that students or parents may claim.

A subcommittee of Southeast’s Budget Review Committee (BRC) – comprising representatives from the Dean’s Council, Chairperson’s Forum, Faculty Senate and Student Government — reviewed and approved the special course fees before being presented to the BRC.

Only a few special course fees have been added or modified since fall 1998 when the BRC established formalized special course fees, Mangels said.