Posted at 4 p.m. March 1, 2017
Students must pay fees alongside tuition
Alongside tuition, there are fees that every enrolled student has to pay here at Laramie County Community College. Along with those initial fees, there are additional fees that come with certain courses as well.
The fees include student, wellness, athletics, technology infrastructure, student technology and facilities fees. These fee rates are determined by the Board of Trustees.
Student Fees — $8 per credit hour/semester
Wellness — $2 per credit hour/semester
Athletics — $5.50 per credit hour/semester
Technology Infrastructure Fee — $9 per credit hour/semester
Student Technology Fee — $14 per credit hour/semester
Facilities Fee — $10.25 per credit hour/semester
For the athletic fee, there are three fees that the department collects. There is an overall athletic fee that covers the operations budgets for all sports teams that include supplies for the teams, in-state and out-of-state travel and meals.
Part of the wellness fee on campus benefits the athletic department as well. “This fee goes to run the athletic building,” Athletic Director Scott Noble said.
This fee pays student salaries for the employees who work at the front desk, equipment maintenance and facility maintenance, like refinishing the racquetball and dance floors.
The new day-use lockers and the painting and logos in the Multipurpose Room were also funded with this wellness fee.
Part of this wellness fee goes toward intramurals as well. This pays student employees who work the events and it covers equipment needed for intramurals along with prizes.
This wellness fee also goes toward the Tuesday night health clinics. Part of the fees go toward paying the University of Wyoming Family Medicine doctors who help with the clinics each week and the nurse who oversees the clinic.
Some of the fee goes toward providing medical supplies for the clinic like flu shots. The clinic also accepts donations, but fees help the clinic make up the difference.
“Anything within the wellness fee goes towards students,” Mindy Falkner, coordinator of counseling and campus wellness, said.
The student activity fee allocation covers fees for clubs and organizations on the campus.
“The student activity fee is a small portion essentially the clubs and organizations can apply to receive funding for,” Zeke Sorenson, program manager for activities and multicultural engagement, said.
This funding can cover activities, including travel for the club or organization as long as it is for educational purposes. The group has to submit an application and request money needed. Student government oversees part of this process when the clubs present information and break down requests.
If clubs or organizations want shirts or other products for members of the club, that money has to be fundraised and not part of the request to the college.
Student technology fees go toward services that benefit students’ education experience that include software and hardware that help students in their classes, like D2L.
The Technology Infrastructure Fee covers technology that is used within the classroom. It covers maintenance of equipment, upgrades and installations.
There are also fees that are charged specifically to students who are involved in certain classes or programs as academic or course fees. These fees cover equipment, supplies, certification exams, travel and other aspects that programs or classes use for educational purposes.
Certain fees may seem unnecessary to some individuals; however, they are beneficial to the college and ensure expenses on campus are covered.