Students evaluate class fees
Exercise science major Krystyna Stonebreaker said she thinks that essential supplies for classes, such as lab fees or art materials, should already be included in tuition.
“It still doesn’t make sense that we’re paying for classes, then we’re paying extra for the classes,” she said.
Class fees are used to purchase essential supplies for the course, Director of the Bursar’s Office Thom Ruby said.
The fees range from $25-50 dollars and are allocated to the department that enforces them.
The University follows a concept of truth in advertising so tuition is billed as tuition, only the educational process that the student receives in their academic enrollment, Ruby said. The fees are billed and shown as separate expenses.
“Some colleges lump it all together,” Ruby said.
Stonebreaker said it should be the school’s responsibility to budget the supplies for the courses into tuition.
“The labs and things like that, the school should be providing the supplies,” she said. “It should be the school’s responsibility.”
Senior Sean Walker said all of his math classes seemed to have had class fees.
He agreed that the fees should just be included in tuition.
“It didn’t really feel like they supplemented anything,” he said.
Ruby said that in his experience he sees a good number of class fees in sciences and arts classes.
Stonebreaker said she also wishes they didn’t have to purchase additional materials that are expensive, such as a specific dress code for certain classes that she has.