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Board Proposes Fee Hike

Come fall of 2005, students will be required to pay more fees. The board of regents is expected to announce a hike in tuition and student fees in its upcoming meeting, to be held in March.

Fees increase every year, usually, by 3.3 to 3.5 percent. But compared to the increases in the previous years, this year, it’s expected to be comparatively lower, Marysz Rames, vice president of student affairs said.

Officials are looking at a jump of 2.2 percent, she added.

They use the Consumer Price Index—a measure of the price change in consumer goods and services, used as a factor in determining inflation—as a guideline in arriving at decisions regarding student fees.

Reacting to the development, president of the campus student association, Amanda Mattingly said, “It is a catch-22 situation.”

“On the one hand, I hate to see students pay more fees. On the other, I’m really impressed to see that the jump has only been minimal. It’s much lower than the increases in schools in the neighboring states of Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota, where there’s been a double-digit increase.”

She cited enrollment as one of the reasons for the hike, other than inflation.

But some students are less than happy.

Tory Haggerty, a sophomore, pursuing his undergraduate studies in media production said, “I’m with the U.S. National Guard and they pay 50 percent of my tuition fees. I pay the rest. S.D.S.U. is one of the cheaper schools, but I do feel that the fee structure is already too high.”

“I was under the impression that colleges were non-profit organizations. I don’t think this fee increase was necessary. What I’d really like to know is where all this money is going?”

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