Mandatory student fees are defined as, fees that are paid by all students, as required by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, or as required by UWG, subject to approval by the Board of Regents. Mandatory fees are necessary to provide a complete range of student services that support the academic environment. UWG's fees and fee policies have been carefully set to provide the best possible services, to the widest possible range of students, at a reasonable cost. University fees enhance the experience of our students and the quality of the UWG community.
Below is a description of each mandatory fee:
Activity fee: The Student Activity Fee supports many co-curricular activities at the University, including, but not limited to the Center for Student Involvement, newspaper, other student publications, university television, debate team, drama and music programs, fine arts, art exhibits, intramurals, student research grants, the Student Government Association, and select other student organizations and activities. More information is at www.westga.edu/safba. Each Spring, departments and organizations are allowed to make application for fees for the following year, to the Student Allocation Fee Budget Allocation (SAFBA) Committee. The SAFBA Committee spends many hours reviewing applications and listening to presentations from petitioners before making their recommendations.
Athletic fee: The Athletic Fee supports the intercollegiate athletic programs of the university. Students who have paid the fee are granted free admission to all regular season games in all sports. Intercollegiate sports for women include basketball, cross country, volleyball, softball, soccer, and golf; and for men, baseball, basketball, football, cross country, and golf. For more information on UWG sports, go to www.uwgsports.com/. Specific questions about what the Athletic Fee funds should be directed to the Athletics Administration office.
Health fee: The Health Fee covers most services provided in the university Health Services, including consultation with the physician and nurses, most prescriptions, and some tests done in house. For specific questions, students should contact that office – 839-6452 – which is open 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday when classes are in session during Fall and Spring, and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. summer term. The service is primarily for diagnosis, first aid, and treatment of minor or short-term illnesses or injuries. The health fee funds a variety of health education programs which are free to students. Staff includes certified sexual assault responders who work with victims of sexual assault as well as leading the campus and community in sexual assault prevention efforts. Health Services employs two Patient Advocates, who help students with a variety of confidential mental health, physical health, and personal safety issues, including connecting them to campus and community resources. Finally, Health Services also pays a leading role in keeping the campus safe and healthy, by providing immunizations, treatment for communicable diseases, and providing emergency and crisis response leadership for the campus. For more information about Health Services, go to www.westga.edu/~health/
Note: This fee does not cover the costs of services when a student must be referred to off-campus medical personnel or facilities. It also does not provide insurance coverage. We strongly encourage all students to carry insurance to protect you if you are in an accident or have a serious health problem. For information about purchasing insurance through the University System of Georgia, please go to http://www.usg.edu/student_affairs/students/admissions_enrollment/
Technology Fee: This fee is used to purchase instructional technology that directly benefits students. This includes classroom technology like overhead projectors and smartboards, software applications, library databases, and computer hardware. For more information and to see a list of funded projects, visit www.westga.edu/~techfees.
Transportation fee: This fee covers the cost of a vehicle parking permit for each student and the shuttle bus service on campus. The Transportation Fee insures that there is adequate parking and that the traffic flow allows students to move through the campus in a timely manner (for example, you may not ride the bus, but because other students do, the campus is less congested and parking is more available for you). Unlike at some institutions, there are no additional parking fees. More information about parking and transportation can be found at www.westga.edu/parking/
CampusCenter fee: The state-of-the-art Campus Center provides a place for student activities, informal recreation, intramural sports, personal fitness and wellness activities, meeting friends, and hanging out between classes. It includes a 13,000-square-foot fitness center, aerobics rooms, 2 free-play basketball courts, an indoor track, climbing wall, game room, a ballroom to seat 500 banquet-style and 800 auditorium-style, meeting rooms, the offices of Student Activities and Recreation, and casual seating areas. As a part of your fee, students receive a free Campus Center membership, meaning they have free use of the fitness and game room facilities (faculty, staff, and dependents may purchase memberships). There are no state funds available to build facilities like this, so the 2003-2004 Student Government Association voted to fund this with student fees, following two years of research, including two surveys of students. They believed this was an important investment in UWG’s future. The UWG Real Estate Foundation then financed the $30-million building, with a 25-year payback time, meaning a portion of the student fee goes to pay that “mortgage.” The rest of the fee helps fund the operating costs of the building, including purchasing equipment and paying wages for many of the student staff. For more information on the Campus Center, go to www.westga.edu/~campus/
Athletic Complex Fee: This fee pays for the construction and operation of the football stadium, soccer field, and softball field. The entire project cost $29 million. No state funds are available for these types of projects. The City of Carrollton donated 280 acres for the project; more than $5 million was raised in private donations; and the 2008-2009 Student Government Association voted to fund the remaining $24 million through student fees, because they believed this project was essential to UWG as the university grows in stature and becomes more of a destination institution for students across the state. The UWG Real Estate Foundation financed the stadium, and the student fee pays that “mortgage.”
International Fee: This fee helps fund the Study Abroad Scholarship Fund. For more information, go to www.westga.edu/isp/.
Special Institutional Fee: In Fall 2009, the Board of Regents experienced unprecedented budget cuts due to the economic downturn that drastically reduced state revenues, thus resulting in the necessity to levy a fee to compensate for the reduction. The Special Institutional Fee is prorated and is used to fund certain functions of the institution. For more information visit the Board of Regents website at www.usg.eduFor more information on fees click here.