Thomas announces technology fee changes

University President Sue Thomas announced a $4 per credit hour technology fee will go into effect fall 2018. (Photo by Nicolas Telep/TMN)

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify the new technology fee will be added to the current technology fee and to clarify which classes the fee will be applied to.

Truman State University will make changes to fees charged to students beginning fall 2018.

In an email to students on March 9, University President Sue Thomas announced the completion of a review of student fees and said the fee structure would be changing. Thomas said students would be charged program fees for some high-cost disciplines and course fees to cover costs in specific classes.

Thomas also said students will be charged a technology fee of $4 per credit hour in addition to Truman’s current technology fee of $17 per semester. The per-credit-hour fee will not apply to certain types of courses, including field experiences, internships, study abroad courses, independent study courses, online courses and studio courses.

“Truman has utilized special course fees for over 50 years in fields that are more expensive to offer or have specialized needs,” Thomas wrote in the University-wide email. “Our goal in this revised approach is to make the course related fees clearer and easier to understand, while producing some additional revenue.”

Truman’s current technology fee is the lowest of any public university in Missouri. At the State of the University address in February, Thomas said of the $17 students pay each semester, $6 goes to Pickler Memorial Library and $11 goes to improving bandwidth for on-campus internet access. This fee will be retained to pay these expenses, and the new technology fee will be used to support classroom technology infrastructure.