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
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 on the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Student Fees page. 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.
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.
The Health Fee provides students access to campus medical services provided by a team of medical professionals dedicated to student health and wellness. The fee covers many services entirely while others carry additional charges. For more information on the services and fees, please visit the UWG Health Services page.
As a part of the Health Fee, students receive free academic, medical and victim advocacy services. Trained Advocates and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner are on call 24/7 to respond to victims of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking.
The Health Fee also provides for a wide variety of ongoing educational prevention programming on topics such as alcohol and other drugs, highway safety, sexual health, violence prevention, and overall wellness. These programs are conducted by the Health Education Team.
Health Services also serves many roles related to campus health and safety. These include monitoring immunization requirements, providing annual influenza vaccines for the campus community, maintaining current pandemic plans in preparation for communicable health outbreaks; remaining current in best practices for student health concerns, and serving in all emergency and crisis response efforts with campus and community.
For more information regarding the many services of the health center and our hours of operation, please visit the UWG Health Services site.
Note: The Health 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.
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 https://apps.westga.edu/techfees/.
This fee covers the cost of a vehicle parking permit for each student and the shuttle bus service on campus. The Transportation Fee ensures 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 some institutions, there is no additional parking permit fee. More information about parking and transportation can be found at the UWG Parking and Transportation Services site.
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 and staff may purchase memberships for dependents).
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 the University Recreation (UREC) site.
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.”
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.edu
For more information on fees see our document, What Are Mandatory Fees? (PDF, 70K).