On Friday, Penn State’s Student Fee Board ended two weeks of deliberations to allocate funds for the fall 2022 and spring 2023 semesters.
The Student Fee Board is responsible for allocating funds to different organizations on campus to support “student-centered activities, services, facilities, and recreation to enhance student life,” according to its website.
Among the decisions was a change in tuition from $265 per student per semester to $274.74 per student per semester. For students attending the fall and spring semesters, the annual fee will increase from $530 to $549.48.
The Student Fee Board also allocated funds to renovate the Boucke Building Disability Resource Center, donating $1.6 million to make the area more accessible to the students the center is meant to serve.
Here are the remaining tuition board allocations for the next academic year:
- On-campus recreation: $4,937,809. This is the same as the 2021-22 allocation. With these funds, Campus Recreation can employ students and reduce attendance fees.
- Paul Robeson Cultural Center: $206,000. This is a decrease from the previous school year’s funding of $233,000. These funds will be used to provide educational and social programs on anti-racism, social responsibility, social justice and cultural enrichment. The funds will also be used for office maintenance.
- Lion Pantry: $150,300. This is a new allocation for the 2022-23 school year. The $100,000 stipend for food and supplies will serve as a “pilot amount,” according to the Student Fee Board.
- Center for Gender Equity: $117,182. This is an increase from the previous funding of $58,000.
- Student legal services: $485,000. This is a decrease from the $520,000 in funding allocated last year. The group presents a pilot program that will allow students to have consultations with outside lawyers in the event of conflicts of interest.
- Jeffrey A. Conrad Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity: $156,048. This is an increase from the previous year’s funding of $147,838. The money will be used to increase student salaries, educational engagement and programming.
- Subsidy for parent-student child care: $154,771.50. This is a decrease from the $206,362 that was allocated for the 2021-2022 school year. With these funds, Student Parent Child Care Subsidy will pay a portion of the child care costs to eligible student parents.
- Student Orientation and Transition Programs: $104,000. This is an increase from $97,000. It will increase funding for Fall Host and Summer Host by $5,000 and $2,000, respectively.
- Counseling and psychology services: 1,071,908. This is an increase from $872,008. The funds will be used to create the position of Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
- Bryce Jordan Center: $175,000. This is a decrease of $200,000. According to the recommendation, the decrease is due to a “lack of responsiveness” and the BJC’s “past spending history”.
- Performing Arts Centre: $205,000. This is the same funding as planned for the 2021-22 school year. The council backs block funding and recommends “further reductions in ticket prices” and “the organization of special ticket sales events”.
- Student Activities Office: $1,855,642. This is a decrease from $1,870,534.75 the previous school year.
- University Parks Allocation Committee: $4,178,500. This is the same allowance that was provided for the 2021-22 year.
- Dr. Keiko Miwa Ross Student Farm: $215,800. This is an increase from the $200,000 allocated for the 2021-2022 school year. According to the Student Fee Board, the raise is intended to “cover 25% more of the food systems coordinator position.”
- Association of Graduate and Professional Students: $59,542. This is the same funding as for the year 2021-22.
- Council of Commonwealth Student Governments: $5,000. This funding has not increased from the previous year.
- University Health Services: $315,000. This is a decrease from the $420,000 that was allocated for the 2021-2022 school year.
- Sustainability Institute: $90,500. The Student Fee Board said it advised the Sustainability Institute “to consider making the programs more collaborative.”
- Resources for students with disabilities: $65,000. This is new funding that will be used to hire an after-school program coordinator.
- Office of Higher Education Equity Programs: $162,371. This is a new allocation for the year 2022-23. The money will be used to hire a Student Advocacy Manager 3 and an Administrative Support Assistant.
- Equity funds: $400,000. This is a new allocation for the year 2022-23. This funding includes money for renovations to the Lion’s Pantry, which will include new shelving, a new front desk and installation fees.
- HUB Reserve: $200,000. This funding is the same as for the 2021-22 school year.
- University Park Undergraduate Association: $139,628.55. This is the same allowance that was provided for the 2021-22 year.
- Student health debt service: $268,959. This is a decrease from the $376,000 provided in the 2021-22 school year.
- HUB debt service: $122,124. This is a decrease from the $1,358,007 allocated last year.
- HUB Reserve: $200,000. This is the same amount allocated in the 2021-22 academic year.
- Sustainable Landscape Master Plan: $75,000. The funding includes $25,000 in reserves. This is a new allocation for the year 2022-23.
- Reserve for facilities: $9,908,168. This is an increase from the $8,533,529.63 allocated in the 2021-2022 school year.
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