Frequently Asked Questions
What did students vote for?
Undergraduate, graduate and professional students voted to approve the following referendum:
Do you agree to a student fee of $2.91/credit hour (max $35 in the fall semester of 2017 for a full-time undergraduate*) to improve student access to mental health services, extend library hours, expand wireless in high-density student areas, improve student learning spaces, and maintain opportunities for student involvement in leadership and service programs and campus activities? Similar to other activity fees, this fee may be adjusted by inflation and will be subject to an annual review by the Student Fee Review Committee (SFRC). * Max $26.19/semester for graduate and professional students
Do we get money from the state for this?
The state provides about 36 percent of the university’s general operating budget, but this money is allocated as core support for teaching and research. State funding has been decreasing over time, and SB 389 limits public universities in Missouri from increasing tuition and mandatory fees beyond inflation. This fee would provide a dedicated source of funding for services students said are important to them.
Why do student fees exist?
Throughout our history, students have led grassroots movements to create dedicated funding for programs and initiatives that support student success outside the classroom. The MU Student Center and MizzouRec expansion are just a couple of examples of fees that were initiated by students.
Does this fee increase over time?
Increases are not automatically built into this fee. Similar to other activity fees, this fee may be adjusted by inflation and will be subject to an annual review by the Student Fee Review Committee.
How will these fees be held accountable?
The Student Fee Review Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding non-academic fees. The committee includes at least eight undergraduate students and at least four graduate/professional students. It is their job to make sure that activity fees are serving students.
Is this the same as the library fee?
No, this fee is different from the library fee that was proposed in fall 2015. Although a portion of this fee will go toward MU Libraries, it will also impact multiple areas on campus, such as the Counseling Center and wireless services.
How was this fee created?
In the spring of 2016, the Division of Student Affairs sent out a satisfaction survey to a sample group of Mizzou’s student body. The survey asked students to rate their satisfaction with a variety of areas on campus and to rank the importance of these areas. Results were shared with key administrative stakeholders, who were asked to identify how much it would cost to try to address these student priorities. After minimum budget needs were identified, administrators met with the Student Fee Review Committee. Information was provided to student executive leaders in MSA, GPC, the President’s Council, the University Libraries Student Advisory Council, and the Student Fee Review Committee leadership and members of MSA senate in fall 2016. The student leaders made recommendations that led to the proposed Student Services Enhancement Fee.
Will this fee apply to graduate and professional students?
Yes, graduate students will pay the same rate of $2.91/credit hour. Graduate and professional students are considered full-time at nine credit hours, which is why their cap is lower than undergraduate students.
How will this fee show up on my bill?
It will show up as a “Student Activity Fee.” View the fee breakdown.
I’m a Mizzou Online student. Does this fee apply to me?
No. Activity fees apply only to students taking courses on campus.
Undergraduate, graduate and professional students voted yes to the Student Services Enhancement Fee with 79 percent of the 9,420 voter turnout March 6-8, 2017. (This fee applies only to students taking courses on campus.)