The college-wide matriculation fee increase allows SPSCC to offer free parking and lower online transaction fees.
In Oct. 2014, the decision to increase the fee to $20 was made and posted to the college website. This decision was not reflected in the annual college catalog or the winter quarter print materials, however, it will be included in the next printing.
The original $15 matriculation fee for students was established two years ago. The fee was initially noted on the college website, in the college catalogue and in the quarterly publications to the community as a means to educate everyone on what the fee pays for.
Money from the matriculation fee will be used to maintain free parking at SPSCC, instead of the previous cost of $100 per year or $44 per quarter. The fee also helps keep the campus lots clean, painted, lit, and safe for students. Additionally, money received will help eliminate the online payment transaction fees for college students.
Previously, there was a $2 convenience charge and 2.75 percent of the student’s full tuition per quarter was an added charge. “We think it’s important that students have a fast and convenient way to pay their tuition online, but without such expensive transaction charges,” said Kellie Braseth, dean of college relations.
Information was not sent out campus wide. “We the students are paying for it and we need more information,” said ASB Senator for Public Relations Kyla Tran.
The college plans to provide more information on the college website and in the next quarterly publications. “Though we try to give advance notice if we can, changes in fees and procedures can happen really quickly sometimes, and, as noted in the catalog, can occur without broad notice to students,” said Braseth.
Braseth states that she does not believe the $20 matriculation fee will be reduced in the future because the fee helps offset charges from the bank to SPSCC for monetary transactions. There are no plans to increase the fee again in the immediate future, but Braseth said there is still a possibility of another increase sometime down the road.