University waives tuition differentials, certain fees for summer courses

University waives tuition differentials, certain fees for summer courses

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents approved a Kennesaw State decision Tuesday, April 14, to waive tuition differentials and certain mandatory fees for summer courses due to the coronavirus. Students were first informed on Monday, April 20.

Tuition differential fees are additional charges per credit hour for online courses that have historically been applied to students, Assistant Vice President of Strategic Communication Tammy Demel said.

“However, KSU had been in the process of eliminating this additional charge and, with the impacts of COVID-19, the university has accelerated the timeframe and the fee will no longer be assessed,” Demel said.

Certain mandatory fees will also be waived for summer courses. These include the activity fee, athletic fee, health fee, international fee, parking fee, Recreation Center fee, Sports and Recreation Parks fee, transportation fee and wellness fee, Demel said.

These mandatory fees will resume for online courses in the Fall 2020 semester.

“[Waived fees] were associated with the move to 100 percent remote course delivery,” Demel said. “As KSU is planning on resuming in-person delivery of instruction in the Fall, the appropriate fees would resume for students not in 100 percent online enrollment.”

Demel said KSU will continue to assess the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the university. KSU is estimated to lose anywhere from $25 to 50 million in revenue, as reported by the Sentinel.

“[While] the projections for spring and summer are in the tens of millions of dollars, we are working diligently to identify and recoup as much of this funding as possible through a variety of avenues,” Demel said.

Since the state budget for the next fiscal year has not been completed yet, it will take additional time to determine the full financial impact of the pandemic on the university.

For parking permits, dining plans and other services, Demel reminded students that they will need to make decisions based on their enrollment and housing plans for the Fall.

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