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What are these fees?

increasing transparency to students and their families

Mandatory fee designation/separation is required to increase transparency to students and their families regarding how funds are allocated and spent.  Rather than simply lumping charges into a general tuition category, this system was devised to provide information regarding the costs necessary to operate a comprehensive research, teaching, and residential university.

Academic Excellence Fee

Dedicated funding to provide competitive compensation for faculty to bring faculty salaries in line with SFEB regional averages. (Arkansas university faculty salaries have historically ranked last or near last in SREB rankings.) Funds generated may only be used for faculty compensation purposes.

Access and Security Fee

Provides funding to reinforce, enhance, and maintain a safe campus environment to ensure the safety of all members of the faculty, staff, and student body.

Arkansas Assessment Fee

Funds utilized to purchase tests used to assess the student’s academic progress at various stages of their degree plans as well as other assessments required by federal and state laws accrediting agencies.

Athletic Fee

Provides a specific funding source to support scholarships, tutoring services, staffing, athletic equipment and other costs associated with being an NCAA Division I-A athletic program.  Allows each student access to every athletic event on campus with special seating.

College Support Assessment Fee 

Differential tuition is used to fund professional programs within the Colleges of Business, Engineering & Computer Science, Nursing & Health Professions, and Sciences & Mathematics that have higher delivery costs and are not supported sufficiently by the set tuition and fees amounts.

Deferred Maintenance Fee

Provides funding for the upkeep and maintenance of the University’s buildings, grounds, and infrastructure.

Facilities Fee

Provides a specific funding source for critical maintenance, upgrades, construction and renovations of facilities. Higher education has no dedicated source of state funding for capital projects and critical maintenance.

Identity Compliance Fee

(Online Courses Only)

Provides funding to cover costs to meet Higher Learning Commission (HLC) federal compliance standards through authentication processes which include a variety of verification methods that best meet program needs. HLC guidelines require verification of the identity of students participating in online programs and classes institution wide.

Information Technology Fee

Provides a specific funding source to create and maintain a reliable, robust information technology infrastructure to support continuity in teaching and learning.

Infrastructure Fee

Provides funding to assist in the enhancement of the student learning environment. This learning environment consists of, but is not limited to, classroom furnishings, student computer labs, teaching media, students software teaching tools, and highly mediated classrooms to name a few. The expenditure of these funds must go to visible improvements that students can see, touch, or use in their everyday learning environments. Consequently, students must have primary advice on how these funds will be invested.

Library Fee

Provides a specific funding source to purchase library acquisitions and electronically accessible materials.

Student Activity Fee

(3 or more hours)

Provides funding to offer programs and leadership opportunities that expand the college experience outside the classroom by offering social, cultural and recreational activities for students.

Student Recreation Fee

Provides a specific funding source for the construction, maintenance, and operations of the Red WOLF Center which offers non-academic recreation and health and wellness opportunities for students. Allows each student access to the Red WOLF Center.

Student Union Fee

Provides a specific funding source for the renovation, maintenance and operations of the Reng Center. This building provides one stop access for students to conduct university business.