Students have a chance to discuss proposed fee changes at today's campus forum

Cougar news staff

Students and all members of the campus community are invited to attend a campus forum today on the proposed student fee increases. Among the more than 100 rates that will increase are the student service fee, resident and non-resident tuition and rates for all on-campus housing. A new $6 fee for the Cougar One Card will be charged as well.

The fee changes, which have been approved by UH President/UH-System Chancellor Arthur K. Smith, are still pending approval at the next Board of Regents meeting in June.

Texas law prohibits a university from increasing tuition or fees for a student once that student has already registered for classes.

The forum, given by the Office of Student Affairs, will give students an opportunity to voice their opinions on the increases.

"It's okay to raise fees," said Monica Quintero, UH Student Association president said, "but we don't need to take such giant steps."

She also added that students haven't been given much warning.

"This is a really bad time," she said. "Nothing has been published (about the increases)".

Students will be given a little bit of a break, as about 10 fees will be going down. The technology fee or computer use fee will be going down $5 for everyone, and several classes will no longer have fees.

The forum will be held today at 12:15 p.m. in the World Affairs Lounge in the University Center.

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