This archived article was written by: Seth Richards
More funds in student’s pockets may be a reality at USU Eastern, where the student association (EUSA) and some non-elected students have decided that students are being charged too much in fees.
EUSA President Thomas Garvin, Vice President of Activities Webb Whatcott, an administrative assistant, and two students with a basic understanding of the inner workings of the institution have had discussions with regards to the excessive cost of student fees. In this conference they determined that these fees ought to be decreased by $50 per annum.
This decrease was decided upon, to keep students from having to pay for excess services, require more judicious spending on the part of the college, and to inspire more students to apply to USU Eastern. This last reason was due to the dramatic decrease in enrollment for the 2011-2012 academic year.
The student association points out emphatically that the decrease from $225 to $200 in fees each semester, makes USU-Eastern the most cost effective college in the state of Utah. “It’s amazing. You can get an associates degree that says Utah State University on it,” said Garvin, “We’re the most cost effective. That’s a deal. Anybody who doesn’t take us up on it is crazy.”
For fairness’ sake, each group on campus, receiving financial aid from student fees, will have an opportunity to present their case for more or equal funding on three nights, yet to be announced, in an open forum. A budgetary proposal will then be submitted by the student association to the administration and then the board of regents for review.