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Kennesaw State Students Want Fees Trimmed

KENNESAW, GA -- Students at Kennesaw State University are trying to figure out why they're paying campus and activity fees for a 2-week spring or summer course that often matches what they pay for a full 4-month semester.

Brian Prince is a senior at Kennesaw State on a Hope Scholarship. He says he can't figure out why he's paying so much for student fees. He's not alone. Other students are paying the same thing, whether for a short course or for a full semester.

"It was around $1,000 and I really did not understand why. I was really confused because it was only a 2 week course and it should not have cost the same as a full semester," Prince said.

Though three of the fees for the shorter session -- athletics, health care and student activities -- were reduced, most of the others were not. It was costing Prince $50 to park his car for a 2-week Spring course, the same as for a full 4-month semester. A technical fee was another $50; while a transportation fee chalked up $60 and a recreation fee another $42. All were the same for the 2 week session and the full semester.

One fee that actually went up was an Institution Fee that doubled to $200, but Kennesaw State says the fee was mandated by the Georgia Board of Regents..

For Prince, every penny counts.

"I tried to question them but they said the fees were standard and I couldn't do anything about it," he said.

11Alive's Bill Liss went to Dr. Jerome Ratchford, Kennesaw State's Vice President for Student Success. Ratchford said he would put the issue on the school's priority list. He says he will meet with Prince and other students to examine the fee structure issue.

"I am committed to looking at this matter. We will convene a student fee committee in November and we will reckon with the question of whether or not we should consider prorating the fees for students who are enrolled for lesser periods of time in the summer term," Ratchford said.

Ratchford says if the student committee and University officials agree to prorate and reduce the fees, the next stop will be the Georgia Board of Regents, which could adopt the changes for Kennesaw as well as for other state universities.

Kennesaw State says 12,000 students attend summer programs while some 400 are enrolled in the school's 2-week courses.