Student referendum approves fee increase

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Chris Hebdon

The student activity fee increase passed with support from 66 percent of voters,¬†boosting the Student Association’s funding pool to $1.75 million over the next nine years.

Incoming students will pay up to $90 extra each year to fund the increase. About 16 percent of the student body voted in the referendum.

The student fee will become $3 per credit hour, up from $1.50 per credit hour, with a 50-cent match from GW.

About 1,174 students voted against the fee hike.

The Student Association doled out $945,000 in its allocations to student organizations this year, short of the $3.3 million requested by groups.

The last fee increase passed through a referendum in 2008, which raised the fee for five years.

Only incoming students will be charged the higher fees due to the University’s 10-semester fixed tuition rate policy.

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