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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