For online student instruction, fees for on-campus services are not appropriate and should not be automatically assessed. The only fee which makes sense is the echnology Fee, which appears to be duplicated in the Special Class Fee.

If fees are the new trend, then just as tuition was the normal fee assessed to college students for attending, then colleges and universities could charge a flat fee once per term. This way, the student is appropriately charged the “online fee” or “on-campus fee.”

Some of the services were lacking

The online services at my college are also not on par with those offered on-campus. For example, online tutoring should be easy and inexpensive by using one’s email. However, the tutoring I have been given is limited to one hour per week via a complicated school Blackboard system. At one point, I was told not to use eMail and to go to the on-campus tutoring center. When did eMail go offline?

Eventually, the tutors accepted email questions since it was an online class.

My request

The rising assessment of multiple fees for online higher education is questionable.

For example, when the cost of a college degree used to include: tuition, registration, and the health fee, a student now pays for fees that are meant for the physical infrastructure (student programs, recreation, student service facility), along with technology (lectures on PowerPoint), i-course (technology labeled differently), and books that are not used. In reality, the majority of these fees are not for instruction.

Although my story is typical of thousands of adult students, through this blog post I want to call to students, academic representatives, Boards of Regents, and Legislators to lobby for change. Today we face the risk of handing over business to talent overseas. While many of us cannot continue paying excessive costs for education, our country simply looks to other countries for their PhD’s.

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