How they're used and what they provide
In Georgia, by state regulation, there are certain costs on college campuses (including transportation, athletics, health services, activities, etc.) for which state funds cannot be used. It is the policy of the University System's Board of Regents that for those costs, enrolled students be assessed mandatory fees on a per person basis. Any increases to those fees have to be proposed by a campus committee that is majority-student, and then approved by the Regents.
Fee as Listed on Student Bill
Per Semester Rate for Full Time Undergraduate Student
Sem Activity Center Fee*
Semester Activity Fee
Wellness Center Fee*
Semester Bobcat Card Fee
Transportation Enhancement Fee
Semester Health Fee
Semester Athletic Fee
Semester Tech Fee
Fees are at reduced rates for less than full-time students. See Tuition and Fees for complete fee schedules.
*While the other fees fund services on campus, the Activity Center Fee and Wellness Center Fee pay for buildings that were constructed with bond revenue. In each case, the Georgia College Student Government Association recommended a special fee over 20 - 30 years to pay the bonds for the facilities.
Institutional Fee: $275 per semester - This fee is one that was created in 2009 at all public colleges and universities throughout the University System of Georgia by the Board of Regents, in order to continue funding to higher education during a period of economic crisis.
A total exemption from the special institutional fee is available for active military personnel, joint enrolled students, and for exempt students who typically do not pay fees, such as senior citizens. Students who are cross-registered at multiple institutions will pay the fee only at their home institution. A 50 percent reduction in the fee is available for all students taking from one to four credit hours.
Activity Center Fee: $42 per semester – This fee pays for the purchase and renovation of the former Methodist Church (across the street from the campus front lawn) that is now the Georgia College Student Activities Center. The Center includes the Magnolia Ballroom and "The Den" (the student living room), as well as student meeting and organizational space. The fee also helped to fund the creation of the Irwin Street parking lot.
Activity Fee: $81 per semester – This fee supports the programs and services that are listed below:
Student have access to programs and facilities at the Wellness and Recreation Center and the Centennial Center which include an outdoor and indoor pool, indoor tracks, racquetball courts, basketball courts, and a multipurpose court. Exceeding 600 teams, the intramural program offers 15 sports for student participation and sends winning teams to state and regional tournaments. Intramural sports include flag football, soccer, ultimate, softball, basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, and innertube water polo. Funding is provided to sport clubs including lacrosse, volleyball, men's soccer, the bass fishing team, and ultimate frisbee, which are open to students. The Intramural Complex on West Campus has three softball fields and one soccer field.
Social and Entertainment
Events include university music and theatre programs to which students are admitted free or at a reduced rate. The Campus Activities Board has a year-long schedule of social, educational and entertainment events; an online calendar is available on the Department of Campus Life's web site at http://gcsu.orgsync.com/Calendar . This fee also provides events such as the Week of Welcome and Homecoming and covers staffing expenses for the Centennial Center and the Student Center.
The fee supports for the campus newspaper The Colonnade, which is distributed around the campus each Friday. It also supports The Peacock's Feet literary magazine, which is published annually and distributed for free.
Campus Green Initiatives
These funds allow Georgia College student researchers an opportunity to develop effective strategies for improving the environmental sustainability of our campus and local community. Alternate funding opportunities are available for staff, faculty, alumni, and others who want to contribute to the Georgia College Green Initiative.
Funding is provided for the Student Government Association, which manages the Student Academic Travel Fund. Students who are presenting research with faculty may apply for funding from this source by calling SGA at 478-445-2795. Funds are also provided through SGA for Recognized Student Organizations to assist with their programming and travel needs.
The GIVE (Georgia College Inspiring Volunteers to Engage) Center on the first floor of the Maxwell Student Union receives its operating, staffing and programming funds from student activity fees. The GIVE Center is responsible for volunteerism and service leadership efforts on and off campus.
Other Student Activities and Reserves
Funding is provided for the overall operation, facilities, and staffing of the Department of Campus Life, the Student Activities Center and the Maxwell Student Union. The Student Activities Center hours of operation are:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - midnight*
Saturday-Sunday: noon - 10 p.m.*
*Hours are subject to change for holidays, breaks, and special events.
The fee also supports the annual Bobcat Awards ceremony. Annual funding is provided for several key campus organizations that are open to all students. A percentage of the activity fee revenue is set aside to protect against an enrollment shortfall or to fund renovations or special student needs and events.
Wellness Center Fee: $175 per semester –This fee pays for the bond that was approved to pay for the 101,000 square foot Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC). A very small amount of this fee is sometimes used to offset some operational costs of the Center. The WRC is home to Georgia College’s Wellness Programs, Recreational Sports, Health Services, and Counseling Services.
Bobcat Card Fee: $9 per semester – This fee funds a portion of annual support and maintenance on all equipment associated with the one card system at Georgia College.
Transportation Enhancement Fee: $10.50 per semester
Parking Fee: $58.50 per semester
The transportation enhancement fee and parking fee provides funding for Central and West Campus (Milledgeville Campuses) transportation service and maintenance of surface parking. Payment of this mandatory fee provides all students with either a Commuter (C) or Resident (R) parking permit depending upon whether they reside in off-campus or on-campus housing respectively and allows students to utilize the appropriately designated C or R lots as well as any Perimeter (P) lot. Additionally, this fee allows students unlimited access to the university shuttle system that runs regular routes from most parking lots and all resident halls while school is in session and on limited basis during non-class times. Accordingly, the “Parking Fee” is charged to all students, regardless of whether they have a vehicle that is registered on-campus.
Health Fee: $95 per semester– This fee provides funding for the following services and benefits:
The Student Health Center is located in the Wellness and Recreation Center (WRC) at West Campus and is open from 8:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, by appointment. The Health Fee supports the operational costs of the health clinic as well as supports programming and associated costs of health education programs. In addition, the Health Fee supports a portion of the operational costs of the WRC.
Costs associated with a clinic visit are very reasonable. Insurance will be filed as appropriate with no co-pay or deductible required, and there is no balanced billing. Costs of prescriptions filled at an outside pharmacy are the responsibility of the student.
Students should call the Student Health Center at 478-445-5288 to schedule an appointment. Students must present their Bobcat ID as well as their insurance information at each visit to the clinic. Currently enrolled students who have paid the Health Fee are eligible for services.
Students may be referred to providers outside the clinic if needed or desired. Students are responsible for costs associated with the referral visit(s).
Students may call the clinic at any time during operational hours if there are questions or if information is needed.
For additional clinic information please go to http://www.gcsu.edu/studenthealth/
Athletic Fee: $181 per semester – This fee provides funding for the Georgia College intercollegiate athletics programs. Individual admission to all athletic events is free to Georgia College students with a valid University ID. The Bobcats compete at the NCAA Division II level and are members of the Peach Belt Conference. Our institution sponsors teams in men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, competitive cheerleading and men's golf, and a dance team - "The SassyCats". An intercollegiate women's volleyball team will begin play in 2013. NCAA Division II requires that an institution complete in at least ten intercollegiate sports.
Georgia College Athletics was awarded the Peach Belt Conference's Commissioner's Cup for the second straight season in 2009-2010, as the top overall athletic program in the conference. Georgia College frequently has the highest percentage of student-athletes on the Peach Belt Presidential Honor Roll of all member institutions.
For more information, please contact Georgia College Athletics at 478-445-6341.
Technology Fee: $68 per semester – The funds generated by this fee are designated for technology activities that benefit the student's academic learning experience. Typical expenditures at Georgia College include support for maintaining the Instructional Technology Center (ITC) computer facilities and software for student use at all locations, equipment checkout from the ITC, replacement and expansion of student used hardware, and support for technology in the classrooms, including the Macon Center and the Warner Robins Center. As mandated by the University System Board of Regents, this fee is paid by all students enrolled at any University System of Georgia Institution; graduate, undergraduate, full-time, part-time, web-based classes only students, etc.
For the ITC operating hours and general information, please visit: http://www.gcsu.edu/technology/serve_help_desk_and_itc_hours.htm
For more information please contact the Student Technology Fee Advisory Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
E-mail: Office of Student Affairs
206 Parks Hall
Campus Box 027
Milledgeville, GA 31061