Over the years, WSU Tri-Cities lacked the funding for improved transportation, as well as upgraded safety and security measures. The WSU Tri-Cities administration approached the Associated Students of WSU Tri-Cities (ASWSUTC) to discuss implementing a student fee that would assist the campus in providing transportation, safety, and security enhancements.
The fee is considered a preferable solution over administrative fees to fund services that require a revenue source not derived from tuition or state legislative funding.
The fee would also be a cheaper option for students as compared to requiring a permit to park on campus.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the ASWSUTC President and WSU Tri-Cities to agree on a common understanding of how the fee would be assessed and implemented.
The ASWSUTC Senate has passed “Referendum #01 – Safety and Transportation Fee” to be placed on the upcoming ASWSUTC general election ballot.
The general election takes place: Feb. 26-28, 2020
Subsidize public transit passes, allowing students to ride the local transit system for free
How are projects identified and selected for funding?
An advisory committee will be created to provide recommendations to the Chancellor on how to allocate the funds.
There will be a public link available for anyone to submit comments and suggestions to the advisory committee for review.
Where are we at in the fee process?
The ASWSUTC Senate has voted to place the fee on a General Election ballot in the spring. If passed by the student body, the fee will need to be approved by the WSU Board of Regents to be official.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who sits on the advisory committee?
The advisory committee will consist of the ASWSUTC President, two additional student representatives, the Director of Safety, the Campus Facilities Executive, and the Director of Campus Student Life.
Can the fee be increased in the future?
Any proposed increases would have to be voted on by students again.
Are students the only ones paying?
The WSU Tri-Cities campus is allocating $160 for every full-time employee and a prorated amount for every part-time employee.
How does this fee compare to other WSU locations?
WSU Tri-Cities is the only WSU campus without a parking fee. Other campuses have parking permit systems in place, and they also provide local transit passes to students.
This proposed WSU Tri-Cities fee amount is comparable to the lowest priced parking permits at the Pullman and Vancouver campuses, and is significantly less than parking permits at Spokane (Pullman: blue permit $129, red $239. Spokane: green permit $395. Vancouver: gray permit $161).
How does this affect my financial aid package?
If approved, the fee would become a part of WSU Tri-Cities’ cost of attendance and would be assessed automatically upon enrollment. Generally, if students have funds that exceed the cost of tuition, financial aid will automatically cover this expense, prior to financial aid refunds being disbursed to students.
What happens if the fee does not pass?
The campus will have to consider implementing a parking permit system. Due to costs associated with equipment and personnel, individual costs are expected to be higher. Additionally, revenue from parking permits would only improve parking areas and not campus safety and security.