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 is a cheaper option for students as compared to requiring a permit to park on campus.
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?
The fee is a part of WSU Tri-Cities’ cost of attendance and is 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.