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With the federal stimulus money gone, lab and supply fees go up

Lab fees are being added or increased in courses that require the use of an instrument. These fees will range $30 to $100, and affect many classes in the art, music, medical and engineering departments.

Students who take sculpture and printmaking classes will see an increase to $30 from $15, and applied music courses including secondary, wind and piano will increase to $30, as well.

"Some fees rose and others were added due to the lack of money to pay for the resources," said Ayden Maher, the Student Body president.

Every December, each academic department in the university is asked to submit requests for materials and supplies fee changes for the upcoming year. The departments list the required supplies and materials, their cost and the expected enrollment in the course.

"We are estimating that 968 students will register for the classes included, and the lab fees will generate an estimated $41,285 in revenues for supply and material costs," said Dennis Crudele, senior vice president of financial affairs.

The department requests are then submitted to the Office of the Provost for review and approval.

"The requests are reviewed carefully to ensure that only necessary supplies are included in the cost figures," said Norman Kaufman, an associate provost.

Courses included are in the arts and graphics, applied music and marine science departments. Basic clinical skills, which has the highest fee at $100, and the Civil, Environmental and Geomatics class, will see new costs added.

"Of course, when I have to take sculpture class, the fee goes up!" said Cassie Jones, 19, a freshman from Deerfield Beach. "I understand it, but I don't want to pay more."

Part of the problem is that federal stimulus funds helped cover these costs. With the stimulus program over for now, the financing must come from students.

"Money that the university received from the last government-issued stimulus had been used in part to cover these material costs," Maher said. With that used up, fee increases are the only alternative to ensure courses are stocked with the necessary supplies.

"Some of the courses are new and/or oceanographic courses," Maher said. "The fees will help start the new courses and purchase equipment for students to use, especially at our Harbor Branch Institute."



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