Why Students United Is Requesting a Fee Increase

Next week, Students United State Chair Joseph Wolf will testify to the Minnesota State Finance and Facilities Committee in support of raising the Students United per credit fee by four cents, from .43 cents to .47 cents. A student taking 30 credits per year would see a $1.20 increase starting in fall 2017.

The Students United Board of Directors spent considerable time deliberating and debating the 2017- 2018 budget and fee increase, as affordability for students is a key priority for the organization. However, the Students United Board of Directors supported this fee increase, the first one in 11 years, because of united student demand for the addition of a full-time equity and inclusion Students United staff position.

Some of the expected outcomes of the Director of Equity and Inclusion position include:

  • Diversity-themed organizational change as a shared priority for Students United.
  • Identification and recommendation of equity and inclusion priorities incorporated in future organizing plans
  • Creation of a partnership with Minnesota State’s Equity and Inclusion Division

In addition, the fee increase will continue recent organizing improvements at each of the state universities, including the seven Campus Organizing intern positions and the campus committees. It will also maintain Minnesota State, and state and federal legislative advocacy efforts.

Minnesota law gives the Minnesota State Board of Trustees the authority to revise or reject Students United’s fee increase, and a decision is expected to be made on June 21.

Elsbeth Howe