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Fred Hurst is very active in the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, or WCET, and always on the
lookout for trends in higher education. So we were intrigued when he shared this
WCET blog post on online class fees.
Check it out. It’s about the experience of Celia Perez, an
adult student who went back to college to pursue her bachelor’s degree
“I was told that online would allow
flexibility to work around the full-time schedule and at a reduced cost due to
the student paying for Internet, electricity (being at home vs. classroom), and
not having to participate in the on-campus programs nor utilizing student
Then she hit “The Fee Barrier” and
found herself paying more than $500 in fees: iCourse Fee, Student Programs Fee,
Student Services Facility Fee, Technology Fee (same as iCourse?), Recreation
Fee, Special Class Fee, Technology Expense Fee, plus a few other redacted fees.
That is a lot.
First, yes, Celia is attending a public
university and the unnamed state’s Board of Regents sets these fees. Secondly,
no, she does not attend NAU (though we’d love to have Celia).
Celia sadly cancelled plans to pursue a
graduate degree. Her question now: Why are public universities funded this way?
It all makes for an amazing read.
What Are NAU’s Class Fees?
At NAU-Extended Campuses, we strive to make
the total cost of classes transparent – you can see it on our tuition pages.
Other than individual class fees, our totals are all-inclusive so what you see
is what you pay for a 3-credit course. Most universities don’t do this.
But, like any public university, we
charge fees. Here they are for the 2013/14 academic year and what they go
Financial Aid Trust fee: $16 for up to six
credits (2 classes); $32 for seven or more. This is to help support financial aid awards for all of NAU. Did you know we
awarded more than $120 million in aid this year alone?
Information Technology fee: $8
per credit hour with a max of $96 (for 12 hours/4 classes). You guessed it: This
Class fees: These are dependent
on which class/es you take and cover things like science labs, equipment, etc. For
some classes, they can be more than $50.
So, for a full-time student (undergrad
or grad) taking 12 credits through NAU-Extended Campuses, expect your fees to
That’s much lower than the $500+ Celia
These fees are also different—and
lower—than the main NAU campus. That too is by design, as NAU-Extended
Campuses serves a broader, “nontraditional” student body.
All of this is why we developed
Personalized Learning—with the help of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant.
The brainchild of Fred Hurst, Personalized
Learning has no hidden fees, no constraints
on how much you can learn, and no limits on how fast you advance.
We think it’s going to be a pretty big deal in the world of online learning.
Us What You Think
Obviously, this is a complex topic.
That’s why we’d love to know your experience with fees.
Take our short online survey.
It’ll take a couple minutes tops. We’ll
be sure to share the results.
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