New Student Cost: Colleges' Sly Fees
Those $2.25 "free HIV testing" fees can really rack up
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2013 11:31 AM CDT
Tuition isn't the only rising cost facing college students.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

(Newser) As college tuition costs skyrocket, a second, sneakier bill is also on the rise, and students may not even see it coming. Many colleges across the country are increasing their mandatory student fees, and although individual charges might look small (and a little silly) on paper—Howard University has a $100 "globalization fee," Worcester State University charges a $72 "pedestrian fee," and UC Santa Cruz even slugs students $2.25 for "free HIV testing"—the costs can really rack up, reports ProPublica. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, fees are now six times that of in-state tuition.

Some college officials outright admit that the fees are basically a way of raising tuition without actually raising tuition. "The special institutional fee goes to the exact same things your tuition goes to," says a spokesman for Georgia's Board of Regents. Others insist they work hard to keep all costs transparent and accessible, but some students and their families disagree. "Yes, they are on the web somewhere, but they are not always easy to find," said one parent. "Unless you dig out the list and closely analyze it, you don't realize there are all these extra expenses. Schools don't go out of their way to publicize it." Click for the full report.

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Apr 1, 2013 12:38 PM CDT
Presidents of these Universities need not be getting paid $300,000.00 plus, as figure heads. When these young people decide to go with the present day flow, and enroll in their Tecnical Colleges in order to receive training for their futures and leave the University Degree for a few years down the road. Just maybe the cost will reduce do to the fact that these Universities can't for go the lost of mass enrollments. This is how to get things done, the way our youth wants them! Having to pay these high cost is their game; Don't play it!
Apr 1, 2013 12:22 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... I do believe the "real" hidden fees .. are for the costs, of trying to teach those minority unteachables .. who get those costly minority degrees .. like those given out, by the Ivy league colleges. Obama? ----------------------------------------------- REALLY?
Mar 31, 2013 10:42 PM CDT
If they're going to run the university/college system like a business then professors and universities need to be opened to lawsuits and held accountable for their performance in the classroom. Just another example of disgusting, money-grubbing individuals trying to squeeze the American population for all it's worth.