Exactly how much of your hard earned research salary is allocated to University Fees? Sure, there are plenty of valid services, such as our transportation services to get around campus, activitiy and recreation fees, health fees as well as an institutional fee. However, is there a better way for Georgia Universities to finance those services with out taking it directly out of your pocket? Could this be rolled into tuition? Are there government grants that could provide that income, or even a fundraising campaign that could fund these services? Answers to these questions are exactly what the Graduate Student Association executive boards of University of Georgia, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Medical College of Georgia are working to provide. The key here is to understand that as a collaborative group, we are not looking to eliminate the income that fees bring to our universities. In fact, we understand that the income from fees is impreative to providing a safe campus, modern technologies and clean facilities. Our goal is to brainstorm alternatives to supplement fee income in other ways than writing a check of nearly 1/3 of your research salary. So, let me ask you this, what would your budget look like if you paid your fees directly out of your tuition rather than a seperate check? If rolling it into tuition is not an option, What other ways could the univerisities obtain the same income that fees provide? Or, what are your thoughts about a hybrid solution, where half of the fee income is rolled into your tuition and 1/2 is dedicated to fees?
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