Finance & Business Operations Committee to meet March 12 to consider incidental student fees for 2019-20

The Tennessee Board of Regents Committee on Finance and Business Operations will meet Tuesday, March 12, to consider increases or other modifications in some incidental student fees at six of the state’s community colleges that requested them for the 2019-20 academic year.

The committee will meet by telephone conference call at 9 a.m. CT March 12. The conference meeting is open to the public. Anyone wishing to join the call as listeners should contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason at 615-366-3927 by 4 p.m. March 11 for call-in information.

Incidental fees are charges for specific classes, labs, activities, parking, licensure exams, materials and other services to individual students and not billed to all students at a college. Whatever increases or changes the committee recommends will go to the full Board of Regents at its March 21 meeting for final review and action.

Mandatory fees – such as technology and student activity fees – are billed to all students enrolled at a college. Changes in mandatory fees will be considered – along with tuition – at the Board’s quarterly meeting June 21. The committee met Feb. 5 to begin its discussion of student fee modifications requested by the colleges and the March 12 meeting continues that discussion, along with a vote on the modifications.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.