TBR Finance Committee sets meetings on student fees for Feb. 7, Feb. 20 & March 10

The Tennessee Board of Regents Committee on Finance and Business Operations will meet Friday, Feb. 7, to begin discussions of student fees at the state’s community colleges and colleges of applied technology for the 2020-21 academic year.

The committee will meet by telephone conference call at 1 p.m. CT. The meeting is open; anyone wishing to join the call as listeners should contact Board Secretary Sonja Mason at 615-366-3927 or sonja.mason@tbr.edu by 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, for call-in information.

The meeting is the first of three the committee has scheduled to consider student fees for the next academic year. The others are set for Feb. 20 at 9:30 a.m. and March 10 at 10 a.m.

The Feb. 7 agenda is an informational overview of requests from Board of Regents colleges for possible changes in incidental and mandatory fees other than tuition. Incidental fees are charges for specific classes, labs, licensure exams, materials and services to individual students and not billed to all students at a college. Mandatory fees, such as technology and student activity fees, are billed to all full-time students enrolled at a college.

The Feb. 7 meeting is informational only, with no vote planned. Discussions will continue at the next two meetings, and the committee will likely act at the March 10 meeting on potential recommendations to the full Board of Regents, which must approve all fees charged to students.

The College System of Tennessee is the state’s largest public higher education system, with 13 community colleges, 24 colleges of applied technology and the online TN eCampus serving approximately 140,000 students. The system is governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.