Segregated Fees/Differential Tuition

What are Segregated Fees?
The term “Segregated University Fee(s)” describes charges in addition to instructional fees that are assessed to all students for services, programs, and facilities that support the primary mission of the university.

Why do I pay for these fees if I don’t use what they fund?
Segregated fee funding is designed to provide funds for recreational, cultural, and leisure activities and groups that are not funded through other state appropriations. Segregated fees are not designed to be user fees, but are intended to contribute to the richness of the university community. Because segregated fees are not intended to be user fees, they function more like a tax. Students do have some control over where these fees are distributed.

How is it decided where the segregated fees are distributed?
Segregated fees are allocated to groups using the Student Senate committee structure. The SUFAC (Segregated University Fee Advisory Committee) develops the segregated fee budget and the Student Senate finalizes the approval.

What is Differential Tuition?
Students have agreed to fund some additional programs and services through the academic initiative program. These are programs that students felt strongly were needed to make UW-La Crosse a better campus to attend. The academic initiative program funds the Academic Advising Center, the Campus Climate Office, Multicultural recruiters, International travel experiences, and undergraduate research.

What is Growth Quality Access Differential Tuition?
UW-La Crosse has a time-honored record of enrolling, retaining and graduating talented individuals.  The campus is uniquely positioned to be able to attract a larger and more able student body, thereby graduating even more students. For example, the number of applicants to UW-La Crosse has steadily increased to the point that more than two applications are received for every place available in the freshmen class. More impressively, the academic profile for incoming freshmen consistently ranks first amongst the UW System Comprehensives. In order to capitalize on its reputation for high quality programs and market position, UW-La Crosse promotes Growth, Quality, and Access with the goals of:

  1. Allowing more Wisconsin residents access to UW-La Crosse in order to attain a college degree by growing the undergraduate enrollment of the university.

  2. Hiring additional faculty and staff in order to improve academic quality and enhance the undergraduate experience.

If you have additional questions regarding segregated fees please call University Centers at 608-785-8888.