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Differential Tuition

What is differential tuition?

Differential Tuition is a course fee equivalent charge per credit hour that helps the College of Engineering (CoE) fully foster a diverse and creative learning environment that will empower students and faculty with the necessary knowledge and facilities to be national and international leaders.

Why does the college charge differential tuition?

In March 2015, the Board of Trustees approved Differential Tuition for the CoE. Prior to Fall 2015, $2 per credit was charged for open access computer maintenance and upgrades.
The primary goal of differential tuition funds is to provide comprehensive learning environments with modern facilities and personnel resources to both undergraduate and graduate students. Differential Tuition allows the college to invest in adequate teaching faculty and teaching assistants to help with classroom activities including homework/project help, provide state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and software, provide opportunities for outreach activities such as participation in student-driven competition and programs, and provide networking opportunities to help prepare students for the modern workplace.

What courses have differential tuition?

All engineering courses, except for thesis or dissertation courses, have differential tuition. Courses that are cross-listed with other colleges, but taught by engineering faculty also have differential tuition. All lower level courses (less than 2999) may also have course-specific course fees to fulfill costs.

What is the cost of differential tuition?

School Year

Lower Division Courses

Cost Per Credit Hour (less than 2999)

Upper Division Courses Cost Per Credit Hour (higher than 2999)

Graduate Level Courses

Cost Per Credit Hour

2015-2016

$2

$19

$28

2016-2017

$2

$34

$48

2017-2018

$2

$48

$69

2018 +

Increase linked to Tier 1 tuition increases

What will differential tuition funds be spent on?

At the undergraduate level, differential tuition will be used to:

  • Support more timely degree completion by offering more required course sections
  • Improve learning by reducing class sizes
  • Maintain and upgrade labs with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Enrich senior design and other programs
  • Hire more student-peer mentors, teaching assistants, and graders
  • Support out-of-classroom experiences such as field trips and guest lecturers
  • Provide resources for student-driven outreach activities
  • Where needed, hire teaching-only faculty

At the graduate level, differential tuition will be used for:

  • Graduate students who need bridging-to-completion funds
  • Graduate student travel to conferences and other professional development opportunities
  • Support for specialized equipment
  • Resources for projects identified by graduate students
  • $2 per credit of the differential tuition fee is automatically allocated to engineering computer labs.
  • No differential tuition funds will be used to hire or increase salaries of tenured and/or tenure-track faculty.

Advisory Board Meeting (2015 – 2016)

Members

  • Jagath Kaluarachchi (Dean)
  • V. Dean Adams (EED)
  • Jake Gunther (ECE)
  • David Britt (BE)
  • Marvin Halling (CEE)
  • Vicki Allan (CS)
  • Ryan Berke (MAE)
  • Amber Buatte (College FO)
  • Olivia Binks (Student Leadership)
  • Jaque Johansen (Student Leadership)
  • Zeke Villarreal (Student Leadership)
  • Ayman Alafifi (Graduate Student Rep)

Minutes

Jagath reviewed the history of Differential Tuition and how the approval process it went through. He also described the different ways accounting made between different tuition and course fees.

Amber presented data on how Differential Tuition was spent for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. The slides she presented are attached.

Various questions were asked and suggestions made:

  • – Can Differential Tuition be used to add electrical outlets in the 3rd floor study area?
  • – It was mentioned that more TA’s would be beneficial.
  • – The smaller courses for entry level courses has been viewed as a great benefit.

Amber will be working with the Website Master to get information about how Differential Tuition was spent on the college website. The students would like an email to be sent out as well so that they know how to access that information.

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Data

USU College of Engineering Differential Tuition Fall 2015-Spring 2016
  • Beginning Fall 2015 Differential Tuition replaced course fees in all courses at the 3000 level or above, except for Thesis and Dissertation credits.
  • Total Differential Tuition Received $462,836.00
    • $47,032 was returned to the Registrar’s Office to cover Centrally Funded Scholarships.
    • $61,646.25 was allocation to the ENGR Computer Labs (~$2.00 per credit)
  • The remaining Differential Tuition Funds were given to the Academic Departments within the college
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Differential Tuition Summary for the 2015-2016 School Year (updated Feb. 2017)


Uses of differential tuition

Differential Tuition received for the 2015-2016 school year was used to support the following:

  • Replace needed lab equipment
  • Fund field trips
  • Purchase course supplies
  • Fund grader positions for 10,134 hours
  • Fund teaching assistant positions for 3,381 hours.

Undergraduate differential tuition

$2 per credit was allocated to the ENGR Computer Labs. The remaining differential tuition funds were allocated to the academic departments based on student credit hour enrollment.

Undergraduate differential tuition received for the 2015-2016 school year:

Semester Amount
Fall 2015 $141,846
Spring 2016 $134,441
Total $276,287
UG Diff Tuition

Graduate differential tuition

$2 per credit was allocated to the ENGR Computer Labs. The remaining differential tuition funds were allocated to the academic departments based on student credit hour enrollment.

Graduate differential tuition received for the 2015-2016 school year:

Semester Amount
Fall 2015 $38,037
Spring 2016 $35,322
Total $73,359
Grad Diff Tuition

Advisory Board Meeting (2016 – 2017)

PRESENT:

  • Amber Buatte (College FO)
  • Scott Budge (ECE)
  • Curtis Dyreson (CS)
  • Clint Ferrin (E-Council President)
  • Thom Fronk (College)
  • Jagath Kaluarachchi (College)
  • Erik Olsen (Engineering Senator)

Minutes

Differential tuition was put into place in fall 2015. This was put in place of course fees at the 3000 level or higher. Differential tuition is to benefit the students and provide additional resources to help with teaching and other student related activities and events. Differential tuition is applicable to graduate students as well. Since the start of the differential tuition implementation, tuition was phased in over a three-year period starting from FY16 through FY18. The college keeps 20% of the total revenue to support students activities and the remaining is given out to individual departments based on student enrollments and credit hours of teaching offered.

Thom feels that the best option is to be looking out for the needs of the students.

It was stated that student clubs and organization request supporting funds from the Dean’s office. Erik Olsen asked about cost sharing. It was stated that the college requires 25% of funding should come from the clubs’ major department and the rest mostly supported from the college to a maximum of around $5000. If needed, student can do outside fund raising to help as well.

Amber went over tuition distribution data discussing the different amounts spent by departments and the corresponding areas of focus such as TA wages, supplies, etc.

Amber indicated that per original proposal, differential tuition cannot be used to pay salaries of tenure track faculty but funds can be used to hire or pay salaries of teaching faculty such as lecturers and professional practice professors including supporting personnel such as technicians


Data

USU College of Engineering Differential Tuition Fiscal Year 2017

  • Total Differential Tuition Received $806,886
    • $69,868 was returned to the Registrar’s Office to cover Centrally Funded Scholarships.
    • $70,643 was allocated to the ENGR Computer Lab (~$2.00 per credit)
  • The remaining Differential Tuition Funds were allocated to the academic departments and the Dean’s Office.
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Differential Tuition Summary for the 2016-2017 School Year (updated Mar 2018)


Total Differential Tuition Received $806,886
  • – $69,868 was returned to cover Centrally Funded Scholarships.
  • – $70,643 was allocated to the ENGR Computer Lab (~$2.00 per credit)
Uses of differential tuition

Differential Tuition received for the 2016-2017 school year was used to support the following:

  • Support TA’s/Graders
  • Provide supplies/equipment for class projects
  • Support clubs within the college
  • Lab repairs, improvements and maintenance
  • Employ students in the Engineering Writing Center
  • Support the IDEA Factory

Undergraduate Differential Tuition

Differential tuition funds were allocated to the academic departments based on student credit hour enrollment. 20% was also allocated to the Dean’s Office for support at the college level.

Undergraduate differential tuition received for the 2015-2016 school year:

Semester Amount
Summer 2016 $1,855.99
Fall 2016 $276,934.17
Spring 2017 $266,421.60
Summer 2017 $1,048.80
Total $546,260.56

Graduate Differential Tuition

Differential tuition funds were allocated to the academic departments based on student credit hour enrollment. 20% was also allocated to the Dean’s Office for support at the college level.

Semester Amount
Summer 2016 $9,338.04
Fall 2016 $59,914.28
Spring 2017 $44,637.53
Summer 2017 $6,224.97
Total $120,114.82