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UNT Tuition Bill Breakdown—What The Hell Are “Mandatory Fees?”


It’s no secret that universities will try to get every nickel and dime they can out of its students, right? UNT is one of the more affordable public universities in Texas, costing undergraduate Texas residents, taking 15 credit hours, around $5,060.00 per semester. But, if you really look at the tuition and fees page on the student accounting services website, you’ll notice there are “mandatory fees,” which range from specific fees to egregiously vague, and are pretty costly when you attend UNT for four years. So, what do all these fees go towards? We looked into it. 



Student Service Fees:



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If you take fifteen credit hours this semester, you’re paying $216.15 for these fees… fees that add up to ~$6.5 million a year to cover “recreation” and “services” and “oratorical activities” – because we all know what those are! Hope you voted in the student government elections, because they definitely do stuff, and you definitely pay for them to exist. 



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Intercollegiate Athletics Fee:


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If you don’t play a varsity sport, guess what, as of the start of this semester, you’re paying for other people to play sports – like our football team that went, uh, 1-11 this year. If you’re taking 15 credit hours this semester then you paid $165 for that to happen! With an enrollment around 35,000 students, UNT now earns a little over $6 million dollars each semester from this fee, so hopefully they start… paying the players more? Er, something. 



Student Union Fee:



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The big and fancy new Union’s had to cost somethin’, right? So next time you’re lookin’ deep into the dead eyes of Dr. Phil, know that you paid for that poster, you paid for someone to print a large image of Dr. Phil on canvas and have it set up on a wall. You did. 



Medical Services Fee:


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$66.85 for the fall and spring semesters. This fee is exactly what it says, it covers any type of medical attention service students may or may not need while enrolled at the university – that’s all fine and good. But isn’t this just like, health insurance? If you’re on your parents’ insurance like most students, shouldn’t you be able to opt out of this? Maybe we’re missing something. OR MAYBE WE’RE NOT!!!! 



Library Use Fee:


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That’s a cool $1mil for the university every year, to spend on maintenance of the library and “other services” that students need. The website does not specify what those services are, but we’re going to put our money on “Underground Janitor Fight Club Ring.” Gotta keep those guys happy and hungry, yano? 



Undergraduate Advising Fee:





So, $3.25 per hour, at fifteen hours is $48.75, $390 if you attend UNT for four years. Think of how much pizza from Crooked Crust you could have bought with that cash. Say around 35,000 undergraduate students pay this fee each semester, then that’s slightly over $1.7 million each semester that UNT rakes in for academic advisors to look at the course publications (see below) and say “uh, yeah… maybe take like, an Advanced Lit course? Yeah, that’ll get you graduated probably.” 



Publication Fee:




You pay $20 each semester, $40 in one year, and $160 for four years for UNT to do things that it should already be doing. Why on earth should 36,486 students pay to know what courses are available and catalogs they’ll never read? Alright, so, 36,486 students pay $40 each year toward this fee, that’s slightly over $1.4 million dollars just toward, uh, pamphlets and catalogs and “other publications.” Mk, we’ll go to the grocery store and pay $40 on chips, a drink, and “other things.”


So, if you study at UNT for your entire undergrad career, you’re paying a pretty penny for these mandatory fees, some of which aren’t super specific, or are just for things many students don’t really utilize. And while this total doesn’t even consider your $300+ parking pass (!) one might wonder with the ever-increasing price of a college education, maybe some of these fees should be cut.


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