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Your Tuition and You: How CU is Screwing Us All


CU Boulder is one of the most expensive public schools in this country, grossing over $633,224,553.60 million of our parent’s (and the federal government’s) hard earned dollars per year. Oftentimes students are left scratching our heads as to why this amount of money doesn’t entitle every one of us to be driving around campus and sipping champagne between classes? Using the awesome power of the internet, The Black Sheep‘s team of not drunk research scientists have put together a list of the most ridiculous expenses that we pay, because knowledge is power!


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Student Fees $297.75/per student per semester (or $19,103,640.00 per year):



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What exactly is meant by, “student fees” and why are there $19,103,640 million of them per year? Our natural inclination is to assume that the school is saving up to buy a CU ski resort, waiting to throw the best 4:20 party ever, or absolve all of our student loans (please God!). At least buy us a better football team! But most likely, it’s going to some mild mannered administrator’s bonus. Thanks Obama!



Capital Construction Fee $170.00 (or $10,907,200.00 per year):


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We know traffic sucks at CU during the summer, but come on! Oddly enough, this is still way cheaper than “Student Fees” (8,196,440.00 million cheaper to be exact) and at least we can see where that money is going. Still, traffic is annoying, and you might as well invest that money into a making a better football team, rather than a facility for people to watch half of a game and then leave to drink. Let us not neglect to mention that this does not include the construction on the Rec Center expansion… better be an egregious amount of HD TVs in there! 



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Program Fees on top of tuition fees 5-300 dollars (or up to 9,624,000):


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We would have thought that course fees would be figured into a CU tuition fee, but they aren’t. These fees cost anywhere from $5 – $300 ($160,400.00 – $9,624,000.00). There is also this cryptic piece of information from the website, “Course fees are sometimes cross-referenced with different classes. For example, you may be enrolled in an Environmental Studies (ENVS) course and be charged a geography course fee (GEOG).” Which means that they might just arbitrarily charge you for a class that you aren’t even taking. And those sneaky bastards actually thought they could get away with it.



Mental Health Resource Fee 21.14 (or 678,171.20):


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Not at all upset about this one. We at The Black Sheep are excited to be part of a mentally healthy campus. Considering the number of people we have crammed on campus every day, it only makes sense to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on mental health. If anything we should probs be taking a chunk out of the $1.7 million Athletic Fee that pays for sports we suck at and putting it here… but what do we know.  



Student Information Systems Fee 7.00 (or $224,560):


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$224,560 is just barely enough to pay for one good systems developer. If you have ever tried to sign up for classes at CU (which you probably have if you are reading this) then you should be outraged that they don’t spend a little more money on making this system better. If they took like, 10 dollars away from “Student Fees” we might be able to sign up for classes without wanting to smash our computers.


With all of this money on the table, we should be feeling a little more entitled to the services we are given around campus. How about some more dope concerts? Maybe a free day or two at Crested Butte? Either way, the administration is totally dropping the ball on spreading its wealth. Now you know!






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