SGA votes to increase student fees

Devon Greene, editor-in-chief

The Western Illinois University Student Government Association approved an increase in student fees at Tuesday’s meeting.

The vote on the fee increase was set to take place two weeks ago but it was postponed due to inclement weather that left members of the student government unable to make it to the meeting.

Tuesday, the vote was finally held and it was overwhelmingly supported by those within SGA with a 13-0-2 tally in favor of the increase. However, this does not mean the increase is going into effect quite yet. The next step in this process will be a vote at the next WIU Board of Trustees meeting later this month.

The total increase that will affect incoming students, starting in the Fall 2020 semester will be $1.91. The current rate for students enrolled at Western is $92.72 per credit hour and this increase will raise that to $94.69 per credit hour.

According to Executive Director of Personnel and Finance Affairs, Ketra Roselib, this fee increase will only affect full time students taking face to face classes on the Macomb campus.

The proposed increase will be used for student activities, facilities, technology and transit fees.