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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

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Office of the President April 4, 1989 FCRS Members, Board of Trustees: ESTABLISHMENT OF A MANDATORY REGISTRATION FEE POLICY Reconmmendation: that the mandatory registration fee be set considering the ability of Kentucky students to pay as well as the levels of such fees charged at similar institutions. These criteria will provide the context within which increases in the level of the registration fee will be proposed and considered. The mandatory registration fee in this policy is defined as those fees charged all students beyond tuition levels set by the Kentucky Council on Higher Education. The total mandatory registration fee will not exceed the median level of the mandatory fees assessed at the benchmark institutions as adjusted by the relationship of Kentucky's per capita income (PCPI) to the median PCPI of the benchmark state. (For example, if the median of the fees at the benchmarks as a percentage of per capita personal income is 2.5% the registration fee at the University will not exceed 2.57% of the Kentucky per capita personal income.) BkacrQw=d. Prior to July 1982, the Council on Higher Education limited institutions from assessing student fees in excess of $20 per semester. In 1982, the Council eliminated the ceiling on student fees, and consistent with House Bill 622, institutions assumed responsibility for setting such fees. At its June 21, 1988 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a recommendation directing the President to develop a policy for changes in mandatory fees. This policy was to establish guidelines for review of the fee and to include factors to be utilized in establishing or increasing fees. Further, the proposed policy was to consider the factors utilized in the Council on Higher Education tuition policy to include fees charged at comparable institutions and the students' ability to pay in Kentucky. The formulation of the policy was to involve consultation with the Student Government Association. This policy does not imply that the registration fee would automatically be adjusted upward; rather, it sets an upper limit for the establishment of the fee. Any adjustments to the current fee will continue to be brought to the Board of Trustees for review and approval within the context of this policy. Date: April 4. 1989 Action taken: Approved Disapproved Other