Student Success Fee

Student Success Fee

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Specifically, how will this enhance my educational experience? A: Bloomsburg University believes the support and experiential learning programs it offers outside of the classroom are unique and distinctive. These programs contribute significantly to the total student experience and prepare BU students for success while enrolled and after graduation. The Student Success Fee will provide funding to ensure that these vital programs remain available. In addition, this funding will enable the university to pursue opportunities to enhance and expand these programs, with the goal of providing a total quality experience for each student. Without this additional funding, the continuance of these programs may be in jeopardy. The Student Success Fee will provide additional funding to ensure long-term financial sustainability and the availability of critical programs.
  • Will this fee increase over time? A: Increases to the Student Success Fee will match tuition increases approved annually by the Board of Governors.
  • How will this fee differ from the Academic Enhancement Fee? A: BU’s instruction fee, known as the Academic Enhancement fee, supports general instructional operations and academic facilities needs.
  • Will this fee affect my financial aid? A: The Student Success Fee will not affect financial aid.
  • What is Impact 2017? A: Impact 2017 is Bloomsburg University’s strategic plan, an updated version of Impact 2015: Building on the Past, Leading for the Future. The issues included in BU’s strategic plan guide all new programming and initiatives.

In 1984, the state appropriation accounted for 65 percent of Bloomsburg University’s revenue. Today, that figure has dropped to 25 percent. BU is at risk of losing the ability to provide the high-quality educational experience our students expect and deserve. While the state appropriation has continually decreased, the need for academic support services and career development resources and experiences continues to rise. Clearly, the financial model that has been used in the past is no longer sustainable and the revenue from the Student Success Fee is necessary for the university to continue on course.

What is the Student Success Fee?

The Student Success Fee will protect the quality of the BU student experience by ensuring ongoing funding to support initiatives across campus that have a significant impact on student retention and graduation rates. The Student Success Fee will safeguard access to services that benefit all students, protect and enhance the quality of programs offered outside the classroom and ensure that high-quality programs are available so students may graduate on time. The fee will be assessed to all undergraduates, beginning fall 2016, at a rate of $300 per semester or $25 per credit for part-time students.

Impact on students

The Student Success Fee will support the long-term financial sustainability of Bloomsburg University and the quality of the total student experience. It will provide funding to cover expenses associated with maintaining and enhancing student academic support services and activities and advisement, as well as career development and associated experiential learning opportunities. Maintaining and enhancing access to support programs and advising will help facilitate students’ on-time graduation. Maintaining and enhancing support for university staff focused on career development and associated experiences ensures that Bloomsburg students are prepared for professional and personal success in an increasingly complex global environment.

How will the funds be used?

Revenue from the Student Success Fee will allow Bloomsburg University’s quality educational experience to continue. It will enhance initiatives that contribute to student success, with a goal of increasing undergraduate student retention and degree attainment. The fee also will support the BU strategic enrollment management division in strengthening recruitment, retention, advisement and financial aid services, with a focus on new degree programs to meet changing demographics and employment needs of the commonwealth.