University of Michigan to levy $65 per-term student fee to pay for $173M in gym, union renovations
Correction: An earlier version of this article said the $65 student fee would be annual. The fee will actually be levied each term.
The University of Michigan Board of Regents agreed Thursday to begin levying a $65 per term student fee so the school can fund renovations to its gyms and unions - projects that will cost an estimated $173 million.
"We want our students to be healthy, to work out," said board chair Denise Ilitch. "I am in full support of this."
Meanwhile, U-M's Michigan Union is the third-oldest student union in the nation, according to officials.
U-M students already pay an $80 registration fee, about $8.70 in student government fees and an $8.50 legal fee. Provost-elect Martha Pollack said the university has relatively few fees compared with other institutions. Resident tuition and fees at U-M are about $13,000 a year.
The fee will be included in need-based financial aid packages.
There is no set revenue stream that pays for U-M's three recreational facilities — which were constructed in 1928, 1976 and 1977 — and that would naturally fund renovations.
Not all regents agreed on the fee.
"We have many things we'd like to have. We are embarking on a campaign and we are looking at opportunities to do those thing," Regent Andrea Newman said. "I would be remiss to support a fee on students for the next 30 years without feeling that we had done everything we could to fund the unions in a different way.
"I personally am not in favor of raising mandatory fees. I think if students had a choice on whether or not they'd participate I would feel more comfortable," she continued.