Every semester, students check the portal for the semester’s term bill, just hoping they can decipher it, and find out what they are being charged.
Good Luck figuring it out.
Prices go up and the bill gets more confusing. The usual questions why so much, and where does it go? The biggest thing that balloons the term bill is the fees. They can be divided into about six categories: Computer Fee, PIRG, Campus Fee, School Fee, Tuition, and finally Health Insurance. Luckily, a couple of the fees are optional and can easily be removed with a waiver. The others sadly are unavoidable and really drive up prices.
The first important issue is the optional fees. There may only be two that impact the Camden campus, but they are just as important as the required fees. The first fee is the Rutgers Student Health Insurance Plan. This is roughly $600-700. It’s a great thing for those who are unable to get health care but for those who already have it this is something to opt out of. To be able to opt out of the health insurance you must fill out a waiver, where you will have to provide proof of being insured by giving a policy number.
The other optional fee may only cost you a steep $11.20 but it’s one that not that many people know about. The fee is for the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG). If you don’t know who they are, you may have seen one of their student members coming into your class asking you to sign a petition telling the Mayor of Camden they want to make New Brunswick 20 percent solar in the coming years.
Next is the mandatory fees breakdown and they affect the students. The first fee is called the Campus fee and its $1,155.50 for undergrad and $928.25 for graduate school students. This fee is applied to both full and part time students. Implementing this fee allows the school to assist and aid student-run, programs along with athletics and the shuttle bus. The computer fee was created to so that the school can “offer students access to state-of- the- art computer equipment”. This includes being able to print at the many locations on campus, and the many software options that are available on the computers.
Now here is the kicker of all these fees it’s called the course fee. Meaning if you take five courses you are basically paying five separate fees and the schools crunches it into one. How do you know you how much the course you are taking costs? Rutgers has given students a nice Pdf that shows prices that vary from $17 all the way to a whopping $2,500. Click here to view the pdf.
The website describes “The course is fee covers the cost of supplies, equipment, and materials utilized in classes for instructional purposes.”
School fees are another big deal on your bill because they also vary. These variations are a lot smaller in the sense that it only depends which school you attend here in Camden. “Included in this category are charges that such as the School of Business fee, the law library fee at the law schools in Camden and New Brunswick.” Get ready to be seriously confused. If you go to Camden College of Arts and Science or the University College your fee is $53.50. Are you attending the School of Business? Your calculated number is $87. Camden’s School of Nursing students have to pay $197.50. In graduate programs the fees are just as varied. If you are studying at the School of Law, yours is the highest at $366. The school of Business is $152 and the Graduate Nursing School is $269.50. Finally the cheapest fee award is a tie between the MBS Graduate school of Camden, and the Doctorate Physical Therapy School at a $21.
With things like ink, gas, and the price of West Law, no wonder why there are so many fees. The numbers might even make the best business major student a little uneasy, but they still exist. They might not seem fair but hey at least they are were not like some schools where money could have been spent to have Kanye West be the commencement speaker to a bunch of fashion students.