Oof. I just paid a bill for summer tuition.
SJSU Web Online Payments
Current Date: 05/25/2012
Payments Received Amount
And it's not even the full amount, because I haven't been approved for LIBR 294 yet, so I can't register for it. The due date for payment, though, is before the deadline to add a new class. So this is the bulk of it, and I'll see more tuition (for two credits) and probably another $50 fee in a week or two. **EDIT** Actually, make that today. $1,002.00 more.**
This is how it breaks down:
Document Fee 10.00
Facility Fee 37.00
Association Fee 49.00
Health Service Fee 85.00
IRA Fee 90.00
Student Union Fee 217.00
Library-Course Fee 50.00
IES Summer Tuition Fee 1,428.00
Total due 1,966.00
Other than the last two line items, those are fees charged to every Regular Session student -- even if they don't live close enough to use the facilities or health clinic and choose not to join any associations, attend any sports games or special events, meet at the student union, etc. It's the tossup choice you make at the beginning of your program (if, like me, you DO live in the catchment area and have the option to be a Regular Session student) -- pay extra fees for Regular Session, or pay more per credit unit for Special Session? If you go Regular, you pay flat tuition fees for either half-time (6 units or less) or full-time (more than 6 units) for each fall/spring semester. That's because tuition is subsidized by state funding for in-state students. If you choose Special, you don't have to pay those campus fees, but you pay a flat fee PER CREDIT, whether you take 3 or 4 credits per term or 12 (a very heavy load for graduate courses). The price per credit is higher because those students don't receive state funds.
Because of my high course load in a short period of time (I'm gunning to complete my program in 2 years even though I'm also working full-time), Regular Session made more sense for me in the long run. I took 10 credits in Fall 2011 and 10 in Spring 2012 (just wrapping up), and paid the "6 credits+" full-time rate. It was a good deal, even with the fees (the total fee amount comes out to less than 2 credits' worth of tuition). However, you can't choose to switch from Regular to Special (or vice versa) after you start the program. You're stuck for the whole time. So the difficulty I'm facing now is that Regular Session tuition isn't subsidized by the state during summer term.
Tuition is higher. I'm still paying the fees for on-campus stuff I won't use. And that means my bank account is feeling a little anemic just now. *groan*