Guidelines for the Board Policy: Institutional Plan for Student
Fees
07/31/2017




Purpose and Background
The Board Policy titled “Institutional Plan for Student Fees” (Policy) was developed in accordance with §23-5-
119.5, C.R.S. (2012) and the Colorado Department of Higher Education policy on Student Fees (Section IV, Part
C). These guidelines supplement the policy to provide additional information, background, and procedures.
It is the intent of the Board that the fol owing wil be considered when setting fee rates:
• Perform the fee process in an open and transparent manner, including opportunities for student input;
• Promote clarity, simplicity and predictability for students and families;
• Maintain access and affordability for students; and
• Enhance the quality of educational programs and offerings, strengthen financial position and support
strategic plans and goals.
These guidelines and procedures were completed to ensure compliance with Board Intent. If there are
omissions, exceptions, or unintended consequences in these guidelines, the treatment of fee activity wil be
governed by Board intent.
The general categories of fees and charges include the following:
Campus-wide Mandatory fees are charged to all students regardless of class standing, courses selected and/or
program or study. They are used to support student related activities outside the classroom. These activities
are primarily self-supporting, but may receive gift fund or general fund subsidies. Examples include the
Recreation Center, Athletics, Academic Building, and Student Center fees. Revenue is used to support the
program operations, building operations, capital and control ed maintenance, and debt payments. New
mandatory fees or fee increases greater than 1% above CPI, must go through the student approval process and
are approved by the Board. A list of mandatory fees may be found in the Policy.
Course Specific/Program Specific fees fund specific activity that is related to a course or program, but are
outside the normal cost of providing instruction. Examples include laboratory fees, field trip fees, or fees for
specific tools or other consumables. Course fees are only charged to students enrolled in a particular course or
program, and may only benefit those courses. Course fees require the review of student government for
potential feedback or input and are approved by the Board.
Administrative fees cover the costs of delivering specific services which are incidental to instructional
activities. Examples include application, orientation, room and board, and study abroad fees. Administrative
fees require the review of student government for potential feedback or input and are approved by the Board.
Other Charges include activity that is provided for the convenience of students, faculty, and staff and are
voluntary in nature. Examples include the Copy Center, Outdoor Recreation rentals, and Dental Clinic fees.
Other charges are provided to student government for informational purposes and do not require Board
approval.
The Fees and Charges process is managed by the Fees/Charges Administrator (Administrator) who may be the
Department Head, Director or any other individual responsible for administering and overseeing the fee or
charge.

Fees
Process - Fees
Mines strives to provide an open and transparent process for setting and changing fees. It is intended that the
approval process be inclusive and represent a cohesive decision that promotes the strategic goals and
initiatives for the institution. This process requires review and input from students, Budget Committee, and
Executive Officers prior to submitting a recommendation to the Board for final approval.
Proposal Submission: A request for a new fee or an increase to a fee should be submitted for review and
discussion at the start of the academic year. A fee proposal should be completed by the Administrator. The
proposal should include a completed fee template, a financial break-even analysis, and other justification that
is applicable to the fee. The proposal will be reviewed by the respective Dean or Vice President. If approved,
they will schedule an Executive review including the Provost, the Executive Vice President and the Vice
President of Student Life.
Executive Review: The Executive review ensures the proposal complies with the intent of the Board regarding
fees. They will review the purpose (strategic) of the proposal and the potential impact on operations (financial
position), cost of attendance (affordability), and relations with the State (compliance). If the proposal is
approved, the Executive Vice President wil approve the fee to move forward in the Budget process.
Student Vote: Per the Policy, all new (or increases greater than 1% above CPI) for Campus-wide Mandatory
Fees shal be approved by a vote of USG and GSG. This process occurs during the fal semester. The
Administrator will contact the Dean of Students to submit a proposal for consideration. The proposal and
presentation wil be added to an agenda item for review and input at the following USG/GSG joint meeting.
The student governments may choose to vote at that meeting or at a subsequent meeting if more information
is desired. A timeline for the approval of mandatory fees may be found in the policy.
Budget Process: Once approved by the Executive team and students (as applicable), fee templates must be
submitted to the Budget Office by November 30th to be included in the cost of attendance calculations and the
institutional budget request with the Schedule of Fees and Charges or “fee packet”. The budget request
requires review by the Campus Budget Committee and if approved, they will submit their recommendation to
the President for consideration. If the President approves, then it will be submitted to the Board for final
approval.
Student review and input: In conjunction with the Budget Process, the Undergraduate and Graduate student
governments (USG and GSG) have the opportunity to review and provide input on all fees at the Board of
Trustees meeting in early spring (typically April). The Budget Office will provide the Schedule of Fees and
Charges to USG and GSG presidents in early March. USG and GSG wil conduct an open forum and solicit
feedback to the Administrator, the Budget Office, and to their Student Board representative as necessary. If a
student has concerns regarding student related fee issues, then they may fol ow the Complaint Resolution
process.
Implementation: After Board approval, the Budget Office will update the Schedule of Fees and Charges and
will inform: Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid, Graduate Office, Admissions, and the Administrator and
Deans/Directors. The schedule wil be posted on the Budget Office website and wil be linked to websites for
the Bursar, Admissions, and the Graduate Office. It is recommended that Administrators provide information
regarding their fees and charges on their home department websites as appropriate.
When a new fee is approved, the Administrator must contact the Controller’s Office to initiate the setup of a
new Banner Index. The Controller’s office will work with the Administrator to manage col ections and the
accounting for revenue and related expenses.


Management - Fees
It is the Administrator’s responsibility to ensure the financial management of the fee is in compliance with
state statutes and policies, as well as all Mines policies, procedures, and guidelines.
In order to maintain access and affordability to students, all fees should be set at a level where the overall
operating activity is expected to break even on average and, at a minimum, maintain a positive cash balance.
Cash balances may include working capital (30-60 days) and reserves for equipment replacement, planned
capital construction, and control ed maintenance. Any cash balances in excess of these amounts wil be used to
support a rate reduction in the fol owing year. Funds derived from fees, in general, may not be used to
subsidize normal instructional activities (General Fund) or to support unrelated activities. Expense or cash
transfers between fee and other institutional accounts may only occur for corrections or exceptions approved
by the Director of Budget and will be subject to a case by case analysis.
Each year the Budget Office wil request Administrators to update the fee template to include:
• Forecasted revenue and expense for the current year and projections for the fol owing year;
• Current fee rate;
• Fund balance; and
• Explanation for excess fund balance and variance explanations for differences between revenues and
expense
Fee templates wil be due to the Budget Office no later than November 30 to be included in the Cost of
Attendance Calculation and/or the campus budget request process.
The Vice President for each respective area wil approve the updated template and submit to the Budget Office
for final approval by the Executive Vice President.

Other Charges
Other charges are for those activities provided for convenience and primarily to faculty, students and staff.
Incidental sales to external customers may occur, but are expected to be immaterial to overall operations.
Other charges that are most often provided to students, faculty and staff, are included in the Schedule of Fees
and Charges for informational purposes.
Process – Other Charges
Budget Process: Administrators will submit updates for all other charges to the Budget Office via email by
November 30th to be included in the Schedule of Fees and Charges or “fee packet” for informational purposes.
A template is not required.
Student review and input: In conjunction with the Budget Process, the Budget Office will provide the Schedule
of Fees and Charges to USG and GSG presidents in early March for informational purposes.
Implementation: Once the budget process is complete, the Budget Office will update the Schedule of Fees and
Charges and will inform: Bursar’s Office, Financial Aid, Graduate Office, Admissions, and the Administrator and
Deans/Directors. The schedule will be posted on the Budget Office website and will be linked to websites for
the Bursar, Admissions, and the Graduate Office. It is recommended that Administrators provide information
regarding their fees and charges on their home department websites as appropriate.

To implement a new charge, the Administrator must contact the Controller’s Office to initiate the setup of a
new Banner Index. The Controller’s office will work with the Administrator to manage collections and the
accounting for revenue and related expenses
Management – Other Charges
It is the Administrator’s responsibility to ensure the financial management of the fee is in compliance with
State statutes and policies, as well as all Mines policies, procedures, and guidelines. Included in these policies
are three that specifically address sales and services of “other” activity to the Mines community as well as
external customers:
• Educational Business Activities Policy
• Unrelated Business Income Tax Policy
• University Facilities Use Policy

In general, the activity should be self-supporting and revenues should not be used to subsidize other activity.
Exceptions may be approved by the budget office.

Timeline
The estimated timeline outlined below was developed to coordinate with Board meetings and the academic
year calendar. Adjustments may occur based on changes in schedules for the Board meetings.
August – September: New fees, or fee increase proposals are submitted to the Executive Team for
review and approval
October – November: New Mandatory Fees and increases 1% greater than CPI are approved by USG
and GSG
November: All Fee templates and updates for charges are submitted to the Budget Office
March: Schedule of Fees and Charges is reviewed by USG and GSG Councils
March – April: Schedule of Fees and Charges reviewed by Budget Committee and President
April – May: Board approval of fees and final budget











Decision Tree


Do you manage a

Fee or a Charge?

Fee
Charge
What type of Fee?
Submit charge information to the Budget
Office by November 30th
Mandatory
Admin/ Course

Do you have a request for a new fee or
Do you have a request for a new fee or
an increase to an existing fee?
an increase to an existing fee?
Yes
No
Yes
No


Fee proposal must be provided to and
Fee proposal must be provided to and
Submit the updated fee
approved by the VP/Dean for presentation
approved by the VP/Dean for presentation
template to the Budget
to the Executive Team in Aug/Sept.
to the Executive Team in Aug/Sept.
Office by November 30th.
New or Incr. > 1%+CPI
Incr. < 1%+CPI or No Change


Present to USG & GSG
for approval by vote.
Denied
Approved

Revise proposal as
Submit the updated fee template to
Approved
required. Present revision
the Budget Office by November 30th
to Executive Team, USG &
GSG for approval.