Program Fees and Course Fees

The School of Journalism charges students program fees and course fees to provide special services and equipment required to prepare students for their professional careers. Ideally, the university would provide funds for the extra expenses, but that would not be fair to other majors, such as History or Philosophy, that do not require specialized equipment or services. Many majors at the UA don’t need the latest industry-standard software, digital cameras, or internship training, but journalism does to remain nationally competitive. We want to make sure students have the tools they need to succeed.

Undergraduate Program Fees

Journalism majors at the junior and senior levels are charged $250 per semester in program fees. In comparison, most departments at the UA with program fees charge more, some as high as $900 per semester or more (see list at http://academicaffairs.arizona.edu/2016-2017-abor-approved-requests-and-rate-sheets). Arizona State University’s journalism program charges $500 per semester, and they apply it to all majors, not just juniors and seniors. We might consider expanding the program fee to all majors, since many students begin using the services immediately. Of the roughly $90,000 in program fees collected each year, 14 percent is set aside and redistributed to students who demonstrate financial need, and about 15 percent is allocated to the university’s central administration, leaving about $68,000 a year directly for student services. Here is the annual budget for the undergraduate program fee:

• Internship coordinator, part-time (Renee Schafer Horton) to help students
get internships, jobs                                                                                    $26,980

• Staff support for extracurricular activities (coordination of events
for students, such as Loft movie series, Just Desserts awards, etc.)         $26,980

• Special page design assistance for courses and publications                   $5,000

• Graders and other student course assistants                                             $4,250

• Student club support (SPJ, etc.)                                                                 $3,500

• Student club dues                                                                                       $1,500

• Extras when available (reading room equipment, school media expenses, etc.)

TOTAL                                                                                                    $68,210

Graduate Program Fees

Journalism grad students pay $100 per credit as a program fee. Of the total $22,000 in revenue typical each year, the university distributes about $3,000 for students who demonstrate financial need and another $3,000 is allocated to the university’s central administration. The school is left with about $16,000 to go toward coordination of the master’s program by paying for some of the salary and benefits of the graduate program coordinator.

Course Fees

Course fees pay for specific resources used in specific classes, such as lab computers, software, video cameras, and course travel. Course fees total about $50,000 annually to pay the equipment and software needed to prepare students for the workforce. This ensures we have excellent equipment and software in our five computer labs. Course fees are a lot more limited than program fees because they can be spent only on direct costs tied to each class, such as computers used in specific classrooms, cameras, or travel expenses. This can make it more challenging in updating labs that are used for multiple purposes (e.g., students technically cannot have open labs unless they are tied to a specific class that has course fees paying for the lab.) In addition to course fees, we also raise donations toward class expenses, including the purchase of a drone, 360 virtual reality cameras, and updated classroom projectors and furniture. Here is a typical annual budget in course fees in total:

• Lab attendants for Jour 203 and 307                                 $5,000

• Video cameras                                                                    $5,000

• DSLR digital cameras                                                         $5,000

• Lab refresh                                                                         $34,850

During summer 2016 we provided new computers
for the Harelson Lab, Marshall 342. After a refresh
each 18 months, we cascade the old computers
toveach other lab.

TOTAL                                                                                 $49,850          

 

Specifically, here are the course fees for each class:

Course Fees

 

Class

Annual total

Multimedia courses ($100 each)

 

203 Photojournalism

$11,300

319 Visual Journalism

$1,800

307 Multimedia

$10,800

507 Multimedia for MA

$900

TOTAL MULTIMEDIA

$24,800

Writing-intensive courses ($55 each)

 

205 Newswriting

$6,050

209 Writing and Reporting

$880

306 Advanced reporting

$5,885

TOTAL WRITING-INTENSIVE

$12,815

Applied skills courses ($26 each)

 

320 Editing

$2,953

385 TV production

$936

405 Apprentice

$338

505 Apprentice

$104

411 Feature writing

$899

511 Feature writing

$104

313 RPA

$2,938

422 Design

$338

522 Design

$26

426 Middle East

$26

489 Research methods

$26

589 Research methods

$182

490C Cat's Eye

$546

590C Cat's Eye

$26

490F Arizona Sonora News

$1,835

590F Arizona Sonora News

$104

496F Seminar

$364

596F Seminar

$204

506 Reporting

$540

509 Law

$185

508 Theory and Practice

$296

597C Global reporting

$104

497C Global reporting

$338

TOTAL APPLIED SKILLS

$13,412