Students at UL Lafayette began voting Monday via their portal student website U-Link on a new fee. The Student Accessed Fee could add $7.50 per credit hour, raising a student's tuition based on the amount of hours they are enrolled. The Student Government's Association put a cap at 15 credit hours.
"That's the most accurate picture of a full time student, so a student taking more hours, won't have to pay more money," says Ashley Mudd, President of the SGA.
The fee was first approved by the SGA, then approved by the UL System Board of Supervisors, and now it has moved to the students, for their chance to voice their opinions.
"It's sort of a checks and balances process," Mudd began, "so it has to go through all these channels to vote before it's implemented. I'm hopeful that the students vote 'yes' but ultimately I understand it is the students' decision and we are here to represent the students."
The plan is to collect the fees and use them for improvements on the campus; an idea that is familiar for UL.
"The (student) union that is currently being built is a student accessed fee that was voted in years ago. The improvements at Bourgeois Hall was a student accessed fee that was voted in years ago. This fee is strictly tied to the master plan," Mudd explained.
The Master Plan, created by Alumni and Architect Steve Oubre, outlines improvements for UL's campus. Improvements such as widening and covering sidewalks, adding cameras and more lights, and a new 2,000 vehicle parking garage.
Freshman Hunter Benoit said he's ok with the increase, especially with the positive changes it could bring to the campus.
"For a beneficial plan, I think it's reasonable and it's not a huge amount. In the end, it's all going to be worth it."
David Abshire, Senior, agreed, "There are a lot of things that we need, and that fee is going to help us grow and it's going to attract more students to our university."
Voting continues through Tuesday at 4:30pm. After all votes are tallied by the IT Department, the Dean of Students will announce the official results Tuesday night.