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Fall 2020 Fees at Work

MSU Denver and the Board of Trustees decided to not increase the cost of tuition for resident and nonresident undergraduate students for the fall 2020 semester. Relatedly, the board waived the following campus-based fees: 

Campus Recreation Fee 

Intercollegiate Athletic Fee 

AHEC Facility and Bond Fee 

Tivoli Park Facility Fee 

RTD Pass Fee 

The Student Technology and Online Program fees will be rolled into one Technology fee that will be charged to all undergraduate students to support increased technology needs for remote learning. The combined fee will be assessed at a reduced rate of $20 per credit hour.  

Below are some examples of how?fee-funded programs continue to use funds to support our Roadrunner community during this time of virtual learning: 

Corresponding policy: 

  1. R.S. 23-5-119.5(3),Student fees should be used to support and enhance the overall student experience. Student fees and the use of student fee revenue may benefit students both directly and indirectly. For example, given capital construction timelines some students currently attending an institution may not benefit as directly from fees for capital improvements, however, up-to-date facilities enhance and support the overall student experience and ultimately increase the value of the degree conferred. Likewise, a student may not take advantage of all the programs funded through specific fees, but these fees benefit the student body as a whole.? 

Mental Health Fee: 

Health Center at Auraria: 

  • Thanks to the Mental Health Fee, all psychological and psychiatric services at the Counseling Center or the Health Center at Auraria are 100% free for MSU Denver students.?? 
  • The Health Center at Auraria is leading the Auraria campus’s public health emergency response?and has been a COVID-19 testing site since the beginning of the pandemic. They even offer drive-up testing to all Auraria?Campus constituents.?? 
  • The HCA is still open, in the Plaza Building, and offers low-cost comprehensive general medicine (primary care) medical services, including in-person visits, virtual telehealth visits, and more!?? 
  • Health?education and?outreach?are available virtually through the Health Center’s various social media channels.?? 
  • Please call the Health Center at Auraria before visiting in person.?? 


Counseling Center:

  • Thanks to the Mental Health Fee, all psychological and psychiatric services at the Counseling Center or the Health Center at Auraria are 100% free for MSU Denver students.? 
  • The Counseling Center provides virtual individual and group therapy and crisis-intervention appointments; as well as a variety of virtual workshops to help process the impact of the pandemic.
  • In addition, the Counseling Center processes requests for assessment and support letters for academic accommodations through the Access Center; responses to Request for Records from current or past clients for Social Security Disability Determinations; support for Vocational Rehabilitation requests; and follow-up assessment and treatment of students?referred by the CARE Team and faculty and?staff.? 
  • We are responding in live time to calls made through our main number between?8 a.m. and 5 p.m.? 

Technology Fee: 

  • Provide and continue to pay for all of the virtual platforms that students use in everyday learning.?? 
  • Support 24-hour call-in access to the?Help?Desk.?? 
  • Support remote learning, funding our Blackboard environment.??? 
  • Enable?remote collaboration, providing video conferencing and messaging solutions.?? 

Phoenix Center Fee: 

  • The Phoenix Center at?Auraria?continues to fulfill its mission of providing support, advocacy, and information to any?Auraria?community member who has been impacted by sexual violence, relationship violence, and/or stalking through one on one advocacy, 24/7 crisis support, and comprehensive prevention services.?? 
  • Since the?University became fully remote, the PCA has been able to provide 90?advocacy appointments?in 7 weeks and continued providing 24/7 service?on the helpline (303-556-2255).?? 
  • The PCA Prevention Education program has increased?their?social media engagement?and provided?a number of?violence prevention presentations?online.??? 

Metro Bond Fee: 

  • The Bond Fee continues to support students through scholarships that are being and will?be offered from this fee.? 
  • The Bond Fee is being used to help ready classrooms so they are safe as students return to campus.? 

Immunization Fee: 

  • Compliance management for the state of Colorado immunization requirement? 
  • Immunization services? 

Student Affairs Fee: 

Auraria Early Learning Center 

  • Full-and-part-time programs for children 12-months to 5-years-old and a summer camps for children through age 8 
  • Tuition benefit that go back to MSU Denver students who have a child enrolled in the AELC to help offset the cost of childcare. 
  • Qualified teachers, educational specialists, and a support staff who are experts in the field of early childhood education 
  • Small classroom setting with a low child-to-teacher ration 
  • A balanced, and rich curriculum that includes reading & literacy, math, science, and social studies, and that extends social-emotional development with opportunities for self-expression through language arts and dramatic play 


Campus Event Funding (Student Organization Funding) 

  • Registered student organizations and Greek Life organizations can still apply for both Campus Events Funding (CEF) and Recruiting & Promotional Funding (R&P) with minimal restrictions 
  • CEF may be used for online/virtual events and meetings 
  • CEF may be used for on-campus events that follow the new Roadrunners Safe Return Committee’s In-person event guidelines 
  • Student organizations may request funding assistance for online resources, technology, or any other resources that may help their organization function more effectively during remote learning 
  • R&P Funding (funds to purchase SWAG and promotional items to help promote the organization and recruit new members) limits & restrictions have been relaxed and items can be delivered to a student’s home address 
  • Student organizations can still participate in the Incentive Program and receive cash incentives (financial transfers into their accounts) for their efforts 
  • Students can apply for grants through CEF to help fund initiatives that contribute to the organization’s mission and vision 


Classroom to Career Hub 

  • Career Link?is an?online platform where students can apply for jobs and sign up for job fairs and career programs.?? 
  • Career Advisors and Industry Partners are meeting with students virtually for 1-1 appointments and daily drop-ins (Career Lab) to assist with job search, mock interviews, resume writing, graduate school advising and career development.??? 
  • Virtual job fairs and events help students connect with employers who are hiring.?? 
  • Virtual career support programs assist students in their job search such as job search meet-up and salary negotiation workshops.?? 
  • Virtual resume review feedback?is offered?24 hours a day through VMock.?? 

Center for Visual Arts

  • The CVA?offers?online community-building art workshops every week.? 
  • Staff provide online student mentoring.? 
  • Thanks to the SAB funding, student employees have continued working through the summer and fall in our workforce development program. Projects have included research, design, marketing, lesson planning and other professional development.
  • The CVA is also the home of the?BFA thesis exhibition?on?its?website and?via?social media.? 
  • Will likely be open for exhibitions in fall

Center for Multicultural Engagement & Inclusion 

  • CMEI?events are now 100% virtual and accessible to students online with a new website ( soon).?The CMEI team is leading a University effort to ensure robust and intentional virtual programming across campus tailored toward?students’ needs and preferences.?? 
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life?is 100% virtual with biweekly council meetings, FSL Olympians?and graduation celebrations happening via Microsoft?Teams.?? 
  • The annual Student Involvement and Leadership Awards?event will continue to recognize outstanding student organizations, events, student employees, student leaders, fraternity and sorority life excellence, and student athletes.?More information can be found here on the SILA webpage. ??? 
  • All staff are?diligently and optimistically working on next year’s programming, as now is the time we reserve?space, book talent and complete contracts to ensure all Roadrunners return to a vibrant and engaging campus in the fall.?? 

Gender Institute for Teaching & Advocacy 

  • GITA has moved?its?monthly series of programs online,?including?but not limited to The GITA Book Club, GITA Sex Cafe and GITA's Wellness Workshop, as well as the various trainings they have traditionally offered.?? 
  • GITA's Retention and Success Advisor (position funded by SAB) has continued offering?online?advising appointments.?Three?scholarship tutors?continue?to offer services to students online about their scholarship searches, essay composition and overall support.??? 
  • GITA student staff are working on a community resources database that centers?on?services for marginalized students beyond campus. Specifically,?the database?focuses on?people-of-color-owned small businesses, local hair dressers who work on sliding scale rates, work with queer and trans people specifically, free clothing closets, free meals in Denver, etc.,?in addition to support services for people experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, survivors of violence, and other advocacy needs.?? 
  • GITA student staff are running ongoing social media campaigns in?an?effort to offer support, nourishment and resources to our online community of students.?? 

LGBTQ Student Resource Center

  • Staff?members?continue?to provide education and trainings, specifically through the Auraria Campus Pride Initiative, to create a more inclusive environment for the campus.?
  • Their online engagement opportunities include virtual office and lounge hours, Netflix Party, interactive game times, and virtual connections for identity-based groups like our Queer & Trans?People of Color group.? 
  • They continue to support students’ educational needs, advocating and intervening when necessary to ensure that instruction is inclusive and accessible.? 
  • They are working on collaborating with other campus departments to host speakers and develop workshops and discussions.

Met Media

  • Virtual and/or remote services available include podcasting, TV newscasts, online reporting and photography, creative services, social media marketing and advertising sales support for students pursuing media careers. Met Media serves the Auraria Campus with news and information, opinion, music and community outreach. Students will be reporting and broadcasting online, so look to Met Media’s social media channels to stay up to date.  
  • The Metropolitan student newspaper, which supports itself with advertising sales and sponsorships, won’t publish a print edition during the fall 2020 semester, but follow as your source for campus and community news.? 


  • Fee funding allows the department to bring in guest speakers and artists in the synchronous online environment, just as?we?would for in-class instruction.?? 
  • Student fees allow for the purchase and/or rental of special microphones, cameras, musical keyboards, etc.,?for enhancement of online instruction.?? 
  • Student fees also allow for the purchase?of special music software to better enable instruction of music online.?? 
  • Fees cover the maintenance of musical instruments for use by students in music courses?as well as?ASCAP and BMI licenses to use copyright materials in class?(including online).?? 

Student Engagement & Wellness/ Dean of Students 

  • Staff?members?are working directly with individual students (virtually) to assist them with addressing challenges they face (both related to COVID-19 and unrelated), including academic-policy navigation, assistance connecting directly with relevant campus and community resources (including public benefits and unemployment insurance), behavioral intervention, student conduct and conflict resolution services.?? 
  • Several of the staff funded through student fees have been directly involved in facilitating COVID-19-related emergency response initiatives, including the procurement of computers and?tablets to be provided to students in need of technology to complete their online classes, the acquisition and distribution of electronic grocery gift cards and related emergency food resource initiatives,?and?the?facilitation of the student retention emergency fund, which has received hundreds of applications from students facing acute challenges at this time.??? 

Student Government Assembly 

  • The Student Government Assembly?officers are continuing to meet (virtually) to address a myriad of issues impacting students at this time, as well as address ongoing and unrelated matters relevant for students at the University.?? 
  • SGA officers are actively responding to messages and input from students and relaying student perspectives to senior leaders at the University in an effort to ensure that student voices are appropriately centered as the University navigates this unprecedented situation.?? 
  • The SGA is exploring adjustments to their budget to divert funds to most directly benefit students, to reinforce support for students during this difficult time, and to fulfill the mission of the assembly.?? 

Student Travel & Professional Development Funding 

  • The?Student Travel?Program is now providing funding for all forms of online/virtual professional development.?? 
  • Graduate School Entrance Exam & Professional Licensure Program (NEW Program!) 


  • Student fees support?the cost to build, promote, and present our annual MSU Denver theatrical productions.? 
  • Student fees support free tickets any MSU Denver students to attend our productions. 

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