Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Possible Class and Program Revenue

These ideas are difficult because they may place a financial burden on students. But, if the choice is closing the program or sustaining it, such fees may be justifiable so students can continue to learn and benefit from them. In addition, if a public university or community college, the tuition levels are still a bargain in higher education.

Charge fees for repetition of continuing education courses which have already been satisfactorily completed

Charge fees to audit a class

Charge non-residents to take ESL classes

Charge more to people who live outside the tax-base

Increase charges for GED testing

Increase enrollment and registration fees

Offer photography courses for credit by day and for fees at night and on weekends

Offer tuition installment plans so classes will be more affordable; charge interest

Initiate or increase application fee; credit the fee toward tuition costs after enrollment, if appropriate; and offer no refunds

Charge fees for non-students to use computer labs and photographic dark rooms, especially on weekends and evenings, on an hourly basis

Sell membership cards to non-students to use photographic dark room on a pre-paid basis

Sell membership cards to non-students to use computer labs on a pre-paid basis

Charge a fee for late registration

Charge students who drop or withdraw after two weeks

Charge a syllabus fee for each program

Charge transfer fees

Charge students for tutorial services

If you’re yearning for the good old days, just turn off the air conditioning.
- Griff Niblack, in Indianapolis News

KH Consulting Group (KH) started this Know-How site in 2009 to create a forum for sharing ideas on effectively enhancing revenues and containing costs in higher education in the near and longer term.

KH has posted more than 500 ideas. You can join the forum at:

Note: The ideas shared are not prescriptive and will not work in all situations or at all institutions. Some of the ideas are tactical – quick victories to save money in easy ways. Others are strategic, requiring careful analysis before implementing.

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