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
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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.