The State of California only pays for the construction, upkeep, and operation of academic buildings. All other buildings like the BRIC are funded through bond debt that is paid through student fee revenue. Examples:
Bronco Student Center - paid by the student BSC fee
Parking Structure built in 2007 - paid by parking fees
Residential Housing - paid by student housing fees
What will the student fee increase be?
The construction and operation of the BRIC will cost $57 million and will be funded by raising the Bronco Student Center fee by $140 per quarter. The fee is currently $83.76 per academic quarter and $17.70 for summer quarter.
Students paying the increased BSC fee will have access to the BRIC amenities without further membership payments. An additional fee may be required to participate in specialized classes, outdoor adventure trips, and personal training sessions.
When does the fee take effect and who has to pay the fee?
The fee will not take effect until the BRIC opens, at this time tentatively set for fall 2014.
All students who are enrolled when the BRIC opens, tentatively in fall 2014, would pay the fee. Students who enrolled prior to fall 2010 and are still attending the university by fall 2014 may optionally pay the fee to use the facility.
Faculty, staff and alumni will have the option to pay a fee to use the facility.
Why do student fees have to be used for this project?
The State budget pays for academic needs such as providing for more classes, professors and academic buildings. ASI's budget is completely separate from the University's budget and cannot be used to fund more classes and professors. ASI and BSC fee dollars are required by ASI's operating agreement with the CSU Board of Trustees to support student body organizations/programs as well as the indebtedness, operations and maintenance of the Bronco Student Center.