To address questions regarding the international and study abroad fees that were brought to the attention of the GSS in the Fall of 2011, we have provided a description of these fees as compiled by Paul Hofmann, Director of the Center for International Programs at BGSU.
The issue of the fees was discussed during Mr. Hofmann’s visit to the General Assembly of the GSS on December 1st, 2011. The following text is based on the email sent by Paul Hofmann to David Sleasman and Anton Petrov on Jan 3, 2012.
International and Study Abroad Fees
1) A one-time international student orientation fee of $100.
This is a one-time (not recurring) fee that was approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2009. The fee is to be assessed to newly admitted international students who are required to participate in international student orientation. The fee was actually implemented fall semester of 2010.
Prior to fall 2009, the Center for International Programs had a Summer Graduate Assistant (20 hours per week) dedicated to organizing our international student orientations. We no longer have that position and have had to hire additional help via Student Employment Services.
CIP is also being charged rental for equipment, printing and copying of all materials, catering fee, etc.
2) A recurring $50 per semester international student service fee.
The International Student Service Fee was also approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2009. The fee was implemented in the fall of 2010. Current students (not including those beginning new academic programs) were grandparented and should not be assessed this fee. The fee is for all students with an admit term of fall 2010 and beyond. The fee is $50 and is recurring. The fee covers a number of things.
SEVIS Recertification and Redesignation Fees
fsaAtlas software to interface with SEVIS
CINTAX Software for tax preparation. It is important that we have all international students who are eligible to use CINTAX do so. Many international students have received poor tax advice and have been filing the wrong form (1040-EZ). They should be filing the 1040-EZNR for the first five years of their stay in the United States.
Student programming - The Center for International Programs hosted various welcome events, a tailgate party, is assisting WSA (World Student Association), more events prepared for later this fall.
Approximately 50% of universities now have such a fee, with more considering adopting similar fees. BGSU's fee is on the lower end of the scale.
3) $50 education abroad fee.
This fee is charged to BGSU students who are studying abroad.
Should you have any further questions about the fees, please feel free to get in touch with the Center for International Programs, or you can also contact Anton Petrov, the International Affairs Chair at GSS (firstname.lastname@example.org).