ASIDE from the tuition and miscellaneous fees, the University also charges students other fees, usually recommended by the deans of colleges and faculties. These are identified in the student registration form as “other fees.” Prof. Florita Aguiling, Budget Office director, identified four:

  • The information development fee (P1,500), which funds the conversion of the classrooms into multi-media rooms. It is also used to upgrade the information technology facilities of UST. All the colleges and faculties collect this fee, except for Civil Law, Medicine, and the Graduate School;
  • The audio-visual fee (P300-P500), which funds the maintenance of the multi-media rooms. All except the Faculty of Medicine collect this fee.
  • The community service fee (P100), which is collected in all colleges and faculties except Civil Law, Medicine, and the Graduate School. It is used for students doing community development and outreach projects, such as the Action Camp of the Thomasian Students/Community program in Tarlac under the UST Community Development Office; and
  • The energy fee (P800), which funds the maintenance of the air-conditioning units of the classrooms. Aguiling told the Varsitarian that except for the four fees, all others are “recommended” fees of the different colleges and faculties, such as:
  • The special development fee (P300-P2,500), which is charged in colleges with laboratories such as Architecture, Fine Arts and Design, Education, Engineering, the Graduate School, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Science, and Rehabilitation Science;
  • The student journal fee (P10-P750), which is for the student organ of the faculty or college. Nursing charges the lowest while Medicine charges the highest. Only students from the Conservatory and the Institute of Physical Education and Athletics are not charged this fee;
  • The student council fee (P20), which funds the activities and projects of the Central Student Council (CSC) and local student councils. Forty percent of the fund (P8) goes to the CSC, while 60 per cent (P12) goes to the local councils;
  • The student activity fee (P50-P250), which funds school-related activities, such as the programs and projects of the student organizations and student seminars outside the campus. The student activity fee is also used to fund other student council projects that cannot be covered by the student council fee;
  • The exam fee (P50-P700), which pays for the materials used by a college during preliminary and final exams. Only Arts and Letters, Civil Law, Medicine, Nursing and Rehabilitation Science charge it;
  • The mimeo fee (P50-P250), which is collected in Architecture, Fine Arts and Design, Engineering, Science, and Rehabilitation Science;
  • The sports fee (P50-P100), which covers the expenses of the varsity teams of every college in the University intramurals; and
  • The student athletic and activity fee (P55-P60), which is charged in colleges that do not have the sports fee. (This –and the sports fee – are different from the athletics fee in the miscellaneous fees, which is for the expenses of UST varsity athletes and their UAAP activities.)
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