What is the Tech Fee?
The Tech Fee, formally called the Instructional Technology Enhancement Initiative Course Materials Fee, supports instructional technology enhancements via Collaborate services.
The fee provides and supports modern technology for instruction and learning, and funds things like online tools and materials, computer-based instructional labs, classroom presentation and interaction tools, and student services.
How much are students charged for the fee?
The fee is $2.50 per unit, capped at 15 Letters & Science course units. The maximum fee per quarter is $37.50.
The fee is processed shortly after the final undergraduate drop deadline in the fourth week of each quarter.
After that deadline, fee refunds cannot be issued for dropped classes.
Why is the fee necessary?
The enhancements and services Collaborate provides are a vital part of a modern university, and could not be achieved within existing budgets.
Careful planning goes in to allocating the money collected from the fee. We make every effort to minimize the amount of the fee (which is less than half of the comparable fee at UCLA), and to make sure we focus on services that provide the most direct positive impact on students.
Oversight for Collaborate services is provided by the deans of the College of Letters and Science in partnership with a Collaborate Advisory Committee that meets regularly to provide student and faculty input.
What services and enhancements are provided by the fee?
Many resources on campus that students and faculty use every day are supported by the Tech Fee.