White all Spartans pay to attend Michigan State, few actually know where their money goes.
Civil engineering sophomore Tyler Frederick is one of many students who said he wishes he was more informed about what costs his tuition is actually covering.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics Website, Michigan State University reported the estimated cost for in-state tuition and fees for the 2012-13 academic year was $12,622.
Frederick said that he would like to be more informed about what is included in the fees portion of his educational costs
“I know we pay a lot for T.A.s and stuff that most of the time I don’t do anything with,” he said.
Some students, like interdisciplinary studies freshman Emilee Morse, have said they’ve heard rumors about what student tuition goes toward.
“I heard one (rumor) about how some of our tuition went towards the new museum of art that they built on North campus,” Morse said.
Jessica Kaczmarczyk, an employee at the Broad Art Museum, said the majority of funding for the museum came from Eli and Edythe Broad, and none of the funding came from student tuition.
Some undergraduate students who choose to have a meal plan often have heard rumors about how many meals they pay for in a week.
Frederick said he has heard from friends that students are paying for 70 meals a week.
According to MSU Eat at State Website, the cheapest, unlimited dining plan available to students is the Silver plan and it costs $2,585 per semester.
MSU Culinary Services Communications Manager Jenna Brown said Via email that the amount of meals per day allowed by meal plans has been discovered.
“A student did try to see if the dining plan would max out, however, and he found that the exact number is 99 per day,” she said.
Media and information sophomore Cameron Cummings had nothing to say but “Wow,” when he was told how many meals a week students with dining plans could eat.
Cummings said this concerns him because he eats less than three times a day.
Though students with dining plans have the option to eat 99 times per day, this does not mean students are paying for that much.
“The meal plan is about accessibility and flexibility, not quantity. It gives you the option of food service from seven a.m. to midnight, seven days a week, plus the Combo-x-Change five days all for one inclusive price,” MSU Residential Dining Associate Director Bruce Haskell said via email.
Haskell said if a student ate 28 meals per week and got their combo five days a week for a semester, the cost of per meal would be about $4.60.
Students have also expressed concerns regarding additional costs of attending Michigan State that are not included in tuition and fees.
Fees which elementary education junior Elizabeth Mendez said she is concerned about include parking costs and school supplies.
Mendez said the university should give students a list of fees not included in the cost of tuition before they come to school.
Some students like Cummings have experienced the campus-wide distaste for MSU parking issues such as receiving several tickets.
“I have three right now that I haven’t paid in a long time,” Cummings said.
MSU Parking Operations Manager Lynnette Forman said parking tickets result in a large amount of fees.
“The gross amount of parking tickets and fees in 2010 was about $2 million and the net amount in 2010 was about $180,000 to $200,000, ” she said.
Cummings said he originally thought only the parking department pocketed parking ticket money.
However, Forman said the money made from parking tickets goes toward parking, traffic, and pedestrian-related issues.
She said the money is used for things like speed bump and the monthly phone bill for the green light emergency telephones placed around campus.
Forman also said the money helps prevent accidents by funding the talking crosswalk signals in order to help the visually-impaired.
She also said the money has helped reduce the amount of accidents is by funding the removal and reconstruction of the many traffic circles, which were highly prone to accidents, into four-way stops.
Forman said the only money that goes straight to the department is the money made from parking passes and tuition is not used at all for maintenance.
Accounting freshman LaToya Smith said the cost of textbooks is her greatest monetary concern. She said for each of her semesters she spent about $500 on books alone.
For the 2012-13 academic year MSU reported to the National Center for Education Statistics the estimated expenses for books and supplies was $1,026, according to the NCES Website.
According to the MSU Office of Financial Aid Website, other fees undergraduate students each pay include a tax of $18 for the service of Associated Students of MSU, a tax of $5 for the State News and a tax for FM radio.
The ASMSU tax funds student programs and events; the State News tax funds the publication of the student-run newspaper and the FM radio tax funds two student-run stations.
With the amount of money students are paying to attend school, it is helpful to know where our money goes.