Originally published September 23, 2010 at 12:00a.m., updated September 24, 2010 at 11:09a.m.

Athletic fee at $80 per year for students


Kansas University students provide $80 a year to Kansas Athletics through campus fees, a source of financing that has pumped about $2 million a year into women’s and other nonrevenue sports at Kansas Athletics Inc.

The fee for athletics represents less than 1 percent of the fees and in-state tuition paid by KU students,according to a study of 222 Division I schools by USA Today. Per-student fees for athletics at other schools include $30.40 at Kansas State University, $45 at Iowa State University, zero at the University of Texas and $104 at Texas Tech University.

Longwood College, in Virginia, topped the list at $2,022.

Among Division I schools, USA Today determined, such mandated fees generated more than $795 million for athletics during the 2008-09 school year — a total that had increased, when adjusted for inflation, by 18 percent since 2005.

The KU fee had increased in recent years, as students voted to boost their per-semester fees for athletics from $25 to $40, to help finance construction of a new boathouse along the Kansas River. The fee is scheduled to revert back to $25 per semester in June 2011.

The new boathouse is used both by the KU rowing team and KU’s club team, which is not part of Kansas Athletics, and that’s one of the ways students benefit from such fees, said Jim Marchiony, an associate athletics director. Students also gain free admittance to all intercollegiate athletics events on campus, except for football and men’s basketball.

And students may buy a “combo pack” — which provides tickets to all home football and men’s basketball games — for $150, which works out to about $5 per game compared with the $40, $50 or even more that the general public is charged.

“In my mind, for us to hold that combo pack at a $5 a game price is pretty outstanding,” Marchiony said.

The athletics fee is among 18 assessed at KU as part of the overall “Lawrence campus fee” of $428.95, as detailed on a fee schedule the KU Registrar’s Office posts online. Among other per-semester fees included: Student Health Fee, $107.80; Student Union Building Fee, $41; Counseling and Psychological Services, $12; and Child Care Facility Construction Fee, $4.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the amount of the student athletic fees. Incorrect information was given about when the higher athletic fee sunsets. It actually ends in June 2011.


jhawk23 11 years, 9 months ago

Making the students pay for athletic department capital improvements: shame on Mr. Perkins (now a widespread and familiar refrain; I've been saying it all along with regard to this subject matter).

At a time of such athletic department wealth, it is just indescribably obtuse to make the student body pay for something that clearly should have been funded by the department itself.

Perkins was nothing more than a snake oil salesman. Or, if you will, more like Phil Hartman's "monorail guy" character, Lyle Lanley, from The Simpsons' fourth season (i.e., while it was still good).

jhawk23 11 years, 9 months ago

Wow, KRichards, thanks for supplying some "reading comprehension" to this site (sarcasm).

You think that rowing is a "non KU Athletics sport [sic]"?

That's funny, because its 2010 media guide states, "Rowing at the KU [sic] is a varsity sport, which means it is one of 16 sports, including Football, Men's and Women's Basketball and Women's Volleyball, that are administered and funded by the Athletic Department."

jakzhumans 11 years, 9 months ago

What part of "among the lowest charged by 222 Division I schools studied" did you not understand? Did Perkins force those other 221 schools to charge their students even more? What else are you going to blame Perkins for? Lemme guess, he was the second shooter on the grassy knoll too, right?

FreddyinLA 11 years, 9 months ago

Defending your husband with the grassy knoll line is getting old. Freshen up your defend Lew material once in a while. Or better yet, go away.

jakzhumans 11 years, 9 months ago

If you can show me any other comment I've made that referenced the grassy knoll, I'll gladly go away. But since no such earlier comment exists, you're SOL.

And that "husband" line of yours? Really original. For a 12-year old.

FreddyinLA 11 years, 9 months ago

Sweet Lou is the only individual I've every heard who received a retention bonus to leave. That's all you need to know.

jakzhumans 11 years, 9 months ago

So what? That has nothing to do with the student fee. Unless you're suggesting that the student fee was increased to pay off Lew, in which case you're a conspiracy theory whack job who should be ignored completely from now on.

Ryan Gerstner 11 years, 9 months ago

The student fee is a big reason KU Football and Basketball tickets are so inexpensive for students. Additionally, there was a nice addition added onto the rec center by the athletic department.

jhawk23 11 years, 9 months ago

You do know that there was a quid pro quo, right? You do know that some student "leaders" traded the students' best seats in Allen Fieldhouse for that addition to the rec center, right?

Of course you didn't. Now you do.

Jeremy LeMaster 11 years, 9 months ago

I missed this in the story. The students had voted to increase the fees from $25 to $40 for construction of the Boathouse (for both Athletics Rowing and Club Rowing) and that must have expired and returned to $25 in June. If they vote on the fee, why was it increased to $50? Was there a specific project that they are intending this to be used for or is this just in general to help the non-revenue sports and keep ticket prices down?

stravinsky 11 years, 9 months ago

"...and that must have expired and returned to $25 in June. If they vote on the fee, why was it increased to $50?"

It's confusing wording in the article. The $25 figure the article gives is per semester. The $50 is considering it annually.

And yes, it's a Student Senate thing, not a Lew thing. We have a fantastic Student Senate at KU -- it accurately reflects the culture of national politics. A bunch of self-important fratboys bicker about, build their campaign around frivolous ways to gain popularity (here's looking at your giant pool promise, United Students), and then throw money to special interests (e.g., a boathouse that 99% of us didn't need or want).

jayhawkjoe98 11 years, 9 months ago

What's another $50 when you're already paying a million in tuition? I say increase it to $100 and really boost some of the facilities around campus...

Jace FitzGibbon 11 years, 9 months ago

for real. 100 bucks is no big deal when they charge you over 500 for bucks for books then by them back for 20 bucks if they buy em back at all

Rick Arnoldy 11 years, 9 months ago

I wonder what the heck the Longwood College students get for their $2,022.

Tony Bandle 11 years, 9 months ago

According to Wikipedia, Longwood, University is the Mother of National Sororities in that four separate national organizations have been founded in that school, Zeta Tau Alpha, Sigma Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Alpha and Kappa Delta.

ZTA got their charter revoked for unnecessary hazing and underage drinking!! [Sounds like a female Animal House...awesome!!]

Maybe the $2022 is for shopping!!

penguin 11 years, 9 months ago

The fee was voted on by students. They voted to pay for the boat house. It was on referendum so Student Senate did not vote on this ...the students did.

Also is this the same Longwood that serves as for a beatdown opponent for all D-I basketball schools? Oh well a quick check says yes. In fact, KU plays them on November 12th in AFH,

jhawk23 11 years, 9 months ago

Yes, penguin, you're absolutely correct that this fee increase, like all others, was subject to a university-wide student vote. Thanks for injecting some verity into this stream--it's needed the help.

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