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Southern Illinois University Carbondale | Tuition & Fees

Southern Illinois University Carbondale   Tuition and Fees

SIU Carbondale General Student Fee Descriptions


The following are descriptions of the general student fees charged to all students taking credit courses (unless otherwise noted).  These general student fees – all of which are subject to annual change for all students – are reviewed and voted on each Spring by the SIU Board of Trustees.

The first set of general student fees noted below are those charged to students taking on-campus courses.  The second set of fees are those charged to students taking off-campus, online, and/or other distance learning courses.


On-Campus General Student Fees

The Student Activity Fee funds student organizations and activities on campus; it includes funding for Campus Safety, Rainbow's End, enhanced fine art activities, and the Student Programming Council.1

The Athletic Fund Fee2 partially funds the University's men's and women's intercollegiate athletic programs, including repair, replacement, and modernization of facilities and equipment used by them.3

The Campus Recreation Fee2 funds campus-wide recreational facilities, programs, and activities external to the Student Recreation Center.1

The Facilities Maintenance Fee2 provides a regularized source of funding to partially cover the costs of utilities and the maintenance and improvement costs to the University facilities.4

The Information Technology Fee2 provides a regularized source of funding for maintenance and improvements to the Information Technology network as well as for funding the student information system.4

The Student Recreation Fee2 provides funds for operation of the Student Recreation Center and associated programs, as well as for repair, maintenance, and expansion of Student Recreation capital facilities.1

The Revenue Bond Fee2 replaces funds which were previously obtained from tuition payments and used to underwrite the funded debt operations of the Student Center and University Housing.1

The Student Attorney Fee2 supports the budget of the Students' Attorney Program.5

The Student Center Fee2 provides funding for operation of the Student Center.1

The Student Services Building Fee2 provides a regularized source of funding for financing the Student Services Building.1

The Student-to-Student (STS) Grant Program Fee6 funds a student scholarship grant program for undergraduate students.  The fee is payable by undergraduate students only; those who do not wish to participate in the program may seek a refund of the fee by submitting a request, in writing, to the Registrar's Office within ten days of the date of payment of fees.5

The Student Medical Benefit Fee (SMB) is comprised of the Student Health Fee and the Student Insurance Fee.  It funds the comprehensive Student Health Program that includes emergency service and hospitalization; specialty, primary, and emergency dental care; and prevention programs.  Students who pay these fees are entitled to full medical benefits at the Student Health Programs Clinic.  If the student feels they have comparable medical insurance coverage, they may seek a refund of the Student Insurance Fee within the first two weeks of a Fall or Spring Semester or the first week of a Summer Session by contacting the Student Health Programs Insurance DepartmentThe Student Insurance Fee for Summer Session is not assessed to students who were assessed the Fee during the preceding Spring Semester.7

The Mass Transit Fee2 provides funding for bus transportation to on-campus and certain other local locations off-campus.1

The Green Fee2 provides a regularized source of funding for on-campus renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainability projects and research.1

The Student Media Fee2 provides a regular source of funding for the operation of the Daily Egyptian student newspaper.1

The Disability Insurance Program Fee,8 payable by each medical student, covers the cost of disability insurance.5


Off-Campus / Online / Distance Learning General Student Fees

The Information Technology Fee2 provides a regularized source of funding for maintenance and improvements to the Information Technology network as well as for funding the student information system.4

The Student Services Building Fee2 provides a regularized source of funding for financing the Student Services Building.1

The Student-to-Student (STS) Grant Program Fee6 funds a student scholarship grant program for undergraduate students.  The fee is payable by undergraduate students only; those who do not wish to participate in the program may seek a refund of the fee by submitting a request, in writing, to the Registrar's Office within ten days of the date of payment of fees.5

The Distance Learning Fee is designed to cover the costs of course development for SIU Extended Campus, including professional services for design and development, startup costs, instruction and administrative support, and the necessary infrastructure to support course development and delivery.9





1 This fee amount is based on the student's credit hours for the term.  Students registered for more than 12 credit hours for a term are charged only 12 credit hours worth of this fee.

2 Professional students in the School of Medicine studying at Springfield – normally 2nd through 4th year medical students – are not assessed this fee.

3 This fee amount is based on the student's credit hours for the term.  Some students registered for more than 12 credit hours for a term are charged only 12 credit hours worth of this fee; however, those students who first attended SIUC in Fall 2015 or later will be charged for all hours covered by this fee.

4 This fee amount is based on the student's credit hours for the term.  Some students registered for more than 12 credit hours for a term are charged only 12 credit hours worth of this fee; however, those students who first attended SIUC in Fall 2013 or later will be charged for all hours covered by this fee.

5 This fee amount is a fixed/flat fee for the term.

6 Graduate, law, and medical students are not assessed this fee.

7 These fee amounts are fixed/flat fees for the term.

8 Undergraduate, graduate, and law students are not assessed this fee.

9 This fee amount is based on the student's credit hours for the term.  Students will be charged for all hours covered by this fee.