Student Computing Fees, also known as the “Technology Fee,” are used to support technology needs for all students across campus. Examples of how these fees are spent include computer labs, online student services, email, networking (both wired and wireless access), software, the campus online course management system, and technology in the classrooms.
These fees are dedicated to:
• Support student use of technology as it directly impacts experiences in teaching and learning.
• Provide student access to computing equipment, networks, and software.
• Provide the communication and collaboration tools needed by students.
• Enhance classrooms, computer labs, and student study spaces to support the learning processes.
The fee is determined by the number of credit hours a student takes per semester, and started at $20.42 for one credit hour and topped out at $113.52 at 15 or more credit hours up through Summer Semester of 2017.
The fee increased for Fall Semester 2017. It currently starts at $26.35 for one credit hour and tops out at $119.45 for 15 or more credit hours. All Student Computing Fee allocations ultimately are approved by the General Student Fee Board.
A complete schedule of tuition and fees can be found at: https://fbs.admin.utah.edu/download/income/FreshSophRes/FreshSophTuitionFeeRes.pdf . Undergraduate Lower Division and Upper Division, as well as Resident and Non-Resident status, pay the same amount.
Historically speaking, the first "technology fees" were assessed during "Winter Quarter" of 1985 in order to foster student computer literacy and support the emerging computing needs of University of Utah Students. You can read an original article about the new fees from the "The Daily Utah Chronicle" dated October 7, 1985.
Today, fees are shared among colleges, programs, libraries, and central services provided by University Information Technology (UIT), with the majority of the funds going toward colleges and libraries. Electronic classroom upgrades to general-use learning spaces are also paid for out of Student Computing Fees. The percentage of funds given to central services vs. other requests was determined by consensus many years ago in what was then known as the ITC and has remained constant since.