Romano to open dialogue with ISS regarding student fees

Vice chancellor of student affairs Renée Romano will address the Illinois Student Senate (ISS) meeting Wednesday night regarding her proposal on student fees.

There are currently seven refundable student fees, meaning students can choose to have their money refunded from funds such as the Krannert Center, a sustainability fund and the Student Organization Resource Fee (SORF).

Romano hopes to make these fees nonrefundable, an effort she hopes will reduce overall student fees and make for more stable budgets for these organizations.

“If all the students were paying the fees, the fees could then be lowered by 13 percent,” she said.

Shana Harrison, student senator and junior in LAS, served on the student fee advisory committee, which helped focus students’ opinions regarding the fees. Harrison said making the fee nonrefundable would benefit the groups who use the fees.

“The refund affects how people have to budget (for the organizations),” she said. “Budgeting’s a nightmare. If we make the fee nonrefundable, departments have a budget they know they can work with.”

Student body president David Pileski said Romano’s presentation is meant to make the ISS aware of the matter. He said the ISS and Romano will begin a dialogue so Romano can move forward with student feedback.

Romano said she aims to have a student referendum on the matter before the end of the semester.