APRIL 19, 2017

SJR State media statement on lab fee adjustments

Due to changes in curriculum requirements for certain programs and the associated costs of said changes to support students and the learning process, St. Johns River State College, as required by law, announces proposed fee increases to some of its courses and/or labs for the 2017-18 academic year.  For a list of courses affected, please refer to the public notice published on April 20, 2017.  To view a list of all proposed fee adjustments, including fees which have been reduced, removed or maintained visit the Lab Fees (PDF).     

Florida Statute 1009.23(12)(a) grants authority to Florida College System institutional boards of trustees to establish laboratory fees that “shall not exceed the cost of services provided and shall only be charged to persons receiving the service.”  In order to comply with this legislation, St. Johns River State College has created specific institutional policy and procedure that governs the creation, review and adjustment of laboratory fees.  The review process includes an analysis of the actual paid enrollment for the course(s) and the allowable expenditures related to the course(s). 

The proposed fee adjustments are a result of the analysis of the actual paid enrollment and the annual expenditures for the course(s).  The analysis of these expenditures includes a percentage allocation to the shared courses so that students are only obligated for the cost associated with their specific course(s).  Fee adjustments typically occur due to revisions to curriculum and course(s) and/or changes in the cost of expenditures.  All laboratory fees are used to purchase items that are specifically related to the student learning outcomes and objectives of the course(s). 

The proposed fee adjustments will be presented to the St. Johns River State College District Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held in the Criminal Justice Multipurpose Room (J-149), on the St. Augustine Campus, 2990 College Drive, St. Augustine, Florida. 

St. Johns River State College was established in 1958 as a public institution serving Putnam, Clay and St. Johns counties and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of St. Johns River State College.



Susan Kessler
Director of Public Relations and Publications
(386) 312-4020