SGA will vote to double student body fee



An empty TCU Chambers awaits SGA and its decision Tuesday night. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)

By Ella M. Mercer, Staff Writer

The fee students pay for activities, including concerts and student organizations, could double to $180 for the 2023-24 academic year under a proposal that the Student Government Association is expected to vote on Tuesday evening.

If the proposal gets approved by two-thirds of the House, it will go to the board of trustees at their spring meeting. If the trustees approve it, students will vote on the matter during the spring 2023 officer elections.

The bill would double the $90 SGA fee, half of which is paid at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

The increase would be the first since 2010. The current fee nets about $800,000 a year.

SGA Treasurer Robby Gay said that is not enough to fund all of the activities that seek SGA support. These include conferences, officer pay, projects and student organizations. 

The proposed increase would yield about $1.7 million.

Gay considered the uptick in tuition, inflation and student enrollment in proposing the increase.

“We want to accommodate student organizations and the student body as a whole and give them the experience that TCU has promised,” Gay said. 

This year SGA budgeted $150,000 dedicated to student organizations. However, Gay said that’s not enough to fund travel or conference registration fees for any student organization this semester.

“The two areas of concern where we would like to commit more funds, in one way or another, are the student body event and student organization funding,” he said. SGA supports events such as the Christmas Tree lighting and the fall concert.