FAQ on Upper Division Fee for CBA courses
What is the “upper division fee” for the Schmidthorst College of Business Administration?
The upper division fee is a per-credit-hour fee that is assessed on all 3000 and 4000 level Schmidthorst College of Business Administration courses. This is in addition to the general tuition and fees that all students pay. It is not assessed for 1000, 2000, 5000 or 6000 level courses. Students in 3000 and 4000 level courses in the college will be charged an additional $12.50 per credit hour for business courses.
Do other programs at BGSU have these types of fees?
Several other colleges and programs at BGSU have these types of fees. The additional fees are needed when the cost of providing a student’s education in a program is significantly higher than the average cost university wide. Business programs have higher delivery costs.
Do other business colleges at other universities have these types of fees?
Yes, in fact, eight of the 12 public university business colleges in Ohio currently have some type of fee for business courses. In many cases, these fees are applied to all business courses (vs. only upper level courses) and range from $5.70 per credit hour to $100 per credit hour. Of the eight public university business colleges in the state that have a fee, the average is $29.40 per credit hour. BGSU’s upper division fee is $12.50 per credit hour.
What is the purpose of these upper level fees?
As an AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited program that is ranked nationally by Business Week as one of the top public business colleges in the United States (No. 31), we strive to continually recruit and retain world-class faculty. Business faculty salaries tend to be significantly higher than those of faculty in other disciplines at BGSU. These higher salaries, combined with our desire to keep the class size of most upper level courses at a reasonable size, increases the delivery cost of these courses. Additionally, students of upper level business courses have access to specialized services and technology to prepare them for careers in business-related fields. These include the Business Career Accelerator and the Bloomberg Laboratory. Finally, we believe it is important to maintain various high-impact experiential learning approaches that have led BGSU business programs to be recognized as among the best in the U.S. The new fees are needed to continue support of these services and programs.