UW-Madison may assess special course fees to pay for certain instructional costs that are not covered by the regular instructional budget. Special course fees may be used for a variety of purposes, as deemed necessary by UW-Madison, for the delivery of a credit course.
Some examples of purposes for which UW-Madison may charge special course fees include:
- the cost of transportation and admission on field trips;
- materials for projects that result in tangible products retained by students; and
- private lessons provided to non-music majors.
Special course fees shall be used solely for approved purposes and in support of the courses for which the fees were assessed. UW-Madison must strive to provide all students in a course who are charged a special course fee with a reasonable opportunity to benefit equally from the fee.
UW-Madison may not use special course fees as a substitute for obtaining adequate regular budget support for a course. UW-Madison is prohibited from charging special course fees for costs that should reasonably be covered by the regular instructional budget.
UW-Madison students sometimes incur personal expenses by directly purchasing required, recommended, and optional instructional materials in support of their educational experience. These personal or incidental expenses do not typically require approval as a special course fee unless UW-Madison collects fees from students to facilitate payment for goods and services needed for a course.
Some examples of personal expenses include:
- textbooks and course supplies purchased from the university bookstore;
- food, lodging, and incidentals on field trips; and
- transportation to sites for student teaching and clinical assignments.