Associated Students voted in support of the increased daily and semester parking fees at an A.S. meeting held on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
The daily parking permit is set to increase by $1 and the semester parking permit is set to increase by $5. As a result, students would have to pay $3 for the daily parking permit and $40 for the semester parking permit in fall of 2018.
The reason for the increase in parking fees is to increase funds towards renovating parking lots, according to Associated Students President Taylor Gaetje.
Students like 22-year-old Dylan Reyes often have a difficult time finding parking. “There’s not enough parking here,” the psychology major said. “The parking here at the beginning of each semester is like actual hell. If the renovations get done quickly, then I guess the fee increases are worth it.”
Another fee change A.S. voted in support of at the meeting was the student health fee, which is currently $19, but is subject to change depending if the state of California increases the fee.
The student health fee is mandated by the California Education Code and requires all students to pay a health fee unless students are attending a community college under an approved apprenticeship training program or rely upon a prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of a religious organization. Students must show proper documentation to the Director of Health Services Vanessa Miller if they meet either criteria.
A.S. also voted to oppose any changes to the non-resident tuition fee. “It might not increase at all, it might decrease, but A.S. stands that we were opposed to either of those,” Gaetje said.
The non-resident tuition fee is a fee FC wants to keep in balance with other schools near it since FC does not receive funding for students outside of California, she explained.
Quynh Pham is one of many non-resident students at FC. The 22-year-old is an international student from Vietnam who faces financial challenges, including paying a tuition fee of $234 per unit for being a non-resident. “If it increases, I can not afford it for my future. I’m spending two years here and what do I do? Do I go back [to Vietnam]? Do I stay here? I’m struggling,” the child development major said.
The final fee A.S. voted on was an Orange County Transportation Authority Bus Pass Program in which they decided to postpone any decision until they heard from a representative from OCTA.
The fee would require all students to pay a fee, and in return, students would either get free or discounted bus services. However, there was missing information pertaining to logistics according to Gaetje. “We decided to get more information from them before deciding on something.”
In addition, A.S. also motioned to approve of the Healthy Campus Initiative proposed by St. Jude Medical Center. In this initiative, the campus must meet certain standards set by the Medical Center.
“Most of these, depending if they pass or not, will start in fall 2018,” Gaetje said.