As spring semester comes to a close, so does freshman Emily Casper’s first year at UGA. An international business and marketing major from North Carolina, Capser made the most of her year by getting involved.
She joined a sorority, got involved with UGA Miracle and Food2Kids and regularly hangs out with her friends. Casper also played on intramural flag football and basketball teams.
As an out-of-state student, and aside from a small scholarship she received from her high school, Casper pays full tuition. Her membership to Ramsey is paid through her student fees, but she also pays for a required intramural sports pass.
“When you’re trying to do an intramural sport, I just hate how you have to pay for it. It comes out of your own money and you don’t get reimbursed,” said Casper.
An intramural sports pass costs students $20 to participate and gives access to all intramurals, but is a cost that is often overlooked.
The Club Life
For sophomore risk management major Griffin Johnson, the Club Frisbee Team is probably the biggest way he is involved, playing on one of three teams that each have around 30 other students.
As a result, he goes to the intramural fields about three times a week and uses Ramsey about two times a week. When the club season is over, Johnson usually plays on intramural teams from softball to basketball and even more ultimate frisbee.
Johnson pays for an intramural sports pass, but since he also participates in a club sport, he pays additional fees that fund his uniform, waivers and other costs.
Though Johnson considers the price worth it to play on the club team, the cost for him to stay active slowly adds up.
Private donor support and non-student memberships collect additional revenue that are supposed to keep Ramsey running daily. If this is the case, then why are students having to pay so many supplementary costs in order to stay active?
The Fees – A breakdown
The recreation fee, which is a part of the student fee bundle, is the main source of income for Ramsey. Previously, the student facilities fee, collected most of Ramsey’s revenue after it was initiated in 1989 with the anticipation of Ramsey being built the following year.
The debt for Ramsey was paid in 2013 but a portion of the facilities fee still pays some costs of running the building. Most of the facilities fee now funds expansions being made in the Tate Student Center.
Through the student bundle package, the recreation fee is set at $15 per semester and all students enrolled in 12 or more hours pay this fee. According to the Bursar Office, the revenue from the recreation fee is projected at over $829,126 for the 2017 fiscal year.
“Only 35% of Recreational Sports’ total budget is supplied by student fees. The revenue from each program goes directly back into making that program happen,” said Christina Reynolds, the public relations coordinator for Ramsey.
This model is supposed to help keep the students fees down and meet the needs of its members, but many are having to pay extra money for more access.
The All Access Costs
Students can also rack up costs through the all access class pass, which allows for participation in a number of group fitness classes. The all access pass, which costs $125 for students, includes access to things like yoga, cycling, kickboxing, water fitness classes and more, according Ramsey’s website.
“I like having a structured group class workout so I don’t have to do it on my own,” said sophomore Elise Westbrooks whose favorite class at Ramsey is kickboxing.
The prices for these passes start at $55 and cost as much as $125 for a semester.
Those who know they want an all access membership have the opportunity to register during the first week of classes and receive a discount. Westbrooks, who has used an all access pass for her past four semesters at UGA, takes advantage of this but still pays $93 per semester for the pass.
“I would probably still buy it at regular price because I know I’d get my use out of it,” said Westbrooks.