Storrs Stories: Student government fee increases 100 percent

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The Federation of Students and Service Organizations (FSSO) requested students pay an eight-dollar fee in 1977, a 100 percent increase from the existing fee. (Photo provided by writer)

The Federation of Students and Service Organizations (FSSO) requested students pay an eight-dollar fee in 1977, a 100 percent increase from the existing fee.

The 1977 $8 fee is equivalent to a $33 fee today. This fee increase was the largest in the University of Connecticut’s history.

William Finch, then chairman of FSSO, said this was a small fee compared to student government fees elsewhere.

This increase brought the FSSO budget to $100,000 per semester, up from $50,000.

When Finch was asked what would happen if students opposed the fee increase, he refused to answer.

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“The biggest reason (for the fee increase) is growth,” Finch said. “Some of the programs (the increased fee) would help us set up would save a lot of money.”

The budget appropriated $10,000 for a research organizer, $1,500 for student government elections, $12,000 for a year-round WHUS general manager, $8,000 for the WHUS summer budget and $17,000 for organizations other than WHUS.


Ashley Anglisano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at ashley.anglisano@uconn.edu.

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