College student fees vary by program, the number of credits taken and specific campus features, but these different fees can generally include technology fees, activity fees, parking fees, health fees and athletic fees. These fees add to the expense of tuition to give students an overall cost of attendance.
Activity fees cover student access to school workout facilities, libraries, student centers and student organization programming. Technology fees cover access to computer labs, classroom technologies and digital programs available to students. Parking fees are typical on many campuses, although students may have the option to waive these if not using campus parking, according to Schorships.com.
Larger schools with comprehensive student services often have fees related to the care of residential students. For example, many schools with health centers require health fees to cover the cost of clinic facilities and basic health services for students. Additionally, schools with mental health clinics for students may also require a fee to fund these services.
Athletic fees collected from students are used to support college sports. For some colleges with large athletic programs, these fees can be costly. Athletic fees are often the largest fee cost for students, accounting for over 80 percent of the total fee cost, according to The Fiscal Times.