The Commuter Services Fee is a supplemental fee of $46 per semester in the fall and spring and $26 during the summer semester, charged to support the Bus, Para-Transit, Parking and Shuttle Services.
All degree credit students at Madison-based campuses are required to pay supplemental fees, sometimes referred to as student activities fees or segregated fees. A degree credit student is anyone enrolled in at least one class designated as a degree class. A degree class is any class with a 1, 2, 3 or 5 as the sixth digit of the catalog number. Degree credit students at Madison College-Fort Atkinson, Portage, Reedsburg and Watertown do pay an activities fee, but do not pay the Commuter Services Fee and therefore do not support the program. They are not eligible to receive a bus pass.
Supplemental fees fund three budgets: (1) the co-curricular activity budget; (2) the Fitness Center; and (3) the Bus, Para-Transit, Parking & Shuttle Program. The co-curricular activity fee provides funding for staffing, programs & services to enhance the educational, social and recreational development of students in and out of the classroom. The following receive supplemental fee dollars: Athletics, the Campus Center, The Clarion (student newspaper), the Executive Leadership Team for Clubs (60+ clubs), Forensics, Leadership Programs, Performing Arts, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Programs & Activities Council, Student Publications, the Student Senate, United Common Ground for Culture, Diversity and Contemporary Issues, the Volunteer Center, the Yahara Journal, the Fitness Center and the Bus, Para-Transit, Parking and Shuttle Program.
The Student Activities Board (SAB) is responsible to allocate supplemental funds as per college policy and in accordance with Wisconsin State Statute 38.145(9). The Student Activities Board is comprised of eight student representatives from student organizations and is co-chaired by the Student Senate President and the Madison College Vice President of Student Development. Following the annual budget development process by student leaders on the Student Activities Board, the budget is submitted to the Student Senate for a vote by the General Assembly with recommendations to the District Board for action. The Madison College District Board approves all fees & budgets.
In a referendum sponsored by the Student Senate, Madison College students voted in 1999 to establish the Bus and Para-Transit Program. Annual costs have risen for transportation services. Students voted again in 2008 by a vote of 9 to 1, to continue the program by putting a new funding structure into place to pay for services. Students were paying $2.15 per credit to fund the Bus and Para-Transit Program. They then paid a flat-fee of $25.00 per semester ($15.00 per summer) to fund the Bus & Para-Transit Program. In 2011, students voted in a referendum to bundle all commuter services to include bus, para-transit, parking and shuttle services at a cost of $46.00 per semester ($26.00 per summer).