Commuter Services Fee
Degree-credit students attending classes at one of MATC's Madison Campuses pay a Commuter Service Fee of $46 per semester (fall and spring) and $26 during summer sessions. This money helps support the parking, campus-to-campus shuttle, BCycle, Metro Bus Pass, and paratransit services that you have access to as a Madison College student.
If you are interested in helping improve commuter services at Madison College, please consider serving on the Commuter Services Committee. Contact Commuter Services at email@example.com or call (608) 243-4072 for more information.
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About the fee
What is the commuter services fee?
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, Shuttle Services and biking.
Why do I pay fees?
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.
How are students involved in decisions about Madison College supplemental fees?
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 and 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).Limited Refund
Who is eligible for commuter services at Madison College?
The Commuter Services Program gives Madison College students the opportunity to utilize college parking lots (where available) and to utilize Metro Transit Bus and Para-Transit via the student bus pass and OneCard, and to utilize the Campus-to-Campus Shuttle Service via the OneCard. Similar programs are in place at colleges across the country, where all students pay to support various commuter services. Madison College students, who are enrolled in at least one degree-credit class, meeting at a Madison-based campus (excluding 100% online) are eligible to receive a parking permit, a bus pass and to utilize campus-to-campus shuttle services and para-transit services, if eligible.
Non-degree students may receive services by paying a $75 fee per semester or summer session, which provides access to student activities, programs and services, such as the Fitness Centers, the Health Center and the Bus, Para-Transit and Shuttle Program.
A bus pass allows the student to ride all Metro Transit buses anywhere, anytime, with the exception of Metro Transit Special Event Buses. Para-Transit services are also available to eligible students through the Bus Pass Program. Passes are activated and deactivated based on enrollment.
A degree student is defined as anyone who is enrolled in a credit-bearing course, and the credits from that course are applicable to a degree program. There are students who take degree-credit courses, but are undeclared and/or have no intention of completing a degree. If a person enrolls in a credit-bearing course, and the credits from that course are applicable to a degree program, he or she is designated as a degree-credit student. The easiest way to identify a degree-credit course is by the sixth digit of the course number. If the sixth digit is a "1, 2, 3 or 5, the course is a degree-credit course. Students, at Madison-based campuses, taking these courses are charged supplemental fees, which includes the Commuter Services Supplemental Fee. Persons taking online courses are charged supplemental fees, if the course is a degree-credit course, but do not incur the Commuter Services Supplemental Fee. Persons who take classes under the Senior Audit Provision are charged supplemental fees, when they audit courses that are degree-credit classes. Persons who in the Youth Apprenticeship Program and the Youth Options Program are charged supplemental fees, when they take degree-credit classes.
A non-degree student is defined as anyone who is enrolled in a course which is not part of any degree program at Madison College. The course however, may be a pre-requisite for a degree. The easiest way to identify a non-degree course is by the sixth digit of the course number. If the sixth digit is a 4 or 6, the course is a non-degree course. Students taking these courses are not charged supplemental fees, which includes the Commuter Services Supplemental Fee.
Limited Refund Requests
In spring semester 2010, the Madison College Student Senate voted to provide a process by which students might state the reasons "why" they believe that they should not need to pay to support the Commuter Services Program. Degree credit students have supported the program since January 2000. The Commuter Services Fee is $46 per semester & $26 per summer session.
Access the "Request for Refund of the Commuter Services Supplemental Fee Form" for "organizations." "Organizations" may be agencies, businesses, employers, municipal departments, or school districts.