International Student Services Fee
2015-2016 Academic Year
Updated November 20, 2015
The following fees are being implemented beginning Fall 2015. All of the funds collected will be used to maintain and strengthen services that are critical for international students.
International Student Services Fee
The International Student Services Fee was implemented in Fall 2015. This was necessary due to the cycle of repeated budget reductions to the Division of Student Life and the simultaneous increase in the number of international students. As a result, the International Student Services Office (ISS) has been increasingly challenged to full-fill its responsibilities. Critical administrative tasks required to comply with the federal government and keep international students in good standing have been taking longer than appropriate. Programming, student advising, and opportunities for engagement provided by ISS have been reduced. The Division of Student Life has tried to shield ISS by taking previous budget reductions from other areas but is no longer able to do so. All of the funds collected directly maintain and strengthen critical services provided to international students by the International Student Services Office.
Parameters of International Student Services Fee
‚ÄĘ¬†All Undergraduate, graduate and professional F1 or J1 visa holders and specific special students
‚ÄĘ¬†$75 per semester enrolled (including summer term)
‚ÄĘ¬†This fee is not covered by assistantship funding (like student segregated fees)
‚ÄĘ¬†Fee Helps to Address or Improve
o¬†Processing time for federally required immigration documents
o¬†Growing compliance requirements such as the federally required tracking and reporting of students participating in optional practical training (up to 27 months post graduation)
o¬†ISS staff availability for advising appointments
o¬†Educational opportunities, cultural interactions, and transition support
FAQs on ISSF
1.¬†Because of the ISSF 1.65 new staff positions have been added so far to ISS. The fee enabled the hiring this past summer of a total of 6 positions vacancies key to delivering the improvements.
2.¬†ISS has already implemented some of the improvements like more programming and will be bringing others like expanded advising hours on-line throughout the course of the year. Updates on improvements and additions beneficial to international students will continue to be provided via the department website.
3.¬†The department‚Äôs annual international student survey will include an opportunity for international students to give feedback on additional services or improvements.
4.¬†According to UW System the ISSF is not a segregated fee based on UW System Administrative Policy 820, Segregated University Fees
5.¬†Segregated fees can be used to fund international student services administrative activities related per this chart UW System Administrative Policy 822, Student Services Funding
6.¬†International students are by far the majority constituency that utilizes the services that ISS provides.
7.¬†International Student Services doesn‚Äôt receive any tuition related funds.
8.¬†Of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation institutions (a consortium of Big Ten Schools plus the University of Chicago) that charge a similar fee UW-Madison‚Äôs is one of the lowest. Other institutions have had them much longer. At some institutions it is as high as $970/semester. UW Madison‚Äôs fee is:
¬†¬† a.¬†9th lowest of the 11 CIC institutions charging a similar fee for undergraduate students
¬†¬† b.¬†5th lowest of the 9 CIC institutions charging a similar fee for graduate students
9. The ISSF is sometimes confused with a fee proposed but never implemented by the university in 2003. At the time that fee was intended to offset the costs of implementing and operating the newly mandated at that time Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). See two related press releases: http://news.wisc.edu/releases/8483 and http://news.wisc.edu/8665.
Questions about the International Student Services Fee can be directed to Argyle Wade, Associate Dean of Students and Interim Director of International Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New International Student Fee
Applied to undergraduate F1 or J1 visa holders who first enroll in Fall 2015
One time fee of $50 in addition to the domestic New Student fee (for a total of $325 for International Freshman and $250 for Undergraduate International Transfer Students. See http://www.newstudent.wisc.edu/fees/ for additional information)
Fee helps provide more expansive orientation on
¬†- Academic standards and resources
¬†- Stress management and wellness resources
¬†- Campus and community involvement opportunities