Examining the University Bill

Student journalists at Kent State University went after something they wouldn't have to if universities were more transparent in their billing, a breakdown of student fee charges.

Why aren't universities providing line-item charges so students and parents can see where the money is going?

Video overview & interviews

Of the MAC-conference schools interviewed (and willing to respond), listen to the recorded conversations in regards to student fees and athletics.


% of Athletic Budget from Student Fees

The following information displays the breakdown of MAC-conference athletic budgets in terms of student fees.

Percent of Athletic Budget from Student Fees
University Total Athletic Budget $ Athletic Budget from Fees % of Athletic Budget from Fees
Ohio U $18,246,666 $14,846,089 81%
Akron $22,994,889 $18,000,000 78%
Miami of OH $21,818,413 $14,647,373 67%
Kent State $19,509,429 $12,151,130 62%
BGSU $15,386,300 $10,876,604 61%
Ball State $17,346,000 $9,498,000 55%
Buffalo $20,700,000 $7,400,000 36%
W. Michigan $19,195,502 $0 0%
C. Michigan $24,441,732 $0 0%
E. Michigan $10,165,284    
Temple $27,052,267 REFUSED REFUSED
Toledo $18,539,903 REFUSED REFUSED
N. Illinois $17,288,462 REFUSED REFUSED

MAC Athletic Budgets (PDF)

% of Student Fees Paid to Athletics

The following information displays the breakdown of MAC-conference student fees and the percentage paid to athletics.

% of Student Fees Paid to Athletics
University Total Fees Athletic Fees Athletic Fees
(per credit)
% of Fees paid to Athletics
Miami of OH $789 $454 $41.24 57%
BGSU $684 $286 $23.86 48%
Ohio U $531 $253 $48.27 48%
Kent State $731 $271 $24.65 37%
Akron $1,384 $385 $32.05 28%
N. Illinois $946 $227 $18.88 24%
Buffalo $988 $237 $19.75 24%
E. Michigan $20/credit 7-12% of $20/credit $1.40-$2.40 7-12%
Ball State   $204 $17.03 5%
W. Michigan $412 $0 $0 0%
C. Michigan $0 $0 $0 0%
Temple $295 REFUSED REFUSED REFUSED
Toledo $595 REFUSED REFUSED REFUSED

MAC Student Fees (PDF)

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Athletic Fees a Line-Item on Tuition Bill?

Of the MAC-conference schools interviewed (and willing to respond), only the University at Buffalo displays athletic fees as a line-item on tuition bills.

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Distance Learning Students & FEEs

Of the MAC-conference schools interviewed (and willing to respond), 50% of schools require online students to pay the same fees as on-campus students.

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Concealed Costs and Fees at MAC Universities

Parents and students may be surprised at what MAC universities aren't providing them.

By - Alexandra Dellas

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At Kent State University student bills do not provide
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Acedemic students fund MAC Universities' Athletic Departments

By - Jenna Homrock

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Academic students enrolled in a MAC (Mid-American Conference) university help fund the Athletic Department, but are not aware of it because the schools don't provide this information on the students' bill.

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M.A.C. Athletics: A "Black Hole" for the Whole Conference

By - Jake Kauffman

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Blinded by the Bill

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By - Lauren Forthofer

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By - Macy McMaster

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By - Michael Holden

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Academic students in the MAC (Mid-American Conference) are paying millions of dollars to their athletic departments, but many probably aren't aware of that because in most cases, there's no indication of that charge on the student's bill ..

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The Bill the University doesn't want you to see?

Students pay fees, but may not know where that money goes

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When people go eat at a restaurant, the waiter brings an itemized bill, which lists everything purchased ..

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