Students will receive a "Fall 2020 Fee Reduction" and/or "Spring 2021 Fee Reduction" if their total Online Course Fees plus Program Facilities Fees for that term are more than $722. Students will receive a "Summer 2021 Fee Reduction" if their total Online Course Fees plus University Program Facilities Fees are more than $241 across all sessions. The fee reductions do not include technology, library or other course and lab fees.
For fall semester, the reduction will be reflected in MyRED monthly beginning August 20 based on total enrollment of in-person, web conferencing/remote and online courses during the fall term, including the Fall Three-Week Session. For spring semester, the reduction will be reflected monthly in MyRED beginning December 23 for courses during the spring term, including the Spring Three-Week Session. For summer sessions, the reduction will be reflected in MyRED on April 26.
Fees Associated with Course Delivery Explained
To better understand fees, it's important to understand course delivery methods. Before the pandemic, course delivery methods were very clear: they were either in the classroom or online. Once many in-person classroom experiences were moved to remote classrooms via web conferencing due to the global pandemic, the lines became blurred between remote instruction and true online courses. Understanding the difference between course delivery methods helps with understanding fees.
Classroom Course Delivery
Classroom courses are designed to provide real-time interaction between an instructor and students in a group setting. When instructors move to "remote classrooms" because of the pandemic, the basic course delivery method still relies on real-time classroom interaction through a web-based video conferencing platform like Zoom. If a class does not meet in-person with social distancing protocols in place, it meets via web conferencing with supplemental course materials made available through Canvas.
Online Course Delivery
Online courses are created with different methodologies and tools than classroom courses. Instead of real-time, face-to-face interaction with an instructor, these courses are designed to allow students to move forward independently through course modules without a traditional classroom experience. Most courses have an instructional designer and media services team who provide support to instructors to help design these modules that are fully developed before the class begins. Online courses provide students the most flexibility with their coursework.
University Program and Facilities Fee
This fee is associated with enrollment in in-person and web conferencing/remote courses and supports the vital functions that are associated with residential, experiential learning at the university. Examples of programs and facilities that enrich and enliven the on-campus experience include Campus Recreation, University Program Council, Campus NightLife, Recognized Student Organizations, Nebraska Unions, Gaughan Center, Women’s and LGBTQA+ Centers, Center for Advocacy, Response and Education, Counseling and Psychological Services, University Health Center, ASUN Student Government, Husker Pantry, Student Money Management, Daily Nebraskan, and Big Red Resilience and Well-being. These opportunities continue to be available to students either in-person with proper social distancing in place or remotely. For fall and spring semesters, students will see a UPFF fee on their bill for $505 if they are taking 1-6 credit hours or $617 if they are taking more than 7 credit hours of in-person and web conferencing/remote courses. For summer sessions, students will see a UPFF fee on their bill for $198 if they are taking 1-5 credit hours or $241 if they are taking more than 6 credit hours of in-person and web conferencing/remote courses.
Online Course Fee
This fee is associated with the support and resources provided to instructors by the university's team of instructional design specialists within the Center for Transformative Teaching and individual colleges. Examples of support include designing course structure and organization for independent learning modules, preparing course materials to support those modules, enhancing engagement and community for classes without real-time interaction, and methods for assessing student learning and maintaining academic excellence for highly flexible courses. Students taking courses that are designated as online will see a $35 fee per online credit hour on their bill.