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SB 1320 – Postsecondary Fee Waivers

Talking Points

  • Graduate Assistants are charged upwards of $700 a semester in ‘student fees’. Some of these fees include using the technology in our classrooms, office spaces, and labs, as well as undergraduate only services.
  • Graduate assistants teach a disproportionate number of undergraduate classes in the state university system.
  • Because of the steep fees these students face, many of them actually have to pay the university for the privilege of being their undergraduate primary teaching force.

Updated Information 

Senate Bill 1320 filed by Janet Cruz, would provide fee waivers for “a graduate student who has a 0.25 full-time equivalent appointment or greater as a graduate assistant, graduate research assistant, graduate teaching assistant, graduate research associate, or graduate teaching associate.”

The bill passed its first committee stop with a unanimous vote on Monday, February 3rd. 

What’s Next

SB 1320 has two committee stops left in the the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Appropriations Committee.

Companion Bill

House Bill 819 is a companion bill.

Vote History

2/3/2020 Senate Education Committee voted 6-0 in favor of the bill.

Our Position

We support this bill.

Video Updates

2/3/2020 Senate Education Committee Discussion of SB 1320 starts 53 minutes into the meeting.

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