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Student Affairs adjusts Health & Wellness budget

Student Affairs adjusts Health & Wellness budget

Student Affairs adjusts Health & Wellness budget
October 11
11:00 2018

Although the Student Health and Wellness saw budget cuts from the Student Service Fee this year, those cuts are not directly affecting services offered to students, said Kerry Stanhope, the assistant director of the Meadows Center for Health Resources.

Stanhope said UNT’s Student Health and Wellness Center receives money through the Medical Services Fee.

“Since the Medical Services Fee is a dedicated fee for our department, we do not receive any funding from the Student Service Fee and therefore are not impacted by decisions made by the Student Services Fee Committee,” Stanhope said.

Documents obtained by the Daily from the Student Service Fee Committee cite a decrease of $143,964.27 in allocated funding to Health and Wellness, going from $340,284.59 in 2017 to 196,320.32 in 2018. The money cut from Health and Wellness went to marketing and web, some student employee salaries and managing and operations, said Elizabeth With, vice president of student affairs.

The allocation for Marketing and Budget Support” division for the vice president of student affairs increased by $284,264.21, rising to $358,242.22 in 2018. In 2017, the documents called this “budget support” for the same office, and was allocated $73,978.01 in total.

“[The budget for Vice President of Student Affairs Marketing and Budget Support] line increased and [Vice President of Health and Wellness] line decreased, but it was just moving money so that the reporting lines were accurate,” With said.

Of the $66.85 Medical Services Fee each student pays every full semester, $19 pays for debt expenses owed for building new Student Health and Wellness Center facilities.

The amount is fixed and is only used to provide current students at UNT with medical services, according to the student financial services website. The rest of the fee helps the Wellness Center, and students cover medical costs.

“The rest of the fee pays for access to clinical services and helps reduce the cost for staffing and supplies to provide those services,” Stanhope said.

The fee for the influenza vaccinations offered at the Health and Wellness Center would be $15, but is completely covered by the Medical Services Fee, Stanhope said.

Two full-time marketing employees under Vice President of Student Affairs Teresa McKinney were previously moved over to With’s Marketing and Budget Support division. With said it then made sense to include them in the VPSA Marketing and Budget Support budget because they were no longer under McKinney.

With is also the adviser for the Student Service Fee Committee. The letters sent to organizations’ account holders with budget recommendations are signed by With and the current Student Government Association President.

After the nine students on the committee make recommendations for budgets, those recommendations are passed on to the vice president for student affairs, who can then make some changes.

If no changes are made by the president or vice president for student affairs, it goes to the Board of Regents as a part of the university’s overall budget, With said.

With said there is also a possibility of budget increases for next year, however that is not certain yet.

“The 1.5 percent merit increase on the table could potentially provide an increase in everyone’s budget,” With said.

Stanhope said he is not aware of any changes to the medical services fee coming in the near future.

“Instead, we are working on becoming in-network providers for different insurance companies so students can continue to receive the wide range of services from our clinic without having to pay large bills for lab tests, prescriptions, procedures, specialty office visits and X-rays,” Stanhope said.

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