Special Course Fees

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In accordance with Federal Department of Education regulations, the College must provide students the ability to opt-out of a specifically defined category of Special Course Fees.  A list of Special Course Fees eligible for opt-out is available to students at all One Stop Student Services locations.  Not all Special Course Fees are eligible for opt-out.

Special Course Fees

A Special Course Fee may be applied to a course at the point of registration for a number of purposes

  • The course includes resources or opportunities that are not common to general courses and incur costs beyond those captured in the College’s schedule of student fees (e.g., travel costs for student field trips, materials used in lab experiments, etc.)
  • The College is able to purchase materials or supplies at a volume that provides a cost benefit to students while ensuring consistency of learning materials. 
  • Materials or supplies are guaranteed for all students and can be provided to students from the first day of learning to ensure success.
  • Materials or supplies are utilized to ensure the safety of students or to maintain fidelity of machinery or equipment in the learning environment.

The College of Western Idaho strives to provide accessible and affordable learning opportunities for students and makes a conscious effort to apply Special Course Fees reasonably, affordably, and sparingly.