ADAM Anatomy Software funded by the 2011 Student Technology Fee's project #11, "Instructional Software Upgrades"

ADAM Anatomy Software funded by the 2011 Student Technology Fee's project #11, "Instructional Software Upgrades"

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the Student Technology Fee?

  • $35 per quarter for students taking 6+ credits
  • $17.50 per quarter for students taking 1-5 credits
  • effective academic years 2014-2018

What are students getting with the current fee?

  • $14.00 for computer lab renewal and replacement
  • $6.00 for the Microsoft Student Advantage (a licensing/software package)
  • $4.00 for the Student Technology Center
  • $4.00 for wireless network renewal and replacement
  • $3.00 for Tech Initiatives (previously the STF proposals)
  • $2.00 for virtual computer labs and U: drive upgrades
  • $2.00 for a print quota with 40 prints per quarter

Do other colleges have a Student Technology Fee?

Yes, most Washington state colleges and universities have a student technology fee. Here are the student technology fees at other Washington state public four-year universities, as of fall 2014.


Central Washington University $25 per quarter
Eastern Washington University $35 per quarter
The Evergreen State College no fee
University of Washington $41 per quarter
Washington State University no fee
Western Washington University $35 per quarter (with 6+credits);
$17.50 per quarter
(with 1-5 credits)

What is Microsoft Student Advantage?

Microsoft Student Advantage is a licensing/software package available for free to Western students. That's right, free!

All current Western students can download, at no charge:

  • Microsoft Windows operating system upgrades (Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10), and
  • the complete Office Professional Suite (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) for Windows and Mac OS

Students who graduate can keep software obtained under this program.

Microsoft Student Advantage began in October 2012. In May 2013, students approved Student Tech Fee-funding of the program through June 2017.

For details on downloading the free software, installation assistance, and other related questions, please see FREE Microsoft Software for WWU Students [an Academic Technology & User Services (ATUS) web page].

How are Student Technology Fee proposals submitted?

The Student Technology Fee proposal process is now called "Tech Initiatives." It includes a two-phase proposal process meant to be simpler and less time consuming for proposers than the previous process. The Student Technology Fee Committee also hopes that the streamlined process will encourage more students to submit their technology ideas.

Revised Tech Initiative forms and instructions are available on this website. Click "STF Tech Initiatives" on the sidebar.

Does the Student Technology Fee pay for printing in computer labs?

Every full-time student receives a print quota of 40 prints per quarter. This began in academic year (AY) 2014. (Students mistakenly received 50 prints per quarter through AY 2016. This oversight was corrected to 40 prints at the start of AY 2017).

Otherwise:

  • The Student Technology Fee (STF) does not cover ongoing printing/supply costs for computer labs.
  • With the exception of the Student Technology Center, which was established in part with STF funds, the STF does not fund ongoing operating expenses.
  • Printing supplies (such as paper, toner, printer repairs, etc.) in the General University computer labs are paid for from the operating budget for Academic Technology & User Services (ATUS).

What technology has the Student Technology Fee brought to the Western campus?

Here are just a few of the technology acquisitions that have enhanced students' learning over the years:

  • Wireless laptop loan program
  • Computers for General University and department labs
  • Specialty printers
  • Recording studio and upgrades
  • Writing Center enhancements
  • small unmanned aircraft systems
  • cart robot with vision system
  • GPS devices
  • iPads
  • CO2 laser
  • SLR cameras and video equipment
  • Sound and lighting equipment
  • Microscopes
  • Student modem pool

For a complete list, see the STF Projects/Tech Initiatives History page.

Does the Student Technology Fee pay the University computer personnel salaries?

The Student Technology Fee policies do not permit paying any permanent salaries.

What else does the Student Technology Fee not pay for?

The Student Technology Fee (STF) does not cover costs for:

  • Buildings
  • Supply costs for STF-funded items
  • Maintenance for STF-funded items
  • Residence hall computer lab equipment or supplies
  • Bandwidth for residence halls
  • ResTek or ATUS Help Desk staffing

Who decides the amount of the Student Technology Fee?

The Associated Students of Western Washington University are asked to vote on proposed increases to the fee. Western's Board of Trustees must then approve the fee. A Student Technology Fee increase was last voted on and approved in spring 2013.

How can I help decide how the Student Technology Fee fund is spent?

If you're a Western student:

  • Submit a Tech Initiatives abstract of a proposal idea.
    (See "STF Tech Initiatives" on this website for abstract form, instructions, and due date.)
  • Review the accepted Tech Initiatives proposals and submit your comments.
    (Proposals are posted on this website during spring quarter for comments from the campus community.)
  • Volunteer to serve on the Student Technology Fee Committee.
    (Three Student-at-large positions are open every fall. Tell the Associated Students you're interested!)
  • Vote in Associated Students elections when Student Technology Fee increases are proposed.

If you're a Western faculty or staff member:

  • Submit a Tech Initiatives abstract of a proposal idea.
    (See "STF Tech Initiatives" on this website for abstract form, instructions, and due date.)
  • Review the accepted Tech Initiatives proposals and submit your comments.
    (Proposals are posted on this website during spring quarter for comments from the campus community.)
  • Volunteer to serve on the Student Technology Fee Committee.
    (There are two available positions: Academic Technology Committee faculty representative, and Faculty Senate at-large representative.)

Does the University contribute to the Student Technology Fee?

No, the University does not contribute to the Student Technology Fee fund. However, the fund may be supplemented on an individual project basis through matching funds from college departments or other grants.

Page Updated 11.30.2016