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IT Fee

Penn State New Kensington students, faculty and staff may request funding from the student IT Fee.  Please read the specifics of the process below.

An Information Technology Fee is charged to all undergraduate and graduate students at all Penn State campus locations. The fees are used to provide Computer Access Accounts for all students and access to Penn State's computing facilities, as well as e-mail, the Internet, ANGEL, eLion, and key information services, such as online databases and governmental data. For students who have their own computers, income from the fee also provides connections to the University's network (wired & wireless). The funds may also be used for the purchase of computers and software for student laboratories, printing expenses, instructional technology, student support services, and workshops.  At Penn State New Kensington, a large portion of the campus IT Fee allocation is utilized to keep the following items up to date:

  • Network infrastructure (wired and wireless)
  • Classroom computers
  • Server infrastructure (authentication, storage, printing)
  • Classroom video conferencing
  • Classroom audio/video equipment (Projectors, sound systems, DVD/VCR, etc.)
  • Classroom software

In additional to what is listed above, IT Fee is also used to support numerous central IT services.  For more details regarding the central services that are supported via Student IT Fee, visit http://www.psu.edu/itfee/.

Expenditure Guidelines

  • Funds required to pay for the lifecycle of student-use computers, peripheral equipment, software, wages for student Help Desk employees, and appropriate instructional technology enhancement projects identified by the Director of IT will be allocated first. Remaining funds will be considered discretionary funds.
  • Disbursement of discretionary funds will be decided by review and vote of the IT Council.
  • All moneys should typically be spent in the academic year the funds were received. Money may be reserved for future anticipated costs of lifecycling or enhancement projects.
  • Funds not spent in one academic year are to be carried over into the following academic year in the student Information Technology budget.
  • Discretionary funds should typically be used for one-time purchases and not continuing items.
  • Funds may be used to offset student printing costs.
  • Purchased equipment that is to be recycled or salvaged will be re-assigned or disposed of at the discretion of the Director of IT.

Submission of Proposals

  • Proposals for discretionary funds may be submitted by students, staff and faculty using the "Penn State New Kensington Student IT Fee Proposal" form.
  • Upon submission, you will receive confirmation that your proposal and supporting document(s) have been received.
  • After your proposal has been reviewed and voted on by the campus IT Council, you will receive notification of the verdict as well as the next steps, if any.

IT Fee Guidelines

  • Information Technology Fee funds are not to be used to support faculty or staff computing needs.
  • Information Technology Fee funds are to be used to acquire equipment, supplies, and services in support of student computing needs and instruction.
  • Priorities for use of funds will be 1) keeping computing equipment and facilities current, 2) enhancing instructional spaces in support of student learning, and 3) support of other student computing needs.
  • A collaborative and consultative process will be employed to direct and review the use of Information Technology Fee funds.



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