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Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

Interior Design

Undergraduate Professional Fee
Effective Fall 2017

The amount that students pay in tuition and required fees represents a sizeable and important investment in their future. However, student payments alone do not cover the full cost of providing any of Auburn’s educational programs. Even after state appropriations are included, some programs require funding through additional fees in order to provide the high-quality learning environment that students expect. Like the basic tuition and fees, these additional amounts help to cover not only the direct costs of providing instruction and advising in these programs, but also indirect costs associated with Auburn’s role as a comprehensive center of higher education for the state.

The Interior Design (INDS/INDX) program at Auburn University, ranked in the Top 10 nationally, was granted approval for a professional fee due to the serious need of expanding student support services and additional resources to stay competitive with the other top 10 programs in the nation. INDS/INDX is a professional program that was first accredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) in 1998. Professional programs like INDS/INDX require more space per student, a lower student/teacher ratio, more advanced technology and technical support, and the additional cost of achieving and maintaining the accreditation which mandates the aforementioned requirements as compared to traditional undergraduate degrees.

Program fees are a tuition supplement that go directly to the professional programs in which the student is enrolled. Prior to the approval of professional fees for INDS/INDX during the June 2016 Board of Trustees meeting, INDS/INDX received NO program fees, but fees were assessed in several other units on campus, including the College of Architecture, Design and Construction; College of Business; College of Engineering; College of Veterinary Medicine; Honors College; School of Nursing; and School of Pharmacy. Because of the highly technical nature of INDS/INDX, Auburn implemented a $1,000/semester professional fee for the program, effective Fall 2017, increasing to $2,000/semester in Fall 2018. The fees will NOT be covered by any university level scholarship that a student might receive. However, enactment of the fee could reduce some out-of-pocket costs currently incurred by students.

For this professional program fee, students may benefit, for example, through:
• Instructional resources (large format printers, plotters, 3D printers)
• Building & facilities (enhanced studios and computer labs)
• Human resources (IT, staff and faculty support)
• Educational enhancement (field trips, visiting lecturers, professional workshops)
• Accreditation support (administrative expenses, annual fees, site visit expenses)

For questions about the fees, please contact Dr. Pamela V. Ulrich, Consumer and Design Sciences Department Head, via email to ulricpv@auburn.edu or phone at 334/844-1329.