On March 25, 1996, the Governor of the State of Washington approved the Second Substitute House Bill 2293 (RCW 28B.15.051) enabling technology fees to be established and charged to each enrolled student at institutions of higher education with the written agreement of the respective student government associations and the governing board of each institution, separate from tuition fees.
- The governing board of each of the state universities, the regional universities, and The Evergreen State College, upon the written agreement of its respective student government association or its equivalent, may establish and charge each enrolled student a technology fee, separate from tuition fees. During the 1996-97 academic year, any technology fee shall not exceed one hundred twenty dollars for a full-time student. Any technology fee charged to a part-time student shall be calculated as a pro rata share of the fee charged to a full-time student.
- Revenue from this fee shall be used exclusively for technology resources for general student use.
- Only changes in the amount of the student technology fee agreed upon by both the governing board and its respective student government association or its equivalent shall be used to adjust the amount charged to students. Changes in the amount charged to students, once implemented, become the basis for future changes.
- Annually, the student government association or its equivalent may abolish the fee by a majority vote. In the event of such a vote, the student government association or its equivalent shall notify the governing board of the institution. The fee shall cease being collected the term after the student government association or its equivalent voted to eliminate the fee.
- The student government association or its equivalent shall approve the annual expenditure plan for the fee revenue.
- The universities and The Evergreen State College shall deposit three and one-half percent of revenues from the technology fee into the institutional financial aid fund under RCW28B.15.820.
- As used in this section, "technology fee" is a fee charged to students to recover, in whole or in part, the costs of providing and maintaining services to students that include, but need not be limited to: Access to the internet and world wide web, e-mail, computer and multimedia work stations and laboratories, computer software, and dial-up telephone services.
- Prior to the establishment of a technology fee, a governing board shall provide to the student governing body a list of existing fees of a similar nature or for a similar purpose. The board and the student governing body shall ensure that student fees for technology are not duplicative.
The original Technology Fee for Eastern Washington University students was established in 2001 at $35 per student, per quarter. Currently, the fee has been increased as of 2017-2018 school year and is at $40 per student, per quarter.