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Student union building fee gains 79 percent approval


By WSU Tri-Cities marketing and communications

RICHLAND, Wash. — Washington State University Tri-Cities students approved a $100 per student per semester fee to build and maintain a student union building following a three-day online vote.

When the polls closed Sept. 18, 19 percent of undergraduate and graduate students had cast ballots, or 266 of 1,426 students. Of those voting, 79 percent approved the fee.

Tri-Cities students paid $512 in mandatory fees for the 2014-15 academic year, the lowest in the WSU system. Addition of the new fee will bring the annual total to $712. This is in addition to tuition.

The student union fee will not go into effect until property for the building, located in north Richland, has been sold to WSU Tri-Cities and the WSU Board of Regents has approved the project.

Groundbreaking for a building could begin up to 18 months after final approval.

For more information about the campaign for the student union building, see

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