"Tuition Runs Out Day" on South Patio Today 11-2

Posted by Karen Lykins - Friday, February 25 2011
Office of Communications & Marketing

Tennessee Tech University's average operating costs come in at a whopping $4.60 per second. There are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day. The university averages 352 days of operation. You do the math. Hint: That's a lot of money.

On March 1, the office of Annual and Special Programs will host the first-ever "Tuition Runs Out Day" from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m on South Patio.

TTU, a state-assisted university, receives one-third of its funding from the state and one-fifth from student tuition and fees. If TTU ran solely on state appropriations and student tuition and fees, it would have to close its doors on March 4, according to Kristie Phillips, director of Annual and Special Programs. Rather than leaving for spring break, students would be going home for the semester.

"It's so important that our alumni and friends continue to donate," said Phillips. "A donation as small as $25 goes a long way."

The event is setup to educate students, faculty, staff, and community members about the cost of running TTU and why their money is so important. The event is free and open to everyone. Students will be encouraged to "give a second" by donating $5 but are not required to. Credit card processing will be available for donations.

The event will carry a carnival theme with booths from participating colleges, schools and organizations. Volunteers will be stationed at each booth to answer questions about the challenges of funding a public university and to participate in giveaways.

Student volunteers from Greek Life, Athletics, the College of Business, SGA, School of Agriculture, College Republicans, Psychology Club, the College of Engineering, College of Arts & Sciences and the TTU Calling Crew have come together to help engage and educate other students.

"More than anything, it's an awareness event," said Phillips. "We want students to realize that their tuition and fees are crucial to operations here at Tech but that it takes so much more to keep the doors open."

The event will be held rain or shine.