Athletics Fund Bump Not a ‘Fee’
The important messages in The Tech’s article about athletics funding [“MIT Tacks Athletics Fee to Tuition,” Feb. 29, 2000] are correct. The athletics card will be discontinued for students (alums, faculty, and staff will continue to be able to purchase a card), and athletics funding is being increased substantially.
That increase should not be described as an athletics fee, however. All of the department’s funding comes from Institute general operating funds, which are supported in part by tuition. The increased funding for the department is being made available as part of the Institute’s general operating budget.
There is no separate fee either on top of or embedded within tuition. There is, however, an institutional commitment to direct more resources towards athletics programs, which need that support and which are so valued by MIT students.