Texas Woman’s University students approved raising the student union fee to pay for a new union in Denton, university officials announced Thursday.
Increasing the fee from $32 to $149 per semester will also help pay for new services and amenities at the university’s Dallas and Houston campuses.
Sixty-one percent of students voted in favor of the increase.
The TWU Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Legislature all must vote on the increased fee before it can be implemented. The earliest the new student union fee could be implemented is the spring 2014 semester.
TWU’s current student union is 42 years old with limited dining, meeting and recreation space.
A location for the new union building has not yet been determined, TWU officials said.
Student leaders and the Student Union Advisory Board developed a wish list for features in the new building. That list includes more dining options, more meeting rooms, a movie theater, more space for student organization offices, a larger game room and recreational area, more study space and technology upgrades.
If the TWU Board of Regents, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Legislature approve the fee increase, construction could start in summer 2013 and the building could open in 2015.