Graduate students pay a number of mandatory student fees that are not covered by tuition remission. These fees help support a number of services on campus such as Shuttle UM, Campus Recreation Center, Athletics, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. To see where that money goes, visit the Bursar's office website which includes information for the current academic year and for previous years.
Decisions to increase go through two major steps. First there is a campus committee that works with each of these service areas. These committees review any proposed fee changes before submitting recommendations to the Committee for the Review of Student Fees. There are graduate student seats at both levels that are filled through the Graduate Student Government.