The Student Government Association hopes to make students more aware of student discounts available at local restaurants and businesses with the creation of a discount program, the student relations committee chair said.The program is the result of a resolution written by committee chair Justin Brown that passed unanimously in the House of Student Representatives meeting Tuesday, which calls for SGA to create a single list of discounts available to students off campus and allows for the possibility of creating signs for participating businesses. Brown said he hopes to have the list available to students by the beginning of next semester.
“There are a lot of places that offer discounts, but they’re not publicized in a way that’s useful to students,” Brown said.
Brown used the Trinity Railway Express as an example. Students can ride the TRE, which travels between Fort Worth and Dallas, for free with a valid ID card. The TRE also stops at the American Airlines Center for concerts and sports events.
Many students don’t take advantage of this because they don’t realize they have this option, Brown said. Restaurants such as IHOP and CafÂ Express offer discounts to students, but because they’re not publicized, students don’t know to ask or how much of a discount they offer.
“We used to have fliers that advertised the discount, but now we mainly depend on word of mouth,” IHOP assistant manager Jamie Fluary said.
The committee is also considering getting signs to display at the register of participating businesses that advertise these discounts to students. Brown said he hopes this advertising will encourage other local businesses to offer discounts as well.
“I eat off campus all the time, since I live off campus,” senior psychology major Brittany Tagmyer said, “but I’m a college student, so I need the discounts.”
SGA Vice President Thomas Pressly said the system is loosely modeled after one currently used at the University of Texas at Arlington, though colleges all over the nation have a similar system.
“We’re all on a college budget, so having these discounts and making sure students know about them is really useful,” Pressly said.
Brown said he intends to start contacting local businesses about participation within the next two to three weeks.
“The goal is for students to have access to discounts at pretty much every business in the area,” Brown said.
The SGA also passed a resolution supporting the student honor code and tabled a discussion on the proposed budget to the finance committee at the meeting Tuesday.