University of Colorado student leaders are fighting to keep student fees low by pledging to limit the increase in the mandatory student activity fee to 3 percent or less.

The Daily Camera reports that CU Student Government sets the student activity fee each spring. The fee is currently about $404 per semester for most students. Student leaders are hoping to limit the increase to about $12.

Students at the university pay between $275 and $1,073 each semester in mandatory fees. The student activity fee goes toward funding the student center, recreation center and other student groups and services.

The student government will hear budget proposals from fee-funded groups starting next month. They have asked groups to limit new spending.