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Davis, California

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Student fees pay for different aspects of campus

The total amount due of UC Davis undergraduates for student fees during the 2011-2012 school year was $15,123.36 ($5,041.12 per quarter), $11,220 ($3,740 per quarter) of which is for tuition. Fees increased by 15.6 percent since last fall.
With the exception of the tuition (educational fee), $3,903.36 annually ($1,301.12 per quarter) is used for services such as Unitrans ($6/quarter), student health ($44/quarter), facilities safety ($22/quarter) and ASUCD ($35/quarter).
In 1940, though student fees were significantly lower, it was difficult to find exactly what the fees were paying for when the first study on incidental fees occurred. During that year, fees also increased from $13.50 to $20. It was suspected that the money went to library enhancement, sports facilities and health services.
The UC Council on Student Fees (CSF) is organized to address systemwide matters about student registration and service fees and is an advocate for UC students and the services provided to them through student fees. CSF represents the Student Services and Fees Administrative Advisory Committee (SSFAAC).

SSFAAC is responsible for creating and directing sums of money that comprise the Student Service Fee (Registration Fee) which every student must pay each quarter, so that it is of the greatest benefit to students.

“The Committee may make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor — Student Affairs on Registration Fee funded units both within and outside of Student Affairs,” the Procedures of the SSFAAC stated.

Student Service Fee

Vice Chancellor’s Representative at the SSAAFC Nancy Flagg explained that the Student Service Fee ($324 per quarter) garnered a projected $25,300,000 this year, $1,800,000 of which is restricted for student mental health services.

“If there are changes, it’s the UC Regents who make that decision and we’re not aware of any changes at this time,” Flagg said.
The fee was broken into sums of varying values, including $3,960,000 for the Dutton Hall debt service, Memorial Union (MU) and student facility maintenance, $372,000 for Administration & Resource Management, $30,000 for the Campus Community Relations (Hate Free Initiative), $6,000 for peer advising, $260,000 for the Mondavi Center, $311,000 for University Relations (commencement, publications), $156,000 for ASUCD, $2,004,000 for campus athletics, $746,000 for campus recreation, $266,000 for Student Judicial Affairs,  $206,000 for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC) and $147,000 for the Women’s Resource & Research Center (WRRC).
Other services that are covered in the Student Service Fee are MU fees, Student Health and Counseling, Center for Child and Family Studies (CAES),  the College of Engineering (Livermore Student Services), UC Sacramento Center, Graduate Student Association (GSA), Information Education Technology (IET), student activities and tutoring at the School of Law, Cross Cultural Center (CCC), Internship & Career Center, Student Academic Success Center, Registrar and Office of Technology, Student Disability Center, SSFAAC and Health Benefits and Retirement System.
“Student fees are critical for providing new student facilities and programs.  State general funds cannot be used for student facilities and the Student Service Fee is not enough to finance major new initiatives or facilities,” Flagg said.
Campus Expansion Initiative

According to Flagg $15,300,000 is expected to be collected in the 2012-2013 school year for the Campus Expansion Initiative (CEI). The CEI fee is projected to increase 1.62 percent ($2.87 increase per quarter.) The new quarterly fee will break up $179.88 per student to cover athletic scholarships, the Coffee House (CoHo) expansion, Unitrans, Intramural activities, the Student Community Center (SCC), Student Health Center and Return-to-Aid.

“Without the students having chosen to assess themselves the fees, there would be no Student Community Center, Student Recruitment & Retention Center, ARC or new Student Health Center,” Flagg said.

The Facilities and Campus Enhancements Initiative and the Legal Education Enhancement and Access Program

The Facilities and Campus Enhancements (FACE) Initiative and the Legal Education Enhancement and Access Program (LEEAP) Initiative are projected to collect about $13,000,000 in 2012-2013. FACE and LEEAP fees are specifically intended to improve student activities, intercollegiate athletics and recreation.

These fees are used to pay for the multi-use stadium debt, Schaal Aquatic Center, Activities & Recreation Center (ARC), Equestrian Center, The Pavilion, Intramurals/Sports Clubs, the Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) and Return-to-Aid fees. For the FACE fee, $134.83 per student is allocated per quarter and $163.41 per semester is allocated for the LEEAP fee. In 2004, it was decided that a portion of funds that were allocated for the ARC would be redirected to the multi-use stadium. The initiatives have not been subjected to fee increases and are reviewed by SSFAAC before they are finalized.

“SSFAAC is a great opportunity for students to understand where their student fees are being used and to have an influence on the use of fees,” said Katrina Forrest, an Undergraduate SSFAAC Committee Chair. “It allows the committee members, made of undergraduates, graduates, law students, staff, and faculty, to view various departments and assess their budgets. We are a diverse group of individuals that collectively voice the student body as a whole.”

Student Activities and Services Initiative Fee

Enacted in 1995, the Student Activities and Services Initiative Fee (SASI) is used for the same services as the FACE and LEEAP fees but is subject to a 2.60 percent increase ($2.82 increase per quarter) in 2012-2013. The fee is $111.61 per quarter and is expected to collect $8,700,000 in the new school year.

Forrest said that it requires two quarters to review all the information and table members must then vote on proposed fee increases.
“Our decisions and advice are taken into account by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Fred Wood. In the past he has always listened and followed our recommendations,” she said.
According to the 2011-2012 Student Fees Fact Sheet, most grants will pay for student fees for those who qualify. Middle-income grants will cover all or a portion of any fee increases.
MUNA SADEK can be reached at campus@theaggie.org.


  1. Quick Correction. The title of the council is not the UC Davis Council on Student Fees. It is UC Council on Student Fees. This board holds the chair of each SSAAFC counterpart at each UC Campus.


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