Student Group Spotlight 2012
SFAC: The Student Voice in Student Fee Allocation
Since it was first established in 1976 by the University of California (UC) Office of the President, UCLA’s Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) has been a major voice in advocating for the interests of students on issues related to student fees. SFAC advises the Chancellor on a variety of matters involving the fees that students pay, including critical questions about how the Student Services fee is allocated.
A group like UCLA’s SFAC exists on every campus in the UC system, and their responsibilities are defined by their Charter. These responsibilities include: providing student input to the Chancellor on all matters pertaining to student fees; reviewing and recommending student fee funding priorities; advising the Chancellor on operations, services, and programs for a variety of non-instructional departments for which students are among the primary clients (regardless of the source of their funding); and conducting periodic reviews of these units.
As on every campus, our SFAC’s main responsibilities involves advising the Chancellor on the use of the Student Services Fee one of the largest fees assessed to students) and other fees assessed to students. The Student Services Fee is a mandatory fee charged to every registered UC student that provides funding to support those services that benefit students and complement, but are not directly a part of, the instructional program. The other fees reviewed by SFAC include the: Student Programs, Activities, and Resource Center Fee; Course Materials Fees; and Instructional Enhancement Initiative Fee.
It is important to point out that UCLA’s SFAC is the only SFAC in the UC system that reviews the total amount of Student Services Fees collected for our campus – an amount in the range of $25-30 million a year. This is not only a huge responsibility, but it gives the UCLA SFAC a great deal of influence to ensure the appropriate allocation of funds for student services.