Student Fee Information
Course fees are charged for some course sections in addition to tuition. Academic departments, with the approval of the respective Dean or Director, may add course fees to specific sections. New course fees in excess of $50 or course-fee increases in excess of 10% of the prior approved fee amount must also be approved by the Office of Planning & Budgeting. Course fees are subject to the same billing and collection process as tuition. Any financial aid a student is receiving will apply to the Course Fee.
Please see our 2015-16 Course Fee Report for a full list of course fees.
Tuition and fee information is available myriad places online; this section attempts to categorize “required” fees by Washington State statutory reference, explain briefly the process by which fees are set, and indicate how fee revenue is spent. Required fees are those paid by every student who remits payment of tuition at the University.
At our Tuition History webpage, a twenty-year history of tuition and required fees is available by student category. However, as Services & Activities Fees, Technology Fees, and other debt-service related fees vary by campus, it is important to also view campus-level detail (available at the same webpage).
More information about these fees, fee setting authority, and other fees (e.g. course fees, compulsory fines, etc.) is available online in a policy brief. Additionally, each campus maintains its own Services & Activities Fee (SAF) and Technology Fee committee and web page. Student Fiscal Services also maintains a page dedicated to student fees (both required and not).
Note that “S/B/T” indicates which fees are charged to students at Seattle, Bothell, and Tacoma campuses, though fee amounts may vary by campus.
|Operating Fee (S/B/T)||Component of “tuition fees” charged to students covers instruction-related expenses (e.g. faculty salaries).||28B.15.031||UW Board of Regents establishes operating fees for all student tuition categories except resident undergraduate tuition, which is restricted by 2ESSB 5954 (2015).|
|Building Fee (S/B/T)||Second component of “tuition fees” charged to students for expenses related to capital infrastructure (e.g. minor works and preservation projects). Note that base tuition rates comprise operating and building fees.||28B.15.025 28B.15.210||Building fee amounts are derived as a percent of total tuition fees by student category, but formalized by the UW Board of Regents for all students.|
|Services & Activities Fee (S/B/T)||S&A fees were established to provide funding for student activities and programs or the payment of bonds to cover all or part of the cost of acquiring, constructing, or installing any lands, buildings or facilities. Each campus maintains its own student-run SAF Committee.||28B.15.041||The Board of Regents sets fee levels, in consultation with the Provost, Student Life, and student leadership. Students must vote on new debt service requirements. Expenditures are proposed by students and approved by the Board of Regents.|
|IMA Bond Fee (S)||IMA Bond fee revenue is used to pay debt service associated with the IMA building and associated recreational facilities.||Permissible as part of 28B.15.041||The IMA Bond fee was approved by students and the Board of Regents and was first charged to students in 2002-03.|
|Facilities Renovation Fee (S)||FR fee revenue is used to pay debt service associated with the renovation of the Husky Union Building, Ethnic Cultural Center, and Hall Health Primary Care Center. The fee ramped up to its full amount once students were able to access the facilities fully.||Permissible as part of 28B.15.041||The Facilities Renovation fee was approved by students and the Board of Regents; and first charged to students in 2011-12.|
|U-PASS Fee (S)||U-PASS fee revenue is used to buy students universal access to metro and transit systems (as well as a number of other benefits).||Permissible as part of 28B.15.041||The U-PASS fee was first charged to students as a required fee during the 2011-12 academic year, after students voted to impose the fee on themselves and the Board of Regents approved the fee.|
|Technology Fee (S/B/T)||Revenue generated from the Tech fee shall be used to fund technology resources for student use. Each campus maintains its own student-run Tech Fee Committee.||28B.15.051||The Tech fee is approved by the UW Board of Regents, in consultation with Student Life, Planning & Budgeting, and students. Expenditures are proposed by students and approved by the Board of Regents.|
|Sports Field Fee (B)||SF fee revenue is used to pay debt service associated with the Sports Field and associated recreational facilities.||Permissible as part of 28B.15.041||The Sports Field fee was approved by students and the Board of Regents and was first charged to students in 2012-13.|
|UWT-Y Fee (T) (YMCA Fee)||UWT-Y fee revenue is used to pay debt service associated with the construction of the recreational facility.||
Permissible as part of 28B.15.041
||The UWT-Y fee was approved by students and the Board of Regents and first charged to students in 2014-15. This is a unique partnership between the UW and YMCA where the UW built and owns the building but leases operations and maintenance to the YMCA.|
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