Student Fee Information

Tuition and fee information is available myriad places on line; this page 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.

A twenty-year history of tuition and required fees by student category is available here. However, Services and Activities Fees, Technology Fees, and other debt-service related fees vary by campus. When reviewing these fee amounts, please see the annualized tuition and fee information sheets by campus

More information about these fees, fee setting authority, and other fees (e.g. course fees, compulsory fines, etc.) is available on line 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 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.

Fee Name

Basic Definition

Statute

Additional Information

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. Regents may impose increases on resident undergraduate tuition above levels assumed in omnibus operating budgets through 2014-15 without additional policy limitations.

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.

 

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