Budget Resources

Budget Process Information

The University of Washington's budget is the result of a process, which begins during every autumn quarter when the Provost releases materials for budget conversations with unit heads. At the same time, the University submits materials to the Governor’s budget office, beginning the first phase of budget negotiations with Olympia. The process integrates Regents’ decisions about tuition rates, financial aid, capital projects, and principles guiding the allocation of resources.  After the provision of funds for centrally-borne expenses - such as utilities, some debt service, etc. - allocations are made for academic and administrative units.

As part of an Organizational Excellence effort to examine the operating budget and it's component processes, the following flow chart was created, which provides an overview of the University's operating budget process.

In addition, to provide more detailed information about the final development and approval of the budget, the following timeline was created.

Fund References

The following PDF files define and categorize UW fund groups and fund codes as well as connect them with the corresponding fund codes used by the Office of Financial Management (OFM). 

  • Fund Group: lists and defines all UW fund groups.
  • Fund by Fund Group: lists and defines the fund codes that belong to each fund group.
  • Fund by Budget Community: lists all UW fund codes and indicates the budget community(ies) (GOF, DOF, OOF, ROF) to which they each belong.
  • Fund Reference: provides a crosswalk from UW fund codes to OFM fund codes and lists all associated budget communities.

If you have questions, please direct them to Amy Floit, afloit@uw.edu.

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