Student Activity Fees
Student Activity Fees are paid by enrolled students at UGA, and this fee is dedicated to student programming and services that enhance all aspects of student life at UGA. Students are the only beneficiaries of this fee. The Student Activity Fee is stewarded by the Student Government Association and leadership within the Division of Student Affairs, who recommend and support annual allocations to various student-led groups, organizations, and initiatives.
Student Activity Fees can be allocated to registered student organizations that request funding through established allocation processes. The Student Activity Fee Guidelines outline how these funds are managed. Organizations that receive allocations of Student Activity Fee Funds must adhere to these guidelines for all financial transactions.
1. Each student organization requesting funding must supply requested information in a process developed by the Dean of Students Business Office.
2. Any registered student organization may request Student Activity Fee funding. Categories of clubs and organizations have been established with different request processes and operating procedures in order to accommodate the diversity of size, complexity and purpose of the various campus organizations and programs. Each club or organization requesting funding should submit a budget proposal to the appropriate office and must comply with the request process established by the applicable recommending committee.
10. Unexpended fund balances as of June 30 of each year will be recalled to the Student Activity Reserve & Surplus account.
EXPENDITURES FOR FOOD
Student Activity Fee funds may be used to fund food as part of a sponsored program or event. However, food purchases must be specifically requested and budgeted for any program or activity funded in whole or in part by Student Activity Fee funds.
Organizations can spend no more than 20% of their Activity Fee Allocation on food. Organizations can spend 100% of their Generated Income on food.
No increase in the food budget will be allowed during the fiscal year without the expressed permission of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs through the Dean of Students Business Office.
All food purchases must comply with the university’s food policy, including any applicable per diems.
EXPENDITURES FOR STUDENT TRAVEL
Student Activity Fee funds may be used to fund student travel to conventions, conferences and team competitive events. However, student travel funds must be specifically requested and budgeted for any program or activity funded in whole or in part by Student Activity Fee funds. Expenditures may include reasonable amounts for transportation, lodging, and meals associated with attendance as a delegate or representative.
Guidelines may be developed by the various allocation recommending committees that limit the number of individuals funded to attend a single conference or convention, the number of trips funded, and the dollar amounts reimbursed. They may also restrict the types of travel expenses funded. However, travel reimbursements may not exceed the applicable University travel expense limitations.
Individuals seeking to use allocated or agency accounts for student travel expenditures must receive pre-approval and supply requested information in a process developed by the Dean of Students Business Office.
A maximum daily allowance for meals will be $28.00 (recommended as $6.00 for breakfast, $7.00 for lunch, and $15.00 for dinner but not held to these breakdowns). For travel to areas deemed “high cost,” as determined by state travel guidelines, this allowance may be increased. In such cases a request must be made in writing to the Dean of Students Business Office. Itemized meal receipts must be submitted for reimbursement.
Travel proposals should not exceed 10% of the Student Activity Fee allocation. Exceptions may be made when student travel is a significant element of the organization’s mission and purpose. These requests must be made at the time the budget is presented to the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee. Registration fees are not included when calculating the 10% spending limit. Organizations can spend 100% of their Generated Income on travel.
No increase in the Activity Fee portion (not to include generated income) of the travel budget will be allowed during the fiscal year without the expressed permission of the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs through the Dean of Students Business Office.
Organizations affiliated with schools and colleges are permitted to have both an allocated account and an agency account through the Dean of Students Business Office. Organizations must have written approval from the academic dean of their school or college in order to have both an allocated account and an agency account.
Deposits/Generated Income: The Dean of Students Business Office will evaluate each deposit to determine if the income belongs to the student organization (agency account) or belongs to the university (allocated account). If an organization uses its allocated funds to pay expenses for programs/activities that generate income, the resulting generated income must be deposited into the allocated account. Funds generated without the use of Activity Fee allocations, including dues that students pay, will be deposited into the agency account.
Expenses: All reimbursements and vendor payments must be done via the electronic check request system or a university purchasing card (per university policy—current policy does not allow for the use of a p-card on an agency account). Petty cash cannot be used by organizations that have both an agency and an allocated account.
Organizations must maintain identical approval paths for the allocated and agency accounts in the electronic check request system.
Recall of funds: Funds remaining in the allocated account at the end of the fiscal year will be recalled to the Student Activity Reserve & Surplus account. Funds remaining in the agency account at the end of the fiscal year will remain in the agency account for future use.
Revised: August 2020