Student Learning Fees

SLF Expenditure Guidelines and Budget Information

Expenditure Guidelines

Revenue from SLF fees can be used for items such as, but not limited to:

  • Equipment, materials, hardware and software to prepare students for the workplace
  • Computer labs to foster collaboration and teaching
  • Hands-on experiences that enhance learning and engagement in solving real-world problems
  • Experiential opportunities such as field trips, field schools and student competitions
  • Instructional student assistants for tutoring services (college and program specific, as well as general education), supplemental instruction, and writing assistance
  • Student assistants who do not teach or grade (student assistants in galleries, libraries, student learning centers, other lab settings, etc.)
  • Visiting artists, guest lecturers, or a lecture series
  • Off-campus facility usage expenses

Revenue from SLF fees cannot be used for items such as, but not limited to:

  • Faculty or staff-related salaries, benefits, travel, registration fees, or hardware/software/equipment for them
  • Teaching associates, graduate assistants, student assistants or instructional student assistants who teach or grade
  • Hospitality expenses
  • Capital improvement project expenditures such as those related to land acquisition, new or remodel construction or installation costs. This includes remodel costs or installation paid to on-campus service centers such as Facilities Management & Services (FMS) or Telecommunication Services (TSRV) to install equipment. SLF funding can support equipment purchases but the installation and remodeling of space must be covered by other funding.

Budget Information

Unit-level funding is determined each fall and allocated during July of the following fiscal year. Units may use SLF funds to support strategic investments by designating up to 10% of their current-year SLF allocation for planned carry-forward for a specific project. Carry-forward for a given project may extend for up to three years. For instance, carry-forward of $10,000 each from 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 could then be combined with $10,000 from 2021-2022 funding for a $30,000 expenditure in 2021-2022. Any unspent funds above the 10% for planned rollovers are returned to the campus fee pool for reallocation the following year. Encumbrances at fiscal year-end are allowed. Every effort must be made to follow the proposed budget in the year that funds are originally allocated. The 10% planned rollover will be monitored closely and units will be required to report on any unspent allocation each year-end.

Questions regarding SLF budgets or the appropriateness of an expenditure should be directed to the University Budget Office (x5931) or Financial Services (x5103).