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Student Activity and Service Fees Are Spent to Benefit the Entire Student Body, Report No. 06-42, May 2006
 
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  • Florida statute allows postsecondary institutions to establish a variety of student fees, including activity and service (A&S) fees.  In Fiscal Year 2004-05, state universities collected approximately $60 million in A&S fees while community colleges collected approximately $34 million. The amount of A&S fees institutions may charge students is capped by law, and they are required to spend these funds to benefit the entire student body.  Institutions vary in the amount of A&S fees charged per credit hour.  Three universities charged a combined A&S, athletic, and health fee near the statutory limit.  Twenty-two community colleges charged A&S fees at or near the statutory maximum limit in 2004-05. 
  • As required by law, university student government associations manage A&S funds. Community colleges most often manage A&S funds through a committee structure that includes student representatives.  Most institutions require student organizations to submit a formal budget request to receive A&S funds and report how the funds were spent.  The funds are used to support both student services and a variety of student organizations.  Student government associations received the greatest amount of university A&S fees, while top recipients varied among the community colleges. 
  • While restrictions vary, A&S fees generally cannot be used for political purposes or to purchase alcohol, tobacco, or firearms; and students cannot be charged admission fees to events paid for with A&S funds.  

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Student Services and Counseling
Student Financial Assistance
Florida College System

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 06-43 Technical Report: Activity and Service Fee Use Varies Among State Universities and Community Colleges, published in May 2006.
  • Report No. 06-22 Community Colleges and Universities Have Academic Freedom Policies; Relatively Few Grievances Filed,  published in March 2006.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
e-mail address: oppaga@oppaga.fl.gov


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