For over a century, Student Government Finance has taken pride in funding what is truly important to students at the University of Florida. Finance works with the university's Activity and Service Fee Budget, which accrues when each student pays tuition. Activity and Services Fees are authorized under Florida Statute 1009.24, and fees are collected by the Office of the University Registrar as a component of tuition in the amount recommended annually by the Local Fee Committee and approved by the State University System of Florida’s Board of Regents.
For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, each student pays $19.06 per credit hour, which amounts to a $21,444,157 budget.
Student Government strives to continually improve the student experience at UF while operating in a fiscally responsible manner. SG administers the allocation of the Activity and Service Fees and divides them into three main entities called the Big 3: the J. Wayne Reitz Union
/Student Activities and Involvement
, Recreational Sports
, and SG. The Budget and Appropriations Committee of the Student Senate then holds hearings for each of the Big 3 in the summer to ensure that the funding continues to be spent in the best interest of the students. The Committee also holds hearings to establish a budget for the next fiscal year each spring.
The Activity and Service Fee Budget funds a wide variety of things at UF, including but not limited to:
- Student organizations and events (Visit GatorConnect for a full list of campus groups)
- Student Government Productions, which features nationally recognized artists and performers
- ACCENT Speakers Bureau, which brings prominent, influential, and controversial speakers to campus
- SG Bike Repair, SG Print Lab, and the SG Graphics and Copy Center, all of which provide certain services at no charge or a reduced cost to students or student organizations.