Student Fee Committee

Learn more about mandatory fees, and what fees are managed by the

Student Fee Committee

A portion of the funds to operate PSU is paid directly by every student as a condition of enrollment in the form of mandatory fees, which includes the Student Building Fee (SBF), the Student Incidental Fee, the Health Service Fee, and the Academic and Student Recreation Facility Center Fee. the Student Fee Committee (SFC) is responsible for recommending the Student Incidental Fee and Student Building Fee allocations and amounts to ASPSU and the University President under Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS). Read more about each fee on the right column:

  • The Student Building Fee ($39) is used to pay the debts of buildings on campus and some special projects on student building improvements for safety, inclusivity, accessibility etc.
  • The Student Incidental Fee ($296) pays partially or fully for 32 Fee-Funded areas like Athletics, resource centers, and ASPSU, including professional staff and student worker wages and benefits.

Where is the Incidental Fee go?

Incidental fee allocation: $888

This infographic summarizes how the incidental fee is allocated. Refer to the table below for the complete breakdown.

This table summarizes where the incidental fee is allocated.
Department Amount
ASPSU $19.09
SOS $20.42
Student Media $32.77
SFC Reserves $35.79
Funding Board $44.58
Smith Memorial Student Union $71.04
Student Activities and Leadership Programs $95.28
Campus Rec $124.32
Resource Centers $132.22
Childcare $147.50
Athletics $164.90
TOTAL $888

Understanding the Process

This table summarize the fee setting process refer to steps describe below.

Step 1. Seven members of the Student Fee Committee are elected by the student body and then conducts an annual budget review process to develop a Student Incidental and Building Fee recommendation. 
Step 2. The Student Fee Committee then presents their recommendation to the ASPSU Senate to vote on, then the University President to present to the Board of Trustees. 
Step 3. The Board of Trustees sets the new fee rate and then communicates this recommendation to the student body. 
Step 4. The student body pays this fee in exchange for programs, services, and opportunities from the areas funded fully or partially by the Student Incidental Fee. The SFC maintains consistent communications with fee-funded areas throughout schedule reporting in the budget process.

Agendas will be available to review 24 hours before each meeting

During winter term the Student Fee Committee convenes Mondays from 12-1:30PM (PST), Tuesdays from 10:30AM-12PM and Fridays from 11AM-2PM in a virtual zoom meeting. You can review upcoming agendas and meeting minutes in the SFC Public Drive. To submit an Agenda Request for consideration by the SFC, please submit a form through our Connect portal and contact aspsusfc@pdx.edu for more information.

This infographic contains the thirty-two fee funded areas. Refer to the description below for reference.

The 32 fee funded areas include the 5th Ave Cinema, ASPSU, ASPSU Children’s Center, Athletics, Campus Rec, Cultural Resource Centers, Graphic Design Center, Helen Gordon Child Development Center, KPSU, Leadership Fellows, Littman and White Art Galleries, Organizational Budget Council, Pacific Sentinel, Pathos, Portland State Professional Sound, PSU Food Pantry, PSU.tv, Queer Resource Center, Rec Clubs Council, SALP Minor Equipment Reserve, Services for Students with Children, and the Smith Memorial Student Union.

View upcoming committee meetings, budget hearing, events, and more!

SFC Calender

  • The Student Fee Committee is hosting it’s first-ever Winter Student Fee Town Hall to inform students about mandatory fees as well as announce next year’s Student Incidental and Building fee rate! Join us on Wednesday, February 17⋅12:30 – 1:30 PM. RSVP here
  • Fall Student Fee Town Hall Presentation: Fall Student Fee Town Hall Presentation: Watch the recording and view the PowerPoint slides.

Commonly Asked Questions 

  • What is this year’s Student Incidental Fee Rate? Why do I pay for this?
    • This year’s Student Incidental Fee Rate for students taking 8 or more credits is $296. This fee pays for partially or fully Fee-Funded Areas (FFAs) like Athletics, resource centers, and ASPSU, including professional staff and student worker wages and benefits!
  • What is this year’s Building Fee Rate? Why do I pay for this?
    • This year’s Student Incidental Fee Rate for students taking 8 or more credits is $39. This fee is used to pay for the debts of buildings on campus and some special projects on student building improvements for safety, inclusivity, accessibility etc.
  • What is this term’s refund?
    • The 2021 Winter Term refund is $15 for the Student Incidental Fee. The Student Building Fee will also be reduced by 50% in the Winter term for full-time students this equates to a $19 reduction.
  • Why isn’t more money refunded if the school is remote?
    • Although school operations are remote many areas funded by the fee are still providing programs, services, and opportunities to PSU students. Refunds were calculated based on canceled programming events or reduced worker hours.
  • Does this year’s SFC decide this year’s fees?
    • The 2020-2021 Student Fee Committee recommends the budget allocation and fee amount for the Fiscal Year 2022 (next year).
  • Does SFC decide tuition? 
    • No, the Student Fee committee is only in charge of the Student Incidental fee and the Student Building fee. However, if you are a student looking to get involved in the Tuition setting process please follow this link to the Tuition Review Advisory Committee!
  • Why do I pay the building fee if I can’t use the currently use PSU buildings? 
    • Although classes are mostly remote and not may people are on campus, buildings still have fixed costs that need to be sustained. There are several buildings on campus that you can access! All buildings require student ID card in order to access. For the most up-to-date information on current openings, please visit the PSU website.
      • Cramer Hall: 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday)
      • Karl Miller Center: 8am-8:30pm (Monday-Friday); 10am-7pm (Sat-Sun)
      • Fariborz Maseech Hall (FMH): 8am-7pm (Monday-Friday)
      • Smith Memorial Student Union: 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday)
      • Miller Library: 12pm-5pm (Monday-Thursday)
  • How can I opt-out of services I don’t use, like the Health and REC Center?
    • Unfortunately, the fees that go to those services are mandatory and every student has to pay them regardless of whether they use them or not. This is because those fees are used to pay debt services for buildings and other services available on campus/online.
  • Why do I pay the building fee if I can’t use the currently use PSU buildings? 
    • This year’s Student Building Fee Rate for students taking 8 or more credits is $39. This fee is used to pay for the debt service for previous campus construction and renovation projects. Although classes are mostly remote and not may people are on campus, buildings still have fixed costs that need to be sustained. There are several buildings on campus that you can access! All buildings require a student ID card in order to access.  Buildings that are currently available for students to access are:
    • Cramer Hall
    • Karl Miller Center
    • Fariborz Maseech Hall (FMH)
    • Miller Library
    • For building hours and the most up-to-date information on current openings, please visit the PSU website Building access page.
  • How can I opt-out of services I don’t use, like the Health and REC Center?
    • Unfortunately, the fees that go to those services are mandatory and every student has to pay them regardless of whether they use them or not. 100% of the rec fee goes to paying off the rec center building debt and building expenses. This fee was approved by students in a campus-wide vote.This is because those fees are used to pay debt services for buildings and other services available on campus/online. 
    • In addition to providing direct clinical services, SHAC staff promote the health and wellbeing of our campus community by serving on campus committees such as the Incident Management Team, CARE Team, Bias Review Team and Healthy Campus Initiative. SHAC staff also provide response and guidance to the campus community when the campus experiences health or mental health emergencies such as pandemics, outbreaks, TB, suicide and sexual assault.  If students do not wish to utilize SHAC for their personal health care, they still benefit from having health officers on campus dedicated to  cultivating a culture of health, care and wellbeing at PSU.   To see a comprehensive list of what is covered by the SHAC Health Center Fee, access the list of services and resources.