Division of Student Affairs

Student Fee Committee


The Student Services Fee and the Student Activities Fee are mandatory fees charged to all students to provide access to a variety of student activities and services.  The fees are prorated for part-time enrollment.  The Student Fee Committee (SFC) recommends a fee level and fee allocations to the university president.  The president submits a recommendation to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, which makes the final determination of fee levels and fee allocations.

Student Services Fee and Student Activities Fee revenue collected in excess of committed allocations will be deposited into the Student Fee Contingency account for one-time funding requests.


 The charge of the Student Fee Committee is to:

  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the University president

  • Review all Committee procedures and guidelines annually

  • Review student services and activities funding requests at the University

  • Make recommendations to the University president regarding allocation and fee changes that focus on program support rather than micromanagement of programs

  • Provide oversight of the Student Services Fee Contingency account by making recommendations to the University president for allocations of one-time funding requests


Current Members



NISG President, Chair

Hunter Flesch

Org and Finance Chair

Oliverio Covarrubias

NISG at-large appointment

Aaron Friel

NISG at-large appointment

Maddie Twedt

NISG at-large appointment

Jake Weber



Student Affairs

Shelley O'Connell

Student Affairs

Leslie Williams

Academic Affairs

Tim Bakula

Academic Affairs

Jeff Funderburk

Finance and Operations

Kelly Flege

President-elect of NISG TBD
NISG Director of Administration and Finance Danielle Massey
Administrative support for NISG Pam Creger


As required by Iowa Code 262.34B, a student fee committee composed of five students and five university employees shall be established at each of the universities governed by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.  The voting membership (10) at the University of Northern Iowa is comprised of:

  • Current president of Northern Iowa Student Government (NISG) (serves as chair)

  • Chairperson of NISG Organization and Finance Committee

  • Three student representatives at-large (appointed by NISG)

  • Five faculty/staff representatives at-large (appointed by University president)

    • Two representatives from Student Affairs

    • Two representatives from Academic Affairs

    • One representative from Administration and Financial Services

Appointment preference should be given to individuals whose organization/department/college has no vested interest in the allocations being considered.

The non-voting, ex-officio membership is comprised of:

  • President-elect of NISG

  • Current NISG Director of Administration and Finance

  • Staff member from Financial Accounting and Reporting, if representation from this office is not obtained as an appointed voting member

  • Advisor to NISG (or designee) to provide administrative support to the committee

Appointments are to be reviewed annually and completed by September 15.  Reappointments may occur at the discretion of the appointing body.  If a vacancy occurs prior to the end of a term, the appointing body may make an interim appointment.

Appointments for committee members run from September 15 through September 14.  

Appointment of the committee chair runs from the day following Commencement through Commencement of the following year.


  • Committee meetings will occur throughout the academic year.  Summer meetings may be conducted via email when issues of importance arise that require action prior to the start of the academic year.

  • Meetings will be held on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m., beginning on the first Wednesday of the fall semester and followed with monthly meetings from September through December.  Weekly meetings will be scheduled from January through April.

  • The advisor to NISG (or designee) will take minutes of each meeting and make them available for review.

  • The president of the university will be invited to selected committee meetings with target dates in early fall, early spring and late spring.

  • A committee orientation will be conducted in early fall to inform committee members about the allocation process and procedures and to acquaint members with the initiatives receiving funding.

The following procedures apply to the process of recommending student fee allocation changes:

  • Review allocation recommendations from the previous year’s committee that will take effect in the subsequent academic year

  • Recommend allocation distributions to the president for the following academic year

  • Provide recommendation before the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, docket deadline or April 15, whichever comes first.

  • Provide a copy of the Committee recommendations to the Student Senate of NISG.  The Senate may review the recommendations and provide comments to the University president and the Board of Regents.  

  • The University president will transmit a copy of an endorsement or a different recommendation to the Student Senate of NISG.  The University president will transmit the recommendations of the Committee and an endorsement or different recommendation to the Board of Regents for consideration.  

  • The Board of Regents will make the final decision on the student fee allocation changes.

The following procedures apply to the process of recommending student fees as part of the tuition and mandatory fee proposal:

  • Solicit funding requests from entities currently receiving fee allocations and entities seeking new funding.  (Student organizations are not eligible for routine funding through this source; funding for student organizations is allocated through NISG.)

  • Evaluate programs, activities and services seeking funding according to Committee procedures and guidelines; requestors will be provided an equal opportunity to provide input to the Committee.  The Committee will develop the parameters for meetings with and/or presentations by requestors each year.

  • Discuss an appropriate level of support to the entities seeking funding.

  • Prior to the conclusion of the spring semester and based on enrollment projections, recommend to the University president the fee amounts that will be required to fund the entities at the agreed upon level.


The following criteria will be used by the Committee when evaluating funding requests.  The Committee shall use these guidelines when recommending line allocation funding.  The intent of these guidelines is to offer members of the Committee, as well as entities requesting student fees, clarity regarding the intended use of student fees.

Priority consideration will be given to programs, activities, or services that:

  • Enhance student life and the out-of-classroom experience, promote student interests, enhance student involvement and/or meet student needs

  • Are consistent with the mission and values of the university

  • Provide opportunities for students, either by direct participation or by participating in the audience, to develop new skills, competencies or appreciations

  • Foster the development of community on campus

  • Are designed for, open to, serve and benefit the greatest number of students (consideration will be given to the number of unique students rather than counting one student multiple times)
  • Have administrators who have demonstrated a record of fulfilling their stated objectives and using previous allocations in accordance with the intent of the Committee

  • Have administrators who have made a good-faith effort to seek alternative funding and/or collaborate with other entities for resources

  • Contribute to the educational experience of students by promoting, supplementing or enhancing curricular activities outside the realm of instruction.

  • Are developed primarily at the request of students

  • Involve students in deciding how student fee money is spent

Less consideration will be given to programs, activities, or services that:

  • Are intended primarily to fulfill course, department, and/or degree requirements

    • The extent to which non-major students participate will be given consideration

  • Are directly related to job seeking and not applicable to all students, such as job fairs, interviews/auditions, and the like

  • Are directed toward the community and/or prospective students

  • Provide scholarships and/or assistantships for students from these funds

  • Request funding for salaries, stipends, or payments to non-student staff and faculty within the requesting organization, unless fee support is the sole funding source for the entity.

Exceptions to the funding criteria may be made at the discretion of the Committee.



The Student Fee Contingency account will receive funds collected in excess of allocations and will support shortfalls when revenues are collected below committed allocation levels. The target account balance is recommended not to fall below $100,000 in order to support any shortfalls that may occur.  Account balances above $100,000 may be used to fund initiatives that are generally one-time requests that cannot be met through the annual allocation process.  


The Committee will recommend to the University president allocations to be made from the contingency account.  Preference will be given to initiatives associated with services already funded through line allocations.  The president will make the final determination of support.

The Committee will establish the timeline and criteria for determining allocations from the contingency account.  The process should begin after a committee orientation process in the fall.  Emergency requests may be reviewed at any time when determined appropriate by the committee chair.

Student Activities Fee (FY17)

Student Organizations (NISG)

This fund is administered by the Northern Iowa Student Government and is used to support a variety of student organizations, including the operation of NISG.  Student organizations apply to NISG to receive funds.


Formerly part of the Panther Pass, this line provides free admission for students to UNI music events.


Formerly part of the Panther Pass, this line provides free admission for students to UNI theatre events.


Formerly part of the Panther Pass, this line provides students two free tickets per semester to events at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.

Intercollegiate Academics

This fund supports intercollegiate academic experiences for students.  It provides funding for student attendance at professional conferences with priority given to professional development experiences.

Northern Iowan

This provides partial funding for costs associated with the University's student newspaper.  


This allocation partially funds the all-campus event.

Family Weekend

These dollars help support family weekend activities that can be enjoyed by UNI students and their families.

Maucker Union Related Lines

This fund provides support for a number of student activities.  The component lines receiving funding include CAB-Spotlight/Film/Administration; CAB-Entertainment; CAB-Speakers; Panther Productions; Service and Leadership Council; and the Student Involvement Center.  

Center for Multicultural Education

This fund supports diversity programming on campus, including racial/ethnic minority heritage months. 

Student Services Fee (FY17)

Intercollegiate Athletics 

These funds are used to support general operating costs of the athletic program.  The former Panther Pass/Athletics line is included which provides free admission for students to UNI athletic events.

Athletics General Fund Conversion 

This fund offsets some of the general fund dollars currently supporting Athletics; it is not new money to Athletics.  Revenue generated from these fee dollars will be removed from Athletics general fund support and targeted toward services that directly benefit students.  In order to have transparency with this offset, a separate line was created for the Athletics conversion rather than combining the funds with another line dedicated to Athletics.

Panther Shuttle Bus

This line provides free, convenient bus transportation around campus Monday through Friday, including the ROTH Complex.

NISG/UNI Weekend SafeRide

This weekend evening transportation service provides students with safe and reliable bus transportation to entertainment venues around the city.




Origination date: March 1993
Revision date: March 2004, February 2010, August 2010, September 2015