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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a general fee?

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How does the general fee contribute to student success?

At state-supported colleges and universities, the state legislatures usually place restrictions on how tuition dollars and state appropriation funds can be spent. These funds are usually limited to direct and indirect support of the instructional mission of the institution. State and tuition money, therefore, is used to support classroom buildings, faculty, academic advisors, and general administration functions such as admissions, registrar, advising, central operations and the like. However, students are supported by other areas in order to be successful and to experience a full and dynamic campus life.

That's where general or incidental fees come in. Every state college or university has general fees in addition to tuition that support the institution's mission and enhance the quality of life for students. These fees pay for many of the in-direct and direct services to students that are not specific to instruction. Examples of these areas include providing health and counseling; offering leadership opportunities through student organizations and student government; ensuring a dynamic and vibrant campus through a variety of student activities and events outside the classroom, such as Intercollegiate athletics, club sports, intramurals, wellness/fitness centers, and student unions.

How does the general fee help me at IUPUI?

Select examples of how the general fee helps students at IUPUI:

  • Funds the individual school councils to support student organizations, events, and activities specific to the academic majors in the respective schools.
  • Provides budgetary support for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
  • Subsidizes Student Health Services to provide physician and nurse practitioner health care to students at a reduced rate, free flu shots, discounted medical services, and wellness education.
  • Funds a portion of University Information Technology System (UITS) in order to provide students and the campus with appropriate and up-to-date technology such as broadband and wireless support.
  • Funds the Student Activities Programming Board and the Student Development Funding Committee. Student members of these committees award funds to other students and to student organizations for programming and events.
  • Supports the Intercollegiate Athletic Program, providing students with free tickets/entrance to athletic competitions on campus and discounted tickets when competitions are held at city venues such as Conseco Field House.
  • Supports the staffing of and activities conducted through the Office of Student Involvement such as Fraternity and Sorority Life, Leadership Development, Social Justice Education, Civic Engagement, service learning, alternative spring break trips, and subsides for specialty events such as affinity dinners and heritage month programming.
  • Provides support for the Campus Center which includes debt service and operations.
  • Support the Multimedia Production Center (MPC) which provides free graphic design requests and printing for registered student organizations.
  • Supports Undergraduate and Graduate/Professional Student Governments.
  • Supports the operations of Educational Partnerships and Student Advocacy through: the Weeks of Welcome events; New Student Welcome Dinner; Family Calendar; Student Planners; and provides funding for the Student Advocate Coordinator to help students solve problems by providing objective consultation, promoting self-advocacy, and serving as an information resource.
  • Funds the Educational Enhancement Grants for undergraduate and graduate/professional students.
  • Subsidizes Campus Recreation, including maintenance of the fields.
  • Supports the operations of the Office of Health and Wellness Promotion.
  • Safety escort operated by Indiana University Police.
  • Various programmatic support for events such as JagBlast during Summer Orientation, Weeks of Welcome, Jagapalooza and Homecoming.

NOTE: The GFAB does not review allocations of General Fee monies that are dedicated to Athletics, UITS, or the school councils (school council allocations total $192,500 and are distributed by a blended allocation rate based equally on student headcount and credit hours from the previous Fall and are capped individually at $20,000).

What is the General Fee Advisory Board?

The General Fee Advisory Board, established in July of 2007, is composed of undergraduate and graduate students and selected administrators and faculty in order to provide advice on

  • Investing campus-wide mandatory fees to enhance student success and create a vibrant campus environment.
  • Improving student life by identifying and prioritizing student needs.
  • Developing and applying a philosophical framework for fee investment and allocation.
  • Improving campus climate for all students at IUPUI.

Students are appointed to the Board each year by the respective Presidents of the Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate and Professional Student Government. For more information on the General Fee Advisory Board, please see

What criteria guide the distribution of the General Fee?

The following criteria have been used to guide the General Fee Advisory Board as it reviews the current distribution and any new requests for the general fee funds:

  • Serve a large number of students
  • Be open to all students
  • Be accessible to ADA eligible student
  • Contribute to student recruitment, retention, and graduation
  • Increase student engagement
  • Build student community
  • Help meet identified student needs
  • Support programs, services, and facilities which have received General Fees in the past
  • Support unfunded mandates related to services, programs and facilities which are currently supported by the General Fee

These criteria are reviewed annually by the General Fee Advisory Board and may be modified within the philosophical framework.

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