of Nebraska institutions are funded through multiple revenue sources including
state appropriations, tuition, student fees (mandatory, non-mandatory and other
miscellaneous fees), grants and donations.
state appropriation levels are determined by the Legislature’s Appropriations
Committee, while each campus establishes its own tuition rates, which are
approved by the Board of Regents. Each campus
is also authorized to establish mandatory, non-mandatory and other
miscellaneous student fees at its discretion at rates associated with their
unique needs. Review and approval of student
fees is provided either by the student body, the Board of Regents or University
of Nebraska Kearney administration, depending on the fee type.
student fees are defined as amounts which are directly assessed to all enrolled,
graduate and undergraduate students, are required to be paid with tuition, and
are generally dedicated to specific purposes.
Mandatory student fees include the following:
University Program and Facilities Fees (UPFF)
Fund A – fees designated for student activities which are managed by student organizations
Fund B – fees designated for university programs and facilities, i.e., payment of debt service, ongoing repair and maintenance of facilities, student service agencies
Other Mandatory Miscellaneous Fees (non-UPFF)
revenues generally dedicated to specific purposes including the student ID
card, enhancement of technology, library support, student records, academic
success, distance education, cultural enrichment and student research
student fees are assessed for specific activities or programs that exist
because of the support provided by fee revenues. Other fees are intended to purchase
something, provide services or other benefit to the student. Student Union fees and Facility fees are used
to help repay revenue bonds which finance student facilities and to pay for
their repair and maintenance.
Miscellaneous and Fund B fees can be charged to generate revenue for the
Operations can be totally funded by fee proceeds. The recognized auxiliary operations of UNK
are: Counseling & Health Care, ID Card Office, Residence Life, Wellness
Center, Parking Services, and the Child Development Center.
- System wide
initiatives such as the Technology fee and the proceeds can be used to fund
hardware, software, infrastructure, staffing, and general operating expenses.
fees can be charged to cover the following type of expenses: consumable materials, i.e., glass tubes,
computer kits, certificates, animal specimens, library journals and services,
customs, make-up, etc.
If your department is not a recognized auxiliary operation, you cannot charge fees to support the general
expenses of your department or division.
Generally mandatory fees are
assessed to all enrolled students. The
following exceptions may apply:
- Each academic
term, Fund A fees are refundable upon request within 30 days from the start of
- Fees may be
partially refundable upon withdrawal according to the tuition and fee refund
schedule included in the UNK Schedule of Classes
- UNK employees
taking classes will be assessed limited fees including the Technology fee, Distance
Education fee, Library fee and Records fee. The Facility fee, Student Weight
Room fee, Academic Success fee, and Undergraduate Research Fellowship fee are
waived up to the number of credit hours for which an Employee tuition waiver
has been received; all other mandatory fees are waived.
education exchange students may have various mandatory fees waived if attending
UNK under a contract that implicitly waives these fees
students taking classes at UNK may have their UPFF fees waived if the student
is paying these fees at their home campus
- High school
students enrolled as Early Entry or Dual Enrollment are not assessed mandatory
| Student Activity Fee
||Revenue from this fee is used to support student activity programming and student government.
|Student Events Ticket Fee
||This fee provides free admission to UNK sponsored events such as theater productions and athletic events. This fee also supports the intramural program and the Student Talent Development Program, enabling students to participate in opportunities that develop student leadership skill or that provide venues for students to display intellectual talent and other exceptional accomplishment.
|Student Union Fee
||Revenue from this fee supports the Nebraskan Student Union.
|Health & Counseling Fee
Revenue from this fee is used to support Counseling and Heath Care.
||Revenue from this fee supports ongoing maintenance, repair and operation of student facilities.
|College Readership Fee
||Revenue from this fee allows students free access to two local and two national daily newspapers during the academic year.
|Student Weight Room Fee
||Revenue from this fee is used to provide improvements to the student weight and exercise room.
|ID Card Fee
||Provides the student with a validated ID card. Revenue from this fee is used to support the ID card office.
||Revenue from this fee is used to enhance and increase the instructional and informational technology literacy and access for students.
||Revenue from this fee supplements library book collections, research materials and serial journal collections.
|Student Records Fee
||This fee provides for lifetime copies of student transcripts.
|Academic Success Fee
||Revenue from this fee provides services for all students through the Student Support Services, Learning Strategies, Services for Students with Disabilities, First Year Experience, Academic and Career Services, Writing Center and Academic Success offices by means of mentors, tutors and programming. These offices seek to provide services that enhance student academic performance, retention and graduation.
||Revenue from this fee is used to administer programs and services that foster and develop a supportive environment for students of American ethnic heritage, promotes a multicultural climate conducive to the educational achievement of all students and encourages a global perspective of learning for the campus. This fee also supports new programs focused on bringing culturally rich educational events and activities to campus.
|Undergrad Research Fellowship Fee
||Revenue from this fee will provide students the opportunity to participate in scholarly activity during their college career.
|Wellness Center Fee
||Revenue from this fee is cost recovery for construction of the facility and then for ongoing maintenance when occupied.
|Distance Education Fee
||Revenue from this fee is used to provide direct services and support to distance education programs.
student fees generate a significant amount of revenue to support a variety of
programs. Departments may retain
unexpended revenues for these programs from year to year. As a result, programs funded with mandatory
student fees can accumulate fund balances which are available to be carried
over for use in future years.
should be noted that the University of Nebraska possesses two central governing
authorities, Central Administration and the Board of Regents, to provide
oversight and guidance with regard to student fees. http://www.nebraska.edu/docs/board/RegentPolicies.pdf
for the establishment and approval of UPFF Fund A and B fees are governed by
the Board of Regents, while procedures for Miscellaneous Fees are campus
of Nebraska Central Administration guidelines prohibit fee increases greater
than 5%. These informal guidelines also
stipulate that fees cannot be increased to cover budget reduction packages.
New fees or increases
to existing fees are voted on annually by the student
body. Changes to these fees are reported to Central Administration.
All fees are reviewed and approved annually by the Board of Regents. Approval of Fund B fees is documented in the Board of Regents April meeting minutes.
Changes to existing fees are reviewed by the Chancellor’s Cabinet. These changes are documented in the Board of Regents meeting minutes.
University of Nebraska Kearney has a structured process in place to establish
new student fees or to request an increase to an existing fee. The campus fee processes in effect during the
scope of this review were amended effective January 2012 and are outlined in
the following flowcharts according to whether the proposed fee is a UPFF Fund
A, Fund B or a Miscellaneous Fee.
in late September, an announcement is distributed to Administrative Council and
their direct reports by Business and Finance requesting
the submission of proposals for student
fees to be assessed for the following academic year. This announcement outlines the fee approval
process, includes the fee proposal form
and specifies the date in November when the proposals are due to the
Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance.
Business and Finance Review Panel consisting of the Vice Chancellor for
Business & Finance, Director of Finance, the Assistant to the Vice
Chancellor for Business and Finance, and the Manager of Student Accounts was
created to provide an initial review of fee proposals for reasonableness and
compliance with Central Administration guidelines. This panel reviews fee
proposals in mid-November.
summary of accepted fee proposals is created by the Vice Chancellor for
Business and Finance and is simultaneously sent to the Chancellor and to the
Academic Administrative Review group in early December for a vote on
advancement (except Fund A fees which are voted on by students). This group consists of the Dean for Student
Affairs, President or Vice President of Student Government, the four academic
deans or their designees, the Graduate Dean and a Faculty Senate
representative. Fee proposals that are
approved at this level are advanced to the Chancellor and the Chancellor’s
Cabinet for review. If a proposed fee is
advanced through all approval levels, it will be included in the annual fee request
and review package that is forwarded to the Central Administration in
January. The approved fees are reported
to the Board of Regents at their spring meeting.
to Board of Regents review and/or approval of student fees for an academic
term, the Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance notifies the Manager of
Student Accounts of the fees which have been approved for the upcoming term. The Manager of Student Accounts places the
new fee rate into production for the new term.
Department Chair has the authority to request a new fee or a change to an
existing fee with approval of the appropriate Dean or Vice Chancellor.
the Administrative side, a Dean or Director has the authority to request a new
feel or a change to an existing fee with approval of their appropriate Vice
description of what fee revenues can and cannot be expended for. Generally, fees should be expended only for
the intended purpose for which the fees were collected. This information should be on the Fee
Proposal Request Form.
of Nebraska Central Administration guidelines require that permanent salary and
benefits should not be supported with fee revenue and/or “soft” money generated
on each campus. This policy excludes
salaries and benefits of permanent employees paid by certain recognized
Auxiliary Fund cost centers.
independent periodic review of the expenditure of student fee revenues will be
performed at least annually by an independent administrator to ensure that the
funds are used effectively, efficiently and for the intended purpose for which
they were collected. This review should
be documented and the results communicated to campus administration.
independent periodic review of fund balances should be performed by an
independent administrator to ensure that current fee amounts being collected
are set at an appropriate level and also to ensure that fund balances on hand
are not excessive. The review should
include an analysis of fees earned for the period, disbursed, transferred and
carried over from the previous fiscal year as well as fund balances carried
forward to the subsequent fiscal year.
Significant fund balance surpluses should be identified and an
explanation of its planned use provided by the department. This review should be documented.