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Government transparency is important. In that interest, I give you something useful: incidental fee budget allocations per group both for 2009-10 and 2010-11. I went ahead and divided each number by 21,000 for 09-10 and 21,400 for 10-11, just so you can see how much YOU pay for each of these groups. Click on the image to see the whole file (too big to put on the blog as an image). Enjoy!

1. If a group received money for 2009-10 and not for 2010-11, it is likely because they didn’t turn in a budget packet.
2. There are two groups that are listed as n/a for 2010-11 in the PFC budget — Forensics and Service Learning Program. Forensics was moved onto the DFC budget, and Service Learning Program was absorbed into the Holden Leadership Center.
3. All dollar amounts per student are rounded to the nearest cent, so each column does not come out to exactly $585 (or $576 for 2010-11). I didn’t include totals because the numbers were so skewed from rounding.
4. 2009-10 amounts don’t include surplus requests or other monies not obtained through the fee allocation process.
5. EMU Board Programs only receive a portion of funding from the incidental fee. Numbers listed for these programs are incidental fee allocations, not whole budget numbers.
6. If there are any questions about any particular funding decision, leave a comment and I’ll try to answer.

Fee Allocations Screenshot

  1. Michael G. says:

    You don’t think sports-related stuff is special interest?

    If I had it my way when I was at the UO I wouldn’t have paid a dime in I-fee dollars towards tickets, pit crew, club sports, etc.

  2. Claire says:

    This is like looking at my paycheck and everything that gets taken out of it!

    Just going through the PFC groups, $81.69 per student if you cut out groups that are
    defined by race, religion or ethnicity that’s $8.74,
    special interest groups (department related or individual ideals) that’s $9.48,
    .20 cents per term for what the hell groups, and
    $12.83 to groups that don’t benefit all UO students ie: only benefits people who can’t keep their pants on, involved in greek life…)

    which leaves $50.99 for Legitimate spending (the journals, pitcrew, aps, dds, etc, and questionable groups that didn’t fit in the other categories) instead of $81.69!


  3. Lyzi Diamond says:

    Based on what you’re saying, Curtis, the i-fee is not going to go down. Going up, on the other hand, is a whole other story.

  4. Curtis says:

    Interesting: Over 75% of the total I-fee is dedicated to just 15 programs and services – and all of them are either incredibly popular (LTD bus service/football tickets) or almost entirely non-controversial (Child Care Subsidy/Moss Street). Even a 10% across-the-board cut on all other services and programs after the Top 15 would only render savings of less than $13/year or $4/term per student. Unless the administration decides to pick up the tab for those services, the I-Fee is going to stay at pretty much the same level regardless of tinkering at the margins.

  5. G-Dawg says:

    I’d rather be paying for childcare subsidy now, than screw the parents out of an education and pay for them on welfare.

  6. Curtis says:

    Great info, by the way, Lyzi. Thanks for doing the work to put this up.

  7. Lyzi Diamond says:

    Oh! I see. Yeah, no. The columns should add up to 585 and 576, respectively. I will change that.

  8. Lyzi Diamond says:

    Uh . . . no they don’t.

  9. *figures per student

  10. Your figures for EMU add up to more than the total i-fee.

  11. Kenny Ocker says:

    Someone really should tell me why I have to pay more than $12 to compensate for people who aren’t able to keep their pants zipped. There’s so many better things to use student money for than little munchkins.

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