The Daily Lobo reached out to ASUNM to find out how student fees are distributed.
Delia Brennan, ASUNM chief of staff, emphasized that there are different categories of student fees.
The student activity fee is “the one we think about when we think of student fees. It goes to things like all the resource centers on campus. It goes toward athletics, it goes toward LoboRESPECT, the SHAC runs on it, the libraries and so on,” she said.
Brennan said the money that goes toward those fees have “stayed pretty consistent for at least the past two years” since she’s been on the board.
A fee increase will happen only to ensure that each group gets the money they deserve while not raising the amount of fees students pay, she said.
Student Health and Counseling: $4,678,571
New Mexico Union: $2,358,960
IT Initiatives: $1,900,000
Recreational Services: $837,704
Univ Library Acquisitions: $810,000
UNM Children’s Campus: $378,764
Center of Academic Support (CAPS): $352, 965
Student Govt. Accounting Office: $199,808
El Centro De La Raza: $174,369
UNM Public Events (Popejoy): $165,000
LGBTQ Resource Center: $136,009
Community Learning & Public Service: $112,000
Women’s Center: $107,000
American Indian Student Services: $95,750
Graduate Resource Center: $90,000
African American Student Svc AASS: $86,768
Music Bands: $73,000
Parking & Transportation: $50,000
Global Education Office: $49,116
College Assistant Migrant Program: $35,000
Career Services: $32,858
Student Activity Center: $31,120
Theater and Dance: $27,118
College Enrichment Program: $25,000
Project for NM GS of Color: $10,000
Unit- GAF/Debt/ASUNM/GPSA Fee
GPSA Graduate Scholarship Fund: $46,760
GPSA Student Research Grant: $89,134
ASUNM Accounting Office: 40,162
Debt Services — ERP Project Fee: $2,352,180
Debt Services — Facility Fee: $17,399,317
TOTAL STUDENT FEES: $37,856,550
Another category of student fees is the debt service fee, which goes to fund University capital projects, she said.
“Things like Johnson Center, Anderson. And that fee increases based on the number of projects,” Brennan said. “Right now the University is doing a lot of projects, so that fee is increasing this year.”
There are also the ASUNM and GPSA fees, she said.
“That goes to fund student organizations,” Brennan said. “That amount stays exactly the same every year, there’s no increase in that amount.”
Refer to the info-box to see how student fee funds break down.
Kelly Urvanejo is a news reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Kelly_Urvanejo.