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

Athletics: $3,880,000

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

KUNM: $62,222

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

CASAA/COSAP: $18,945

Project for NM GS of Color: $10,000


GPSA Graduate Scholarship Fund: $46,760

GPSA Student Research Grant: $89,134

ASUNM Accounting Office: 40,162

ASUNM: $850,000

GPSA: $300,950

Debt Services — ERP Project Fee: $2,352,180

Debt Services — Facility Fee: $17,399,317


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 or on Twitter @Kelly_Urvanejo.