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Know Your Options: Where Will My Student Programs and Services Fee Go?

All full-time UT students pay $468 each semester for the Student Programs & Services fee (or SPSF).

The university allows students to decide where up to $19.46 of that fee goes. Students have two options:

Option 1

Option 1 (commonly referred to as “opted in”): Your $19.46 goes toward student-organized programming such as:

  • Volapalooza
  • Vol Night Long
  • Guest speakers such as Laverne Cox, Colin Jost, and Senator Scott Brown
  • Homecoming Southeastern Stomp Fest
  • Professional dance groups & cultural performances
  • Ticket subsidies for local theater performances and festivals

If you select Option 1, you get to attend these and other student-organized events for free or with discounted admission, because the fee has already covered your cost of admission.

Option 2

Option 2 (commonly referred to as “opted out”): Your $19.46 goes toward initiatives on campus other than student-organized events.

If you select Option 2, you will be charged an admission fee for student-organized events (unless the event is free of charge for all attendees) since your fee did not go toward event admission.


Make your selection each semester by logging in to my.utk.edu, going to My Services, and clicking Update Program Fee Option. You may change your option as many times as you’d like prior to the end of the first day of each semester. If no option is selected by then, Option 2 is selected for you by default.

You can view the full SPSF policy at the university’s policy on the student programs and services fee.

FAQ

A: For spring 2017, the amounts are:

  • 9 or more credit hours $19.46
  • 8 credit hours $17.36
  • 7 credit hours $15.19
  • 6 credit hours $13.02
  • 5 credit hours $10.85
  • 4 credit hours $8.68
  • 3 credit hours $6.51
  • 2 credit hours $4.34
  • 1 credit hour $2.17

Fall 2017 rates are subject to change without notice.

A: It depends. Some events are free for everyone; others are not. For example, students who choose Option 1 for spring semester go to Volapalooza for free. Students who choose Option 2 for spring semester pay the public price, which ranges from $20 to $40.

A: Yes. Graduate students must choose Option 1 or 2.

A: The events vary from year to year. However, student organizations such as the Campus Events Board and the Black Cultural Programming Committee are funded solely through the SPSF.

A: The Student Programming Allocation Committee is responsible for awarding SPSF funds to student organizations for hosting events. You can learn more about how to request funds at Student Programming Allocation Committee. Contact the Center for Student Engagement with any questions.

A: You will be asked to supply your student ID, which is encoded with your status. If you are opted out, you will be given the option to pay the public price if there is one.

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