Introduction to the Student Activities Fee

In 1946, President Colgate Darden, recognizing the strong tradition of student self-­governance at the University of Virginia, delegated to Student Council the power to recognize all student organizations. In the early seventies, Council began funding student organizations that qualified for funds under the Board of Visitors’ guidelines. After a lengthy debate, the Board of Visitors’ fundable categories of organizations were first adopted in 1973. The original ten categories were expanded to thirteen and are currently at eleven.

The purpose of the Student Activity Fee (SAF) is to provide financial support for student organizations that are related to the educational purpose of the University of Virginia. As a mandatory student fee, the monies collected by the University for funding student activities are public funds that must be administered in a manner consistent with the educational purpose of the University as well as with state and federal law.

Should you have any questions regarding the procedures contained herein, please do not hesitate to contact Student Council or the VPSAO-Finance office at any time during the year. Suggestions for additions or revisions are welcome and should be directed to the Vice President for Organizations.

Information in this manual has been compiled from the Student Council Constitution and By­laws and the Board of Visitors Guidelines.

Student Council Vice President for Organizations:

Student Council Appropriations Committee:

VPSA-Finance Office: