Fee-Funded Organizations (Tier III)

Tier III Student Organizations

The University’s Tier III Organizations are the most visible, complex and active student organizations on campus. Student fees are a primary source for the funding of these organizations.

Tier III Student Organizations represent major constituencies of the student body. The student leaders have significant responsibility for the management of their groups, the students they represent, and effective stewardship of the funds that come from their constituencies.

General Characteristics of Tier III Student Organizations

While each Tier III Student Organization is unique, there are a few common characteristics of these organizations. They include:

  • Organizations that are financially supported by student fees
  • High visibility on campus
  • High accountability to a large constituency of students
  • Moderate to high risk activities
  • Regular interaction with University staff
  • Reliance on the University for funding, financial support, facilities and event planning support

These groups include:

  • The Daily Campus (campus newspaper)
  • Graduate Student Senate (GSS)
  • Nutmeg Yearbook
  • Student Union Board of Governors (SUBOG)
  • UConn Public Interest Research Group (UConn PIRG)
  • UCTV (campus TV station)
  • Undergraduate Student Government (USG)
  • WHUS (campus radio station)

Where do the funds for these groups come from?

The primary sources of funding for these groups are fees paid by full-time Storrs undergraduate students. (Graduate students in the case of GSS and students living in residence halls in the case of Residence Hall Association). For more information, visit the Bursar’s website and see the student fee bill.

How are the funds for these groups managed?

The Department of Student Activities created the Policies and Procedures for Tier III Organizations. In addition, the Student Activity and Service Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) reviews these (and other organizations’) fees on an annual basis.

Student Activity and Service Fee Advisory Committee

Student Activity and Service Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) was established during the fall of 2002 and is charged with reviewing fees on an annual basis to assure transparency, compliance, and student involvement. The creation, change, or elimination of these student fees are regulated by guidelines adopted and revised by the SFAC in 2005. The committee includes as much student input as possible during all of the processes. Visit the SFAC page for more information: SFAC Website.

The SFAC makes recommendations to the Provost regarding student fees for the following fees/organizations:

Student Activity Fees Support the Following Organizations:

Storrs Campus Organizations:

  • The Daily Campus
  • Graduate Student Senate
  • Nutmeg Yearbook
  • UCTV
  • UConn PIRG
  • Undergraduate Student Senate
  • WHUS Radio

Other Campus Organizations:

  • Hartford PIRG
  • Hartford Student Government
  • Stamford Student Government
  • Waterbury Student Government
  • Torrington Student Government
  • Avery Point Student Government
  • School of Law
  • School of Social Work

For more information, visit the SFAC Website.

Advisement and Support of Tier III Organizations

The student leaders of these organizations take part in several leadership enhancement experiences that are immersive, comprehensive and substantive.
Click here to learn more about the Triad Leadership Program.

How does a group become a Tier III Student Organization?

It is extremely rare for a new Tier III Student Organization to be created. Similarly, it is unlikely that a Tier I or Tier II group could become a Tier III. Since student fees are associated with Tier III Student Organizations, a group must apply for a fee through the SFAC. This process is extensive, as adding fees to the cost of a UConn education is serious business. Student fee-funded activities at the University are generally student run endeavors that address the needs of major constituencies on campus, and groups that have immediate tangible benefits to the student population that could not otherwise be achieved due to the high infrastructure costs of the activities. The process is described here.

Creating, changing, or eliminating Tier III Student Organizations

The creation, change, or elimination of these student fees is regulated by guidelines adopted by the SFAC. The committee includes as much student input as possible during all of the processes. Read the SFAC guidelines here.


Learn more about the Tier III Organizations by clicking on any of the following links. General information, including: governing documents, contact information, meeting minutes, and financial reports can be found as well: