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Definition of Return to Aid: The return to aid surcharge, 25% of the total fee charged, is assessed to every campus-based, student initiated, mandatory new fee and increase to an existing fee initiated 2006 or later.  The surcharge revenue that is collected from graduate students is used by the campus to cover need-based financial aid for UCSB graduate students whose financial aid awards would not otherwise cover student-imposed mandatory campus fees.  

NoteReturn to aid (RTA) applies to all fees originally passed 2006 or later; administrative assessment applies to all fees originally passed 2009 or later.  If RTA or administrative assessment is not listed, it does not apply to the fee.  

Definition of Administrative Fee: The administrative fee, 1-8% of the base fee charged (depending on year originally passed), is assessed to every campus-based, student initiated, mandatory new fee and increase to an existing fee passed 2010 or later.  The fee is used by the campus to cover the administrative costs of collecting, accounting, and disbursing the student-imposed mandatory campus fees.  The fee applies to undergraduate and graduate student fees.   

New Initiatives, Fee Increases, and Constitutional Amendments

GSA General Fee (Increase)

Do you wish to increase the GSA General fee by $6.77 per graduate student, per quarter (including summer)? This fee supports all Graduate Student Association activities including events such as Mosher time, social hours, and bagel hour as well as operations, sponsorships, and awards. ($4.75 of the increase goes to the GSA, $1.69 is for return-to-aid, and $0.33 is for administrative tax).  This fee will continue to be assessed at the original amount unless the increase is approved. 

The current GSA General Fee is $13.72 (fall, winter, spring, and summer), of which $12.67 goes to GSA and $1.05 is for return to aid. Additionally, the current $13.72 is subject to a cost of living adjustment (COLA) every three years, and is next subject to an adjustment in fall 2019.  The $6.77 fee increase will not be subject to this COLA and will remain stagnant. 

If the increase passes, the GSA General Fee will become $20.49, of which $17.42 will go to GSA, $2.74 will be for return to aid, and $0.33 will be for administrative tax.

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The increase is necessary to support the continued programming and operations of the GSA including bagel hours, Mosher times, social hours, and lounge events. Over the past several years, the GSA has increased the amount of events it provides and has funded this increase with previous account overages. The overage is now spent down however, and continued operations at the current level require a fee increase. Revenue is accrued to the UCSB Graduate Student Association, who assume responsibility for disbursement of funds in accordance with GSA bylaws. Policies and procedures are determined by the Graduate Student Association in accordance with existing university policies.


 
 


GSA Conference Travel Grant Fund Fee (Increase)

Do you wish to increase the GSA Conference Travel Grant fee by $3.33 per graduate student, per quarter (including summer)? This fee supports the GSA Conference Travel Grant Program. ($2.34 of the increase goes to the Travel Grant, $0.83 is for return-to-aid, and $0.16 is for administrative tax).  This fee will continue to be assessed at the original amount unless the increase is approved. If approved, the fee will be reaffirmed jointly (base fee of $4.28 plus increase of $3.33 for a total of $7.61) every four years, beginning in 2022.

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The increase is necessary to allow the GSA to give an additional 35 travel grants per quarter. Currently the GSA grants roughly forty-five $200 travel grants to graduate students each quarter, which meets less than half the demand for this grant. This increase would allow the program to meet substantially more of the demand for this grant.



Childcare Grant Fund for Graduate Students with Dependents (New Fee)

Do you approve of a $4.80 per graduate student, per quarter (including summer)mandatory fee to establish and maintain a childcare reimbursement grant fund for registered graduate students with dependents ($3.36 goes to the fund, $1.20 is for return-to-aid, and $0.24 is for administrative tax)? If passed, the fee would begin fall 2018 and be subject to reaffirmation every four years, beginning in 2022.

______ Yes ______ No ______ Abstain

The fee would establish a childcare grant fund for registered UCSB graduate students with dependents. Grants are limited to one award per graduate student per quarter and students may receive a maximum of five awards during their academic tenure at UCSB.  In order to qualify, graduate students must provide proof of dependent(s) care and verification of enrollment. Revenue will be accrued to the UCSB Graduate Students' Association, who will assume responsibility for disbursement of funds to qualified graduate students. Policies and procedures governing eligibility and issuance of these grants shall be determined by the Graduate Students’ Association in accordance with existing university policies.

GSA Reaffirmations

Disabled Students Program Fee

Do you wish to continue a $1.00 per graduate student per quarter (excluding summer) mandatory fee to fund the Disabled Students Program? If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be collected until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2022.  

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Approval of the compulsory fee will guarantee continued improvement of academic support services to all eligible graduate students with disabilities. These services include: readers, note takers, sign language interpreters/transliterators, library assistance, laboratory assistance, and adaptive computing to ensure equal access to all academic support services related to the completion of graduate degrees.


 
 

Graduate Students Association Food Bank Fund

Do you wish to continue a mandatory fee, contingent upon successful reaffirmation of the AS Undergraduate Food Bank Fee Initiative, of $0.85 per graduate student, per quarter (excluding summer) to help fund the operational and food expense costs of the Associated Students Food Bank? Of the $0.85 collected, $0.60 goes to the fund, $0.21 is for return-to-aid, $0.04 is for a 7% campus-based administrative tax. If passed, the fee would continue to be collected through spring 2020 and be subject to reaffirmation in spring 2020.

_____ Yes _____ No _____ Abstain

 
 

 
 
 

MultiCultural Center (MCC) Support Fee

Do you wish to continue a mandatory fee of $8.52 ($7.06 in summer) per graduate student per quarter to support the MultiCultural Center’s (MCC) operating and programming costs, (Breakdown: fall/winter/spring: $6.83 is for the MCC, $1.69 is for return to aid; summer $5.55 is for the MCC, $1.51 is for return to aid)?  Of $5.08 of the $6.83 for the MCC ($4.55 of the $7.06 in summer), a 7% administrative assessment will be charged to all non-capital expenditures. 
If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be collected until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2022. 

_____ Yes _____ No _____ Abstain

 
 

The MCC fee helps pay for the educational and mentoring components of the MCC, maintenance of the space, and operating costs. With this fee, the MCC is able to maintain services to students, longer operating hours, and hire student employees. The fee allows the MCC to provide educational programs that advocate for equality and serve as a bridge towards creating a multicultural environment at UCSB, such as retention activities for first-generation college students and religious awareness programs.  

The MCC presents approximately 100 programs per year that include lectures, films, panel discussions, readings, art exhibits, music, dance, and dramatic performances. Events are open to the public and most require no additional fee. In addition, all MCC facilities are available to students to hold meetings, prepare food for receptions and banquets, and present programs.

 

Campus Wide REAFFIRMATIONS

Arts & Lectures (A&L) Events Fee

Do you wish to continue a mandatory fee of $5.68 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (including summer), in order to supportArts & Lectures(Breakdown: $4.26 is for A&L, $1.42 is for return to aid)?  Of the $4.26 for A&L, a 7% administrative assessment will be charged to all non-capital expenditures. The fee is in addition to the $9.41 per undergraduate and $7.56 per graduate student per quarter currently collected through other campus and student government fees to support A&L programming for a total of $15.09 per undergraduate and $13.24 per graduate student per quarter.  

 

If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be collected until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2022.

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These funds will enable A&L to continue the significant ticket discounts currently available to all UCSB students and support new technology-based services, including a mobile-based ticket platform for ticket purchases.  A&L is requesting student support in order to maintain the level of programming and student subsidies (up to 83% off of the top tier general ticket price).


 
 
 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Support Fee

Do you wish to continue a mandatory fee of $33.07 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (including summer), in order to support Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), (Breakdown: $23.60 is for CAPS, $8.26 is for return to aid, and $1.21 is for administrative assessment)?  The fee is also subject to a cost of living adjustment (COLA)* every five years and is next up for a COLA in fall 2020, then fall 2025, and so forth. 

The fee is in addition to the $2.69 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter currently collected by CAPS through other campus and student government fees to support their services, for a total of $35.76 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter.  If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be collected until subject to reaffirmation in 2022.  

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Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) supports students through the promotion of psychological well-being for individuals and the campus community. This fee allows CAPS to continue to respond to undergraduate and graduate students’ need for crisis intervention, ongoing therapy, and therapy groups. It also funds suicide prevention efforts (such as the #saysomething campaign), 24/7 phone counseling, and has allowed CAPS to provide clinicians, mental health peers and support staff to reduce wait times, and enhance linguistic and cultural diversity of the CAPS staff.   

*Fees subject to a COLA remain stagnant for five years. After five years, the rate of inflation/deflation over the previous five years is calculated and applied cumulatively to the fee. 


 
 
 

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF)

Do you wish to continue a mandatory fee of $3.47 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (including summer), in order to support The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) (Breakdown: $2.60 is for TGIF and $0.97 is for return to aid)? TGIF provides funding for projects intended to reduce the University’s impact on the environment. If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be assessed until subject to reaffirmation in spring 2022. 

 
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TGIF supports individual sustainability projects that reduce UCSB’s impact on the environment. Overseen by a student majority committee, projects are selected based on their ability to measurably reduce emissions, waste, energy, and water use on campus.  Projects involve student participation and include public outreach/education.

Since the fund began twelve years ago, TGIF has supported over 140 projects, including: hydration stations, sustainable food systems, solar projects, LED lighting, sustainable lab assessments, and student internships to support these projects. UCSB has committed to reducing its net greenhouse gas operating emissions to zero by 2025, and the projects funded by TGIF assist the campus in achieving this goal.


 
 
 

Recreational Sports Fee

Do you wish to continue a mandatory fee of $7.00 per undergraduate and graduate student per quarter (excluding summer) to fund Recreational Sports? The fee is in addition to the $97.78 per undergraduate and $59.18 per graduate student per quarter currently collected by the Department of Recreation through other campus and student government fees to support recreational programs and associated facilities, for a total of $104.78 per undergraduate and $66.18 per graduate student per quarter.  If reaffirmed, the fee will continue to be collected until subject to reaffirmation in 2022.

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The Recreational Sports Fee helps fund the operation of intramurals, club sports, adventure programs, student events, and open recreation programs. The fee reduces participation costs for all students and provides employment opportunities for over 300 students annually.