Student Life Fee
The Student Life Fee (SLF) was added into all students' tuition in FY03. The fee was implemented to help support student activities, DAPER/Z Center, mental health, and other initiatives and programs.
According to Student Financial Services (http://web.mit.edu/sfs/faq/):
"This fee charged to all students helps fund activities devoted exclusively to enhancing the quality of student life, including student groups, activities and organizations, club sports, and the operations of the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center."
The SLF was increased in 2015. The increase was presented to UA Council on November 16, 2015, available here.
Student Life Fee Breakdown
Here are some documents that will show you how the student life fee has changed over the years:
Some interesting notes for your information:
- Class Council allocations from the SLF have not changed since the fee was implemneted
- Junior Class Council supplements its budget with Ring Delivery
- Senior Class Council gets its entire budget from Fall Career Fair
- Spring Weekend allocations from the SLF have not changed since the fee was implemented
- Fall Festival had a $20k budget increase once between FY07-FY08
- MIT Medical/Mental Health allocations from the SLF have not changed since the fee was implemented
- LEF/ARCADE allocations from the SLF have not changed since the fee was implemented
- ARCADE gets $50k from the student life fee and $25k from the ODGE
- About 1/3 of the UA budget is derived from the fee; the other 2/3 comes from the General Institute Budget (and small amounts come from other organizations like the Princeton Review and Kaplan Test Prep)