The Student Activities & Resource Fee (SARF)

The Student Activities & Resource Fee (SARF) is a $20 fee per semester for each student, and was voted in by the student body during the 2017-2018 school year.

The Student SARF Committee consists of students representing a diversity of campus constituents and is charged with designing and implementing a process for distributing SARF funds in a way that maximizes student impact. This student committee will be review funding requests and makes final decisions.

Current committee membership includes representation from: ASPLU, Diversity Advocates, Residence Hall Association, Resident Assistants, Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), Student Media, and The Umbrella Group (of performing arts clubs).

Transparency: Fees Collected & Project Funding

The information listed below is provided for accountability purposes and as a prompt for new ideas. Please direct questions seeking additional information to engage@plu.edu.

2019-2020

  • Total Fees Collected: $102,740
  • Funds Allocated:
    • Decision was made to fund $75,000 for Rieke Lobby Renovation
  • End of Year Available Balance: $27,740

2020-2021

  • Total Fees Collected: $95,940
  • Funds Allocated:
    • A total of $5,301 was allocated to nine different student organizations and academic programs for pandemic Commencement celebrations
  • End of Year Available Balance: $118,379

2021-2022

  • Total Fees Collected (Fall Semester Only): $46,620
  • Funds Allocated:
    • $8,220 was allocated to hire additional student Lute Welcome Orientation JAM Guides
    • $6,189 was allocated to eliminate debt incurred by previous iterations of 23 student Clubs that was inhibiting these Clubs from reforming and/or attracting new members
    • $13,500 has been allocated to 54 student Clubs as of November 19, 2021 in support of Club start up and operating expenses
    • $1,999 was allocated to support the installation of a water bottle refilling station/drinking fountain in the Columbia Center
    • $239 was allocated for purchase of equipment by Cutter’s Cubing Club
    • $226 was allocated to support a campus Health & Fitness Promotion program developed and implemented by a Kinesiology class
  • End of Year Available Balance: $16,247

Funding Request Process

Students voted to require themselves and future students to pay this fee as a means of supporting activities and resources benefiting students. A student committee will review requests and make decisions using the criteria listed below in order to maximize the positive impact for students.

  • Scope of impact on the student body
    • Number and diversity of students directly and indirectly impacted
    • Duration of impact on students
    • Plan for actively sharing information/opportunities with student body (advertising and reporting)
  • Scope of request
    • Larger requests will be expected to demonstrate broader student impact
  • Alignment with the mission of PLU and/or the University values of Diversity, social Justice, and Sustainability
  • Level of student engagement in the request process
    • Collaboration among Clubs and Organizations
    • Methods for determining student need/desire for request
  • Access to other funding sources
  • History of previous SARF awards
    • A demonstrated ongoing need may be funded on an ongoing basis
    • It is important that SARF funds are distributed in a manner that reaches a variety of students

  • Travel fees (including carbon offsetting measures) for service, professional, and academic trips that are not part of Study Away
  • Conference or event fees associated with conference attendance
  • Publicity and Advertisement
  • Funds needed for any on-campus events open to all PLU students
  • Documentaries, Films, or Performances
  • Speakers or educational events related to student programming
  • Membership for a club to an external professional organization
  • Fundraising events
  • Student employment / pay hours for special projects
  • Physical campus improvements that will positively impact students
  • Purchase of equipment and/or resources to benefit students
  • Reimbursement for programs that have already occurred will be considered on a case-by-case basis

  • Personal Expenses
  • Charity Events
  • Funding to attend events that directly or indirectly support a political party or candidate
  • Funding to support activities or events that in any way
    • Violate campus policy
    • Violate federal and local laws to which PLU is subject
    • Are counter to University mission and values

How and when an application for funding is reviewed is determined by the amount being requested and when the completed application is received. Applications received during the last two weeks of a semester or academic break periods may not be considered until the next academic term begins. An interview with the Committee may be requested.

Ongoing Basis

  • $ 1.00 – $ 249.00
    – Reviewed by 2 student committee members with one advisor
    – Maximum one/two/four week response from date completed request
  • $ 250.00 – $ 749.00
    – Reviewed by 3 student committee members with one advisor
    – Maximum two week response from date of completed request
  • $ 750.00 – $1,999.00
    – Reviewed by 4 student committee members with one advisor
    – Maximum four week response from date of completed request

Fixed Timeline

  • $2,000.00 +
    – Reviewed by full student committee (quorum is >= 75%) with one advisor one time per semester
    – Fall 2021: December 3, 2021
    – Spring 2022: February 18, 2022

Following Awarding and Use of Funds

Within 30 days of use of awarded funds, a report must be submitted to the Student SARF Committee. Aspects of this report, which will include a detailed accounting of expenditures and student impact, will be shared with the student body as a component of ongoing transparency efforts.

Click here to complete and submit a funding request to the Student SARF Committee.