When and how was The Wellness Initiative Fee established?

The Wellness Initiative Fee was established in 2015 thanks to a campus-wide campaign from a group of UC Berkeley students who found the need for more health and wellness services on campus. The Wellness Fee campaign team successfully put a referendum on the spring 2015 ASUC (student government) elections, and the Wellness Initiative Fee passed with 58% of votes in favor of the program. The Wellness Initiative Fee began collecting student fees fall 2015.

Does the Wellness Fee Initiative Advisory Committee have Bylaws?

Yes! The bylaws can be viewed here.

How much is the student fee that pays into the Wellness Fee?

The Wellness Initiative Fee adds an additional $54 to mandatory campus-based fees to fund a new campus-wide wellness initiative. Thus students currently pay a total of $146 which includes support for Recreational Sports.

Is the fee mandatory, opt-in, or opt-out?

The fee is mandatory. Per UC Office of the President policy on student fees, a 1/3 of each student's Wellness Fee is automatically given to student financial aid, so the Wellness Fee actually receives 2/3 of the fee.

Is the Wellness Fee a revolving loan fund?

No, the Wellness Fee does not currently provide opportunities for loans.

Will UC Berkeley always have the the Wellness Fee?

The Wellness fee will last until Spring 2045.

How can I get involved with the Wellness Fee?

The Wellness Committee is comprised of representatives that were selected by the leadership of the following organizations: ASUC, Graduate Assembly (GA), Committee on Student Fees (CSF), Rec Sports, University Health Services, Disabled Students Program (DSP) and Center for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3). To get involved, please reach out to an organization that is relevant to you.

Who selects the grant awards?

The Wellness Fee has a set amount of funding for grant awards. The Wellness Initiative Fee Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, who will then finalize decision

Who sits on the Wellness Initiative Fee Advisory Committee?

The Wellness Initiative Fee Advisory Committee has nine voting members and six non-voting members. All nine voting members are students.

Voting Members:

  • Four ASUC elected representatives

  • Four GA elected representatives

  • One Committee on Student Fees (CSF) Representative

Non-Voting Members:

  • University Health Services (UHS) Administrative Representative

  • Rec Sports Administrative Representative

  • Disabled Students Program (DSP) Administrative Representative

  • Center for Educational Equity and Excellence (CE3) Administrative Representative
What are the Wellness Fee's reporting lines?

The Wellness Fee falls under the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.

Does The Wellness Initiative Fee have any paid staff?

Yes, the Wellness Fee has two student Coordinators, the Wellness Committee Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator. You can learn more about the Coordinator positions here.

Who can apply for a grant from the Wellness Fee?

All UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty can apply for Wellness Fee grants, however every grant application must have at least one student sponsor.

When can someone apply for a grant from the Wellness Fee?

Prospective applicants can apply for Wellness Fee grants during the fall semester. More information on applying is available here.

How much funding does the Wellness Fee award each year?

Much of the wellness fee funding is dedicated to supporting Recreational Sports and new services at the Tang Center (e.g., extended hours, behavioral health integration into primary care clinics). There is slightly over $1 million in funds set aside for grants.

What types of grant projects are funded by the Wellness Fee?

The Wellness Fee categorizes its grant projects into two categories: 1) New Wellness Projects and 2) Diversity Projects

What are the requirements of a Wellness Fee grant project?

The requirements of a Wellness Fee grant project can be found here.

How many projects have been funded by the Wellness Fee?

Ten projects were funded in 2015-16.

How many funded projects have been completed?

Since 2015-2016 was the first year of the Wellness Fee, all ten projects are still currently in-progress.

How many funded projects are currently in-progress?

All ten projects are still currently in-progress.

Are Wellness Fee grant projects required to report on their progress?

Yes. Project leaders are required to submit two reports:

1) Mid-year report and

2) End-of-the-year report, stating the progress of projects.