- When and how was The Wellness Initiative Fee established?
- Does the Wellness Fee Initiative Advisory Committee have Bylaws?
- How much is the student fee that pays into the Wellness Fee?
- Is the fee mandatory, opt-in, or opt-out?
- Is the Wellness Fee a revolving loan fund?
- Will UC Berkeley always have the the Wellness Fee?
- How can I get involved with the Wellness Fee?
Funding & Grants
- Who selects the grant awards?
- Who sits on the Wellness Initiative Fee Advisory Committee?
- What are the Wellness Fee's reporting lines?
- Does The Wellness Initiative Fee have any paid staff?
- Who can apply for a grant from the Wellness Fee?
- When can someone apply for a grant from the Wellness Fee?
- How much funding does the Wellness Fee award each year?
- What types of grant projects are funded by the Wellness Fee?
- What are the requirements of a Wellness Fee grant project?
- How many projects have been funded by the Wellness Fee?
- How many funded projects have been completed?
- How many funded projects are currently in-progress?
- Are Wellness Fee grant projects required to report on their progress?
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.
The Wellness Initiative Fee adds an additional $68 to mandatory campus-based fees to fund a new campus-wide wellness initiative. Thus students currently pay a total of $160 which includes support for Recreational Sports.
(Updated August 2017)
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.
No, the Wellness Fee does not currently provide opportunities for loans.
The Wellness fee will last until Spring 2045.
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.
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
The Wellness Initiative Fee Advisory Committee has nine voting members and six non-voting members. All nine voting members are students.
Four ASUC elected representatives
Four GA elected representatives
One Committee on Student Fees (CSF) Representative
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
The Wellness Fee falls under the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.
All UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty can apply for Wellness Fee grants, however every grant application must have at least one student sponsor.
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.
The Wellness Fee categorizes its grant projects into two categories: 1) New Wellness Projects and 2) Diversity Projects
Ten projects were funded in 2015-16.
Since 2015-2016 was the first year of the Wellness Fee, all ten projects are still currently in-progress.
All ten projects are still currently in-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.