Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get involved with the Wellness Fund?

The Wellness Fund Advisory 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.

When and how was The Wellness Fund established?

The Wellness Fund 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 Fund 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 Fund began collecting student fees fall 2015.

Does the Wellness Fund Initiative Advisory Committee have Bylaws?

Yes! The bylaws can be viewed here.

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

The Wellness 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)

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 Fund actually receives 2/3 of the fee.

Is the Wellness Fund a revolving loan fund?

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

Will UC Berkeley always have the the Wellness Fund?

The Wellness Fund will last until Spring 2045.

How can I get involved with the Wellness Fund?

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

Who sits on the Wellness Fund Advisory Committee?

The Wellness Fund 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

Paid Staff: 

  • Wellness Fund Coordinator
  • Outreach Coordinator

What are the Wellness Fund's reporting lines?

The Wellness Fund Advisory Committee falls under the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.

Does the Wellness Fund 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 Fund?

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

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

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

How much funding does the Wellness Fund award each year?

Much of the Wellness Fund 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). In addition, there is over $1 million in funds set aside for grants.

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

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

What are the requirements of a Wellness Fund grant project?

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

How many projects have been funded by the Wellness Fund?

The Wellness Fund began funding projects during the school year of 2015-2016. Check out all the projects we have funded since then here

Are Wellness Fund 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.