Each year, in addition to tuition and living expenses, students
pay $418.20 in student fees.
This student fee money, totaling over $16 million, is allocated
by the Student Fee Review Board, an entity chaired by the
Associated Students of CSU vice president and those members who
apply to sit on the board through ASCSU, according to
“They accept proposals from (entities) that are receiving fees,
for increases, decreases or whatever,” said Linda Kuk, CSU vice
president for student affairs.
The Student Review Board has a set of guidelines that it uses in
determining whether it will recommend a change to Kuk, who then
recommends the changes to the president of the Board of Governors
who makes a final decision, Kuk said.
Almost $1 million is currently allocated to ASCSU.
Thomas Glenn, ASCSU director of finance, said approximately
$550,000 of the money allocated to ASCSU is paid to the City of
Fort Collins for student bus passes, $166,000 is given to the
Association for Student Activity Programming and another $140,000
is distributed by the ASCSU Funding Board, which helps fund student
What remains, $65,854, composes ASCSU’s executive budget, not
Almost $39,000 constitutes payroll for the executive branch. The
president gets paid $7,500 a year, followed by the vice president
at $6,500, the director of finance at $4,200 and all other
directors receiving $2,300.
ASCSU’s Webmaster is also paid a salary of $1,000.
“With those paid positions go a much higher number of hours, a
bigger commitment,” said Jesse Lauchner, ASCSU president.
Senators, justices and assistant directors are not paid.
Almost $5,000 funds the retreats ASCSU members participate in
throughout the year.
“It’s kind of a time when everyone’s there, so we break down
into departments, that’s really their only time to work,” Lauchner
said. “Schedules vary and that’s their time to work together.”
The largest amount of money allocated for one particular use in
the ASCSU executive budget is marketing, which constitutes $20,000.
This money is used to buy advertisement and inform students of
events, Lauchner said.
There is $2,000 allocated in ASCSU’s budget for travel expenses.
Lauchner, Katie Clausen, ASCSU vice president, and Ben Goldstein,
ASCSU director of student services, used $885.71 of that last
summer to visit Texas A&M University. The visited was made to
learn about Texas’s designated driving program, which inspired
RamRide at CSU.
“We had to come back and be able to present the clearest picture
of the program possible,” Lauchner said. “There was no way it would
happen if we stayed around campus. Ben (Goldstein) started out last
summer (making phone calls) and it just wasn’t sufficient.”
Even though ASCSU assigns members to the board that makes
allocation recommendations to the Board of the Governors, Kuk says
she is confident they make the right decisions.
“I can assure you that in the three years that I have gone
through this process with the students I have never not accepted
their recommendation,” Kuk said. “Their reasoning is very thorough
and very rational.”
She said there is no evidence of a conflict of interest.
“In the last three years, (ASCSU) has not requested a single
extra cent,” Kuk said. “They have been very conscientious of
maintaining the integrity of the process.”