2021-22 Student Associate Budget Review
As the 72nd term of Student Associates draws to a close, The Daily Nexus has compiled a review of Student Associate budget and financial expenditure data for the 2021-22 school year.
As the largest nonprofit in Santa Barbara, Associated Students (AS) was responsible for revenue of $13,689,460.91, according to the Senate. budget. Summer is given a separate allocation of $1,428,967.25.
The budget funds the functions of all Senate and Executive Branch offices as well as various boards, committees, commissions, and other entities that support student life on campus. The AS budget encompasses fees paid by all UC Santa Barbara students in their tuition, some of which are chosen by the student body as blocking fees.
The 2021-2022 budget was approved by the 72nd Senate on April 28, 2021, and the 73rd Senate – which will be elected this month – will approve the 2022-23 AS budget.
The third highest source of revenue for the 2021-22 AS Senate is the Suspense Account with $836,371, which is the “remaining balance at year-end” of the 71st AS Budget, according to AS Financial policy.
Recreational Sports — which provide “programs, services and facilities [to] promote an active and balanced lifestyle,” according to their website – were UCSB’s second highest blocking fees, with a total of $866,214.25 per year and $13.07 per student per term.
Campus Learning Assistive Services, which provides free tutoring to students in a variety of subjects, received $472,540.75 per year and required a quarterly payment of $7.13.
This year, UCSB’s cash desk and box office received the largest allocation of AS funding, along with UCSB student radio organization KCSB and the Black Womyn’s Health Collaborative – a space for black women and non -men – coming second and third respectively.
A version of this article appeared on p. 7 of the April 7 print edition of the Daily Nexus.