Where do my tuition dollars go?
How is tuition distributed?
This is a typical question of a normal college student. Some would say that tuition pays for the bus pass. That is incorrect. Segregated fees, which are separate from tuition, pays for the bus passes. Tuition pays for your academic experience which includes courses, instruction, academic support, and administrative services of academic departments and programs. Each department uses different amounts of tuition dollars to fund these areas.
Tuition dollars are housed in a fund called the 101 fund. This fund is mainly made up of tuition dollars and state tax dollars (GPR). These two cannot be separated. Every year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison makes public their numbers on planned expenditures for each academic year. This means that the university must have planned and approved where money will go by the UW Board of Regents.
How is tuition actually spent?
How can I learn more?
Planned expenditures do not accurately show how tuition is really spent. This is because certain circumstances arise when money is actually spent. Money from the 101 fund may be used more in certain areas and less in others. However, we now have access to the actual expenditures for the 2016 fiscal year. The pie chart indicates a breakdown as to what GPR and tuition funded the most of - which is instruction.
The detailed 2016 expenditures show by each division, department, and sub department how money from the 101 fund was spent, indicated by organization description. For example, in division 01, department 10, sub department 10, first organization description we see “University Admin*Chan OFC” indicating the Chancellor’s Office. A number total is then given under each category. In the case of our example, the Chancellor’s Office only uses fund 101 money for institutional support. Grand totals are given on the far right and each division includes a total within it’s own line item as well. The information from each division has be culminated and can be easily assessed in the 2016 Expenditures Program Summary.
The shared governance budget committee is working hard to ensure that individuals have access to more transparent data of how the university operates its budget. For more information, contact your undergraduate or graduate representative on the shared governance budget committee.