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Mandatory Student Activity Fee pays for HPU student events

    By Kara Jernigan. November 20, 2013 - 11:25 am


This fall semester saw the first semester of the obligatory Student Activity Fee (SAF). You may not have realized you paid it because it is listed on the same bill as tuition and technology fee, another unavoidable payment.

This non-refundable fee goes directly towards student activities, such as Turn Up the Terror, a Campus Activities Board (CAB) Halloween event. The upcoming HPU showing of “The Hunger Games” will also be paid with money from the SAF.

“We are trying to help you guys to have fun during school year,” said Doo Young Ra, a member of CAB. “[We] try to come up with good ideas for all of you.”

Student initiative projects such as concerts, lectures, service learning projects and other special events are planned with SAF money by CAB, SGA, and other student organizations.

Full-time undergraduates pay $50 per semester, while full time grad students only pay $25. There is a fee waiver form that can be submitted by students who only take classes online and reside off-island. Otherwise, part-time undergrads are charges $25 per semester and part-time graduates are charges $13.

The collected funds are distributed by the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee, which is made up of HPU students, faculty, and staff. It is their job to make sure the funds are used to benefit all students.

Student Life is hoping that this will encourage students to participate and be more  involved in HPU activities.

Organizations note on their marketing materials when SAF funds are being used. The SAF committee will also promote sponsored activities online. Events held off campus often provide transportation from campus to and from the event.

All the SAF events are announced through Pipeline email and on the Pipeline announcements.

Upcoming events are also listed on the Campus Activities Board website (

“CAB is trying to come up with fresh, unique, and interesting ideas for HPU students and we need your help,” said Doo Young Ra. “If you have any good ideas or any interesting activities that you can think of, please share it with us! You can always come to our meetings or email CAB to share your idea anytime you want.”

To contact CAB, email

If you have any questions, please contact Student Life at 808-544-0277 or email The Student Government Association is also available to answer questions at 808-544-1403 or