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HPU student activity fees available for clubs and student organizations

    By Rhema Kashida. February 16, 2017 - 3:27 pm

Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) students are paying up to $100 per year for funds that they may not see. The student activity fee that HPU students pay each semester is used to fund events planned by student clubs and organizations. Each full-time undergraduate student pays a non-refundable $50 Student Activity Fee (SAF) per semester, while part-time undergraduate and full-time graduate students pays $25 per semester.

According to the hpu.edu website, the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC) allocates the money generated from the SAF towards the following areas: 50 percent Campus Activities Board, 30 percent to recognized student organizations and departments, 8 percent to the Student Government Association, 9 percent to campus recreation, 2.5 percent to a reserve fund, and 0.5 percent to the SAFAC committee.

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SAFAC received more than $66,000 in tha fall of 2016. Of that amount, almost $29,000 was given to organizations such as Campus Activities Board, Student Government Association, and Campus recreation.

“Students should join the various departments and clubs or participate in the events and activities” said Assistant Director of Student Activities Chez Neilson when asked how to best take advantage of SAFAC funding.

For example, during the student “Welcome Back Luau” event SAF covered most of the $115 per person charge where students only had to pay $20 to attend their events. “ If a student is associated with an HPU club, event, or organization they could help with the event or submit a SAFAC request form,” further explained Neilson.

After being informed about SAFAC’s benefits, HPU student Dani Iwani was glad to know that she could have access those funds as she said, “If I ever wanted to throw an event for my basketball team or class, I would know where I could get it funded.”

Some advice that Neilson had for filling out the SAFAC request forms were to read the form carefully and to put specific, meaningful things in the student learning outcomes section of the SAFAC request form. “I always hope that it is a jumping point for whatever activity you are doing to really think ‘Oh, I’m doing more than I actually thought about!’” Neilson added, that the SAFAC committee is understanding and is enthusiastically willing to assist students in properly filling out the forms and walk through the steps.

Information on SAFAC and the SAFAC funding request form can be found on the HPU website.  Having a wide variety of clubs and organizations in HPU means that students can find a group of people that have similar interests and entrepreneurial goals. Utilizing these funds to the student’s advantage helps to achieve the objectives that may seem unaffordable.

3 Responses to HPU student activity fees available for clubs and student organizations

  1. James Cavin

    February 17, 2017 at 1:12 am

    It is great to see this information getting out more. I wrote this legislation and policy to take the stress off our fellow students, when it came to planning events, but also to create a oversight committee that offered checks and balances. More importanctly a committee that created a leadership platform for Administration and students to work together.

    Before SAF and SAFAC HPU events were something you would see in a community college where you paid $36 a credit. Always low attendance and honestly a joke to students.

    The design and intent of SAFAC is not just to assist organizations, but professors and students who have an idea that would beinift the entire student body or large portions of it. This is a pot of money that cannot be touched by the University and is completely controlled by the student body.

    Nothing better than building the quality of life and morale of our fellow HPU students.

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    James Cavin, Class of 2013

    SAF/SAFAC was created in Social Statistics and turned into legislation/policy in 2012.

  2. Carlos

    February 27, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    This week, the Student Senate will be discussing ways to make these funds easier to access for the student body and clubs. We have heard concerns from students that the process to use these funds is too cumbersome.

    This discussion will take place on Friday, March 3, 2017 in MP 246 of the Downtown Campus. Students are encouraged to attend and provide input during the open comment session of the meeting.

  3. Rhema Kishida

    April 27, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Students should continue to take advantage of SAF funded events, activities, and opportunities.

    I hope that a solution can be formulated addressing the concerns of the “cumbersome” process (“rebellions are built on hope”). After applying for event funding and receiving an expeditious approval by the SAF Allocation Committee, I have come to learn that the procedure to actually receive & utilize the funding is quite troublesome. Although responsiveness had been very prompt, it seemed that the more information and transparency that was provided, the more work was given and questions were asked.

    It is sad that many students who are graduating this semester may never have an opportunity to utilize these fees that they have been paying for over the last few semesters.

    The funds have been accumulating over the last few semesters and rolling over into the next. The issue was often not the requests being denied, but rather the tedious process to actually receive the funding after the SAFAC form had been approved. A “hoard” perception could have been drawn on the unspent allocation amount should it continue to increase and roll over without being used.

    Note to students who are seeking SAF funding: Apply early (SAFAC is quick, but generous amounts of time should be allotted for the steps after approval), print multiple blank copies of ARF forms, have backup funding resolutions for when things get at smooth as a Chevy Impala on a dirtbike trail, and keep persisting (eventually you’ll get it down).

    Sincere thanks to the SAF allocation committee for your dedication, hard work, and solid customer service skills, as well as SGA/Student Senate for trying to find solutions to the issues on the matter. I wish I could have made that March 3rd discussion.