STF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is the Student Technology Fee?

The Student Technology Fee (STF) provide funds to improve technology available for general student use. The UW Tacoma STF Committee (STFC) is a student-led committee that determines how the STFC will be spent. Its work is guided by RCW 28B.15.051 and an agreement between the Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma (ASUWT) and the Board of Regents.

Who is allowed to submit a proposal?

Current UW Tacoma facutly, staff or students can submit a proposal but must have permission from the head of the department that will host the resources being proposed.  

What does your fee buy?

The STF exists to fund supplemental technology for general student use. In accordance with state law, technology fees cannot be used to provide services or equipment that duplicate the responsibility of the UW Tacoma administration. The STF is only used to purchase tangible technology assets. The STF generally funds:

  • Computer equipment, printers, scanners, and other computer-related items
  • Audio-visual equipment and software
  • Multimedia learning materials (e.g. books on tape; DVDs, etc.)

The STF typically does NOT fund maintenance or other ongoing costs related to technology purchases unless a service contract was approved as part of the original STFC decision.

Who authorizes the tech fee?

The University of Washington, through its president and Board of Regents, and the ASUWT, through its president, have agreed that the mandatory technology fee be initially set at $120 per year ($40 per quarter) for full-time students at the Tacoma campus and that the committee will assess the amount of the fee regularly. They have also agreed that STFC will approve the annual expenditure plan on a fiscal period from July 1 through June 30 of the following year; that the period from November 1 to February 1 is the only period in which the student government association can exercise the annual statutory prerogative to eliminate or reduce the fee by majority vote; and that the UW STFC will coordinate with the STF Uniform Access Committee for the funding of uniform access services.