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Each semester, all full-time University of Tennessee, Knoxville, students pay a Student Programs and Services Fee (SPSF).


The Student Programs and Services Fee was created in accordance with the Board of Trustees’ Policy on a Student Programs and Services Fee, adopted on June 19, 2014. The SPSF replaced the former University Programs and Services Fee.

The purpose of the SPSF is to advance the university’s educational mission by funding noninstructional services, activities, programs, and facilities that promote student satisfaction and retention or promote the intellectual, physical, emotional, social, cultural, or leadership development of students.


The SPSF is controlled by the Board of Trustees, which sets the amount of the the fee annually upon the recommendation of its Finance and Administration Committee. The chancellor delegates day-to-day management of the SPSF and its expenditures to the vice chancellor for student life, who presents to the chancellor an annual program and budget that reflect the purposes of the fee. Appropriate consultation is sought with students and staff, but control of the fee is carried out by the chancellor and other administrative officials.


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