Council Purpose & Activities

Prior Years - Meeting Agendas & Supporting Documents


The purpose of the Student Budget Advisory Council is to provide an avenue for student input to the University Budget Committee on issues regarding tuition, fees, and budget priorities; to improve communication between students and the administration about issues regarding university finances and budgeting, and to provide a forum for students to raise issues and questions about the university budget.

The Council will work to:

  • Increase student engagement and input in key budget decisions such as the setting of tuition rates and policies.
  • Help with communication strategies by providing information to and soliciting from students, opinions about how the university’s finances work; how different kinds of revenues are used; and what the short- and long-term financial challenges are for the university community.
  • Improve the communication network between various student communities, OSU leadership, and the University Budget Committee so that a broader range of perspectives on issues are more widely shared and understood.

The Council will meet every two weeks during fall and winter terms, beginning the first week in October, and twice in the spring term. Meeting times will be set in consultation with members to identify a time that allows the greatest participation. Meetings will usually be for one and a half hours at a location on the Corvallis campus. 

Topics for discussion may include:

  • Tuition strategies, rates, and policies including long-term planning for tuition strategies and short-term recommendations for the next year, informed by projections for the next fiscal year, principal contributors to cost changes and revenue changes, and budget priorities.
  • Advisory Council recommendations to the University Budget Committee as part of the development of tuition and fee proposals.
  • Financial aid policies, amounts, and components.
  • Long-range budget and allocation planning, with particular reference to student concerns.
  • Long-range capital planning and maintenance, and improvement of facilities.
  • Current university actions and students’ ideas and suggestions to improve access, affordability, and success for students attending the university.
  • Ideas and suggestions to improve budget communications and knowledge among the overall student body.
  • Other topics as identified by the Council.

The first meeting of the year will include training on the university budget, with an overview of and reporting on the university budget, information on structure and function of the budget, and where to find (and how to read) various budget and financial reports.

The co-chairs of the council are invited to serve on the University Budget Committee.