Student Initiated Fee (SIF)

Enhancing the Student Experience

Each semester, all registered students at Penn State Brandywine are required to pay a Student Initiated Fee (SIF), sometimes known as a student activity fee. The purpose of the SIF is to provide funds to improve the co-curricular environment for students.

The primary goals for the SIF include:

  • Enhancing the "collegiate" environment by improving the co-curricular opportunities and activities
  • Improving student activities designated to increase student satisfaction and retention
  • Assisting in providing specialized services and programs for diverse populations on a student needs basis.
  • Enriching the campus environment and encouraging the involvement of students, thereby promoting academic achievement and the development of student potential.

The use of SIF money is determined by the Penn State Brandywine Campus Allocation Committee (CAC)/Commonwealth Facilities Allocation Committee (CFAC). This committee holds the responsibility of creating the annual spending plan and allocating all student initiated fee monies collected in a manner consistent with the purposes and process of this fee. The committee meets regularly throughout the fall, spring, and summer semesters to review spending proposals from other students and student organizations. The committee manages over $100,000 each year. To submit a funding request, please sign-in and complete the Student Initiated Fee (SIF) Funding Request application.

The CAC/CFAC  is comprised of seven (7) students representative of the campus student population, one of whom is the Student Government Association (SGA) President; two staff members, one of whom is the Director of Student Affairs, and one faculty member. Nominations for student representatives are sought at the start of each academic year.

Examples of items that have used SIF funds on campus are:

  • campus cultural activities such as Multicultural Day, Chinese New Year, Hanukkah Luncheon
  • support for club sports including Ice Hockey, Martial Arts, Cheerleading, and Volleyball
  • the replacement of equipment and renovation of the Fitness Center
  • travel support for student clubs such as the Lion Ambassadors and Black Student League to attend conferences
  • campus events and programs such as the Welcome Back Picnic, Eagles Pep Rally, and Fireside Music Series

The SIF meetings for the Spring 2024 semester and deadline are below:

Meeting Dates Proposal Submission Deadline
Thursday, January 25, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Vairo Building 111 Friday, January 19, 5 p.m.
Thursday, February 15, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Main Building 101 Friday, February 9, 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Main Building 101 Friday, March 8, 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 18, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Main Building 101
Lump sum requests for the 2024-2025 will be considered during this meeting.
Friday, April 12, 5 p.m.