Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee

Student Activity Fee and SAF Allocation Committee

Funds from the Student Activity Fee (SAF) is available to organizations such as Campus Activities Board, Student Government, Campus Recreation, recognized student organizations and HPU departments to support student initiatives, activities, services, and resources that enhance the student experience at HPU. If you have additional questions, contact Student Life via phone at 808-544-0277 or send an email to safac@hpu.edu. You may also contact your Student Government Association via phone at 808-544-1403, stop by the SGA office in MP 139, or email your student representatives at sga@my.hpu.edu. We want students to take advantage of the many opportunities that will be available at HPU because of the Student Activity Fee. We encourage you to participate and be involved!

*Attention online students who reside off-island: You may be eligible to waive your Student Activity Fee if you meet the criteria. Submit your SAFAC Waiver Form for consideration each semester (fall and spring). The deadline to apply is the last day for Late Registration/Late Add.

Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Funding Request Deadlines and Training Dates

SAFAC will continue to meet and allocate funds as long as there is funding available during the semester. Request for funds will be due by 5pm on the following dates below. Complete the appropriate form, print and submit to the Student Life office in MP 105. The SAFAC Chair (or a SAFAC member) will send a confirmation email message to the student name on file that the application was received. To see a completed sample form, click here.

  • Fall 2014 Round 1: April 28, 2014
  • Spring 2014 Round 1: November 15, 2013
  • Spring 2014 Round 2: January 31, 2014
  • Spring 2014 Round 3: February 14, 2014
  • Spring 2014 Round 4: March 10, 2014
  • Spring 2014 Round 5: March 31, 2014
  • Fall 2013 Round 1: Friday, September 27, 2013
  • Fall 2013 Round 2: Friday, October 4, 2013

SAFAC will also hold sessions on how to submit a request and address questions related to the SAFAC Handbook. You are invited to attend a meeting that will be held on:

  • Friday, February 7, 10am-12pm, AC 240 (Hawaii Loa Campus)
  • Thursday, November 7, 11am-12pm, AC Lanai (Hawaii Loa Campus)
  • Wednesday, November 6, 10am-11am, MP 139-SGA/CAB Office (Downtown Campus)
  • Tuesday, October 29, 11am-12pm, MP 139-SGA/CAB Office (Downtown Campus)
  • Monday, September 23, 12pm-1pm, AC Lanai (Hawaii Loa Campus)
  • Friday, September 20, 12pm-1pm, MP 105 (Student Life Conference Room on the Downtown Campus)

SAFAC Allocations and Minutes

  • Fall 2013: SAFAC approved the allocation of funds to a variety of organizations. For details, click here.
  • Mid-Year Summary Report: For details, click here.
  • Spring 2014: SAFAC approved the allocations of funds to a variety of organizations. For details, click here.

SAFAC Minutes:

SAFAC and Committee Members (Academic Year 2013-2014)

The Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC), which is a university committee made up of students, faculty, and staff, reviews proposals, allocate funds, and ensure SAF funds are used to benefit students and positively impact the community.

  • SGA President: Miina Huotari
  • SGA Senate Student Appointees: Mick LaGassey, Alexa Lancendorfer and Shawn Saito (Chair of SAFAC)
  • Faculty Representative: Dr. Christian Gloria
  • Staff Representative: Trevor LaClair
  • Dean of Students: Marites McKee

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Student Activity Fee (SAF)?

Why does HPU now have a Student Activity Fee, when we never had one since HPU opened?

When will the SAF begin?

How much money do I pay for the Student Activity Fee per fall and spring semesters?

Who pays the Student Activity Fee?

How much money does the SAF bring in?

What is the money generated from the SAF used for?

What types of events are sponsored by the SAF?

How can I be involved in deciding which events are brought to campus?

How do student organizations benefit from the Student Activity Fee?

When can registered student organizations and HPU departments start requesting funds?

Who decides how the Student Activity Fee is allocated?

How can I find out about Student Activity Fee funded events?

If I have questions about the SAF, whom may I contact?


What is the Student Activity Fee (SAF)?

It is a non-refundable fee charged to main campuses undergraduate and graduate students each semester. The fee is used to fund major campus events planned by the Campus Activities Board, recognized student organizations, Student Government Association, and departments who reach out to the entire student body. (back to top)

Why does HPU now have a Student Activity Fee, when we never had one since HPU opened?

Student Government Association (SGA) strives to improve your student experience and increase involvement opportunities at HPU. Based on survey conducted in the fall of 2012, a majority of the students felt HPU needed more student activities (e.g. events, leadership opportunities, service learning projects, etc.) and were willing to dedicate a fee towards making these things happen. As a result of our findings and students’ input, we felt that a Student Activity Fee would aid towards enhancing our co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences. (back to top)

When will the SAF begin?

The Student Activity Fee will be assessed starting fall 2013 semester. (back to top)

How much money do I pay for the Student Activity Fee per fall and spring semesters?

Is a non-refundable fee that is assessed to the students noted below:

Status Amount Per Semester

Full-time undergraduate           

$50.00
Part-time undergraduate  
$25.00
Full-time graduate 
$25.00
Part-time graduate
$13.00

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Who pays the Student Activity Fee?

The fee is charged to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the fall and spring semesters. Students only taking online courses who reside off-island may submit a Waiver Form for consideration. Forms are due the Last day for Late Registration/Late Add. (back to top)

How much money does the SAF bring in?

Total funds will depend on student enrollment each semester.(back to top)

What is the money generated from the SAF used for?

The funds will be allocated to the following areas (the proposed percentages below are subject to changes):

Campus Activities Board (CAB)                                                                                                55%

CAB is a student-run and SAF funded organization that strives to enhance the student experience through quality entertainment, creative programming, and community involvement. The SAF funds will be used to operate the organization and support CAB sponsored student initiatives.

Recognized Student Organizations and Departments                                                        32%

Recognized student organizations (including Registered Student Organizations, honor societies, recreational and sports clubs, and other departmental recognized student groups) will receive priority for SAF funds. Student organizations may also receive start-up funds from SAFAC each academic year. HPU departments that host programs that directly affect the student body may submit Funding Requests for activities, programs, resources, services, and events to SAFAC for review. 

Student Government Association (SGA)                                                                                   8%

SGA is the student governing body at HPU. The SAF funds will be used to operate the organization and support SGA sponsored student initiatives.

Campus Recreation                                                                                                                          2.5%

Campus Recreation provides recreational and intramural programs throughout the academic year. The SAF funds will aid towards supporting such initiatives.

Reserve Fund                                                                                                                                     2.5%

Reserve funding is a pre-determined amount allotted for unforeseen circumstances such as an unusually low enrollment year. If the reserve fund reaches $5,000.00 or more, SAFAC shall open the reserve fund for recognized student organizations submit Funding Requests. SAFAC will be responsible for alerting all concerned parties regarding the opening of the fund and the reserve application process.

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What types of events are sponsored by the SAF?

The fee may fund various curricular and co-curricular initiatives including, but not limited to concerts, lectures, speakers, pep rallies, comedy shows, movies, educational programs, and special events.(back to top)

How can I be involved in deciding which events are brought to campus?

Email CAB@my.hpu.edu to provide a suggestion. You can also join CAB and have your voice heard or give current members your ideas! CAB is the Campus Activities Board, which will receive the largest portion of the fee to plan campus events. CAB is always looking for energetic students to help brainstorm ideas of what performers and events to bring to campus. New members are selected at the end of each spring semester. Go to http://www.hpu.edu/SGA/Campus_Activities_Board/index.html for more information about the membership process. (back to top)


How do student organizations benefit from the Student Activity Fee?

Recognized student organizations may ask for additional funds to support their events and activities during the academic year. (back to top)

When can Registered Student Organizations and HPU departments start requesting funds?

Specific dates have not been determined. SAFAC will offer workshops on how to submit funding requests in September. In the meantime, review the online forms, meet with your fellow student leaders, and start working on your proposals. Updates will be posted on this webpage. (back to top)

Who decides how the Student Activity Fee is allocated?

Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee (SAFAC), which is a university committee made up of students, faculty, and staff, will follow policies and procedures established to ensure SAF funds are used to benefit students and the community. SAFAC will review proposals, allocate the SAF funds, and gather information on how funds were used to achieve program and learning outcomes. SAF and SAFAC reports will then be posted by the end of each semester. (back to top)

How can I find out about Student Activity Fee funded events?

There will be a variety of ways you will know your SAF are being used. Organizations will note in their marketing materials that SAF was used; SAFAC will promote online the activities that were sponsored; and you can sign up with CAB to hear about their programs and events. To learn about upcoming campus events sponsored by the HPU Campus Activities Board (CAB) and release dates for the tickets to those events, email CAB@my.hpu.edu. (back to top)

If I have questions about the SAF, whom may I contact?

Contact the Center for Student Life and First-Year Programs via phone at 808-544-0277 or email at safac@hpu.edu.  In addition, you may contact your Student Government Association via phone at 808-544-1403, stop by the SGA office in MP 139, or email your student representatives at sga@my.hpu.edu. (back to top)