Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) Fee

An Instructionally Related Activity (IRA) is defined as, "activities and laboratory experiences that are partially sponsored by an academic discipline or department and which are, in the judgment of the President, integrally related to the function of instructional offerings." Current IRA fees can be found here.

The Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) is charged with evaluating student fees and making recommendations to the University President while ensuring that student fee uses are in the best interests of students and in compliance with all existing policies and guidelines. 

The SFAC is comprised of:

  • Associated Students President (or designee)
  • Associated Students Vice President of Finance (or designee)
  • Associated Students Executive Vice President (or designee)
  • Two students at large
  • Vice President for Student Affairs (or designee)
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost (or designee)
  • Vice President for Administration and Finance (or designee)
  • Chair of the Faculty (or designee)

Ed Code 89230 defines “IRA”

Superseded by EO 1102

Funding Criteria

Before recommending support from the President, the Student Fee Advisory Committee determines a program’s eligibility in accordance with the following criteria:

A. Intercollegiate Athletics
Costs necessary for a basic competitive program including equipment, supplies, and scheduled travel not now provided by the State. Athletic grants are not included.
B. Radio, Television, and Film
Costs related to the provision of basic “hands-on” experiences not now provided by the State. Purchase/rental of film as instructional aids is not included.
C. Music and Dance Performances
Costs to provide experience in individual and group performance (including recitals) before audiences and in settings sufficiently varied to familiarize students with performing.
D. Drama and Musical Productions
Basic support of theatrical and operatic activities sufficient to permit experience with performance, production, set design, and other elements considered a part of professional training in these fields.
E. Art Exhibits
Support for student art shows given in connection with degree programs.
F. Publications
Costs to support and operate basic publication programs including a periodic newspaper and other laboratory experience related to journalism and literary training. Publications designed primarily to inform or entertain are not included.
G. Forensics
Activities designed to provide experience in debate, public speaking, and related programs including travel required for a competitive debate program.
H. Other Activities
Activities associated with other instructional areas which are consistent with purposes included in the above may be added as identified and approved by the campus President.
I. Other Programs and Considerations
A program that does not meet one of the established categories (A – H above)  may be considered an IRA if the program is a primary component of a class in which residential academic credit is earned and is closely related to and/or in support of the classroom study of students.Funding Criteria

Types of IRA Programs