2.01.1—Establishing and Reviewing Use Charge Rates

Effective: 09/05/2006
Senate Proposal: No
Responsible University Officer: Chief Financial Officer
Responsible Office: Accounting Services

Introduction

There are five steps to developing a special fee or use charge:

  1. Develop an hourly or natural base rate.
  2. Approval by department chair/director or higher in supervisory chain of command.
  3. Approval by dean or higher in supervisory chain of command.
  4. Approval by controller.
  5. Establishment of the use charge index.

Process

  1. Complete a Special Fees and Use Charge Rate Justification and Calculation form to develop an hourly or natural base rate (such as per unit/hour/test) to be charged. The rate must be rational and justifiable.
    • When completing the form, consider the following:
    1. Extraordinary expenses may be included only if the expense is for a repair part (not an accessory) or per diem service. The expense may be incurred when needed and may be amortized over a justifiable period of time, not to exceed four years. The rate will be adjusted by the annual amount for that extraordinary expense. The use rate application must include the Amortization Schedule form. During the amortization period a negative balance may be carried forward. See Operating Procedures Manual, Section 2.12.2. Equipment Identification.
    2. All use of the equipment/service/facility must be tracked and factored into the rate calculation.
    3. The use rate equals the total costs to operate the service/instrument/laboratory divided by total hours of use. This rate will come closest to recovering the actual cost of operating the service/instrument/laboratory. A lower rate may be used, but never a higher one.
    • NOTE: Depreciation and the cost of equipment cannot be included in the rate because these items are included in the University indirect cost rate. Maintenance costs, consumable supplies, and technician time are examples of allowable costs.
  2. If a new rate is being requested attach examples of use rates at other institutions for the same or similar service/instrument/laboratory.
  3. Send the proposed rate to the department chair/director or higher in supervisory chain of command for approval.
  4. Upon approval by the department chair/director or higher in supervisory chain of command, submit to the dean or higher in supervisory chain of command for approval.
  5. Submit the proposed rate to the Use Charge Committee for review for reasonableness. The request must include the Use Rate Justification and Calculation form.
  6. The Use Charge Committee will forward the Use Rate Justification and Calculation Form to the controller for approval. The request must include detail of how the rate was developed and justification of why the use charge is needed.
  7. Upon approval by the controller, Accounting Services establishes a use charge index.
    • NOTE: All expenses related to and incorporated in the use charge rate, must be charged to the index provided by Accounting Services. Account code E446 should be used for charges to indexes and E496 should be used for credits. The financial manager of the use charge index must authorize interaccount bills. Interaccount bills should be processed on a monthly basis and include the the time period of charges, rates being charged, and the numbers of units/hours/tests.
  8. Notify the appropriate individuals of the establishment of or change to a use charge.

Forms and Instructions


Revisions

04/10/2017 Transfer of policy page from HTML to CMS. Business and Finance numbers renamed from "2.2000" to "2. Business and Finance". Specifically from "2.2001.1—Establishing and Reviewing Use Charge Rates" to "2.01.1—Establishing and Reviewing Use Charge Rates".