Per Wisconsin State Statute 36.09(5), students shall have the primary responsibility of allocating student segregated fees. At UW-Eau Claire, those fees amount to roughly $4.2 million. A segregated fee from each student's tuition makes up the Organized Activities budget, and the finance commission's main responsibility is to determine where and how these fees are allocated. Recommendations from the finance commission go to the full Student Senate for approval.
The public is encouraged to attend the budget hearings, which typically take place in October. After hearings and deliberations (usually set for early November), the Finance Commission submits a budget bill for the Student Senate to vote on and approve in mid-February.