Office of the Provost

[Student Information]

Student Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC)

Note: In 2020-2021, the Provost’s office will not be convening SBAC.

We encourage undergraduate students to consider enrolling in ALA 270: Where Does the Money Go: An Inside Look at UM’s Budget, a mini-course that will be offered for one credit in the second seven weeks of Winter 2021 Term. The Course will be led by Amy Dittmar, Senior Vice Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs and Professor of Finance (Ross) & Economics (LSA), and will be taught in an online format.

If you have questions about SBAC or the new course, please contact Karen Zaruba (



The Provost established the Student Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC) in 2008 to develop a group of students who are well versed in the University’s budget and budget priorities. The SBAC learns about the university’s budget model, sources of revenue, and expenditure patterns, as weel as its efforts to contain costs and stay competitive. The committee’s advice is sought on a range of topics, and committee members may be asked to communicate with student groups to share information about university budgeting practices.

Members of the committee serve a one-year term, with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Students selected for the committee are expected to make a good-faith commitment to attend the meetings, but should not anticipate any reading or other work between meetings.

The committee will meet for 90 minutes several times each semester in the fall and winter terms at a location in the Michigan Union. A light meal is served.

Nominations to apply for membership are sought from various groups, including:

  • Central Student Government
  • Rackham Student Government
  • Council Presidents of each School and College