UW Information Technology

Letter from Interim VP and CIO Aaron Powell

Dear Colleagues:

The Technology Recharge Fee (TRF), which provides support for essential information technology services delivered by UW Information Technology (UW-IT), will remain at its current rate for Fiscal Year 2018, under a recommendation by the University’s IT Service Investment Board, and approved by the Provost. The FY 2018 TRF rates, effective July 1, will continue to be:

  • $56.13 per month per capita for all academic and administrative units
  • $51.34 per month per capita for the Medical Centers

In addition, the methodology for calculating the rate will remain the same.

The Board, comprised of representatives from academic and administrative units, is charged by the Provost with conducting an annual review and evaluation of the TRF. As part of its deliberations, the Board discussed the option of raising the rates to help address the escalating costs of IT operations. However, in consideration of the inflationary pressures faced by all University units and the start of the HR/Payroll Cost Allocation to units in FY 2018, the Board decided not to recommend an increase in the rates at this time. In arriving at its recommendations, the Board followed advice from the Technology Recharge Fee Advisory Committee, which is charged with providing in-depth analysis and consultation in support of the annual TRF review.

The TRF covers a basic bundle of essential IT services, including the Microsoft campus site licensing agreement. More information about the TRF, including details on what is included and how the per capita rate is calculated, can be found  in our TRF overview.

The Board believes its recommendations for the FY 2018 TRF rate and methodology will continue to provide funding necessary for UW-IT to deliver critical information technology services to the UW community. UW-IT strives to operate as cost-effectively as possible, and to provide services that enhance the productivity and effectiveness of students, faculty and staff.

Thank you for your continued support.


Aaron Powell
Interim Vice President for UW Information Technology and CIO


Ana Mari Cauce, President

Jerry Baldasty, Provost and Executive Vice President

Jeffrey F. Scott, Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration

Harry Bruce, Dean and Professor, The Information School; Chair, IT Service Investment Board