Campus Programs

Campus Program accounts at UCorp facilitate activities in support of the mission of San Francisco State University and/or UCorp. They are distinguished from grants by the term, which is almost always open-ended, the sources of revenue, and the absence of required deliverables.

The range of allowed campus program activity is broad. Activities that are not allowed in campus programs include those that are not safe for students, staff, or faculty, and anything that results in accreditation or certification. Continuing education credits cannot be offered through UCorp.

A Campus Program Fund is set up when it a) is requested by a campus department or college via submission of a Special Project Agreement, b) is deemed necessary by UCorp, c) is in compliance with Executive Order 1052, and d) meets criteria outlined by the University Corporation.

Sources of Revenue

The University Corporation may receive gifts, donations, and fundraising revenue. UCorp may receive other types of earned program revenue if the following criteria are met:

  • The revenue will support SF State or UCorp’s mission.
  • The revenue-generating activity is pre-authorized by UCorp.
  • The campus is compensated for the use of its resources, or there is an alternative, documented fair exchange of value.
  • Fees are not collected for accredited classes.
  • The University Box Office is not a revenue component of the program.

Note: Though not typical, certain types of revenue-generating activity may be subject to Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT). This does not mean that the activity cannot take place, but it may require additional documentation regarding the activity be kept on file. Please contact Ricardo Angeles at or 415.338.7141 if you are planning program activity that will result in earned revenue.


Expenditures must be made within general University Corporation policy, and must benefit the program described on the SPA. For specific information regarding expenditures, please refer to the “Payments” section of the website at

Term of Program

Special Project Agreements are established and renewed every three years or when the Project Director changes, whichever comes first. At the end of the term, the SPA must be renewed or the program closed. Funds remaining in the account must be spent in accordance with the terms outlined on the SPA, or may be transferred to a similar fund approved by the department and the University Corporation.