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Section 4: General Accounting

Auxiliary Enterprise Administrative Overhead Charge

Effective Date:


Approved By:

Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs

Last Revised On:


For Assistance Contact:

Assistant Vice President, Financial Affairs and Controller


The purpose of this guideline is to:

  • Establish the fiscal responsibility of auxiliary enterprises for a fair portion of the total cost of centrally provided support services, and
  • Detail the process for computing a rate and allocating administrative overhead costs to auxiliary enterprises.
The auxiliary enterprises included in this guideline are:
  • Athletics Fee
  • Child Development Center
  • Housing
  • Recreation Center Fee
  • University Center Fee
  • UTSA Card Fee
  • Parking Services
  • Transportation Fee
  • Bookstore Retail Operations
  • Vending Operations
  • Meal Plans & Food Service Retail Operations
  • University Oaks/Chisolm Hall


The General Appropriations Act specifically prohibits the use of educational and general funds appropriated to any institution to be expended to support auxiliary enterprises, unless specifically authorized in the Act.

Auxiliary enterprises are defined by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) as programs that "...furnish services directly or indirectly to students, faculty, or staff, and charge fees related to, but not necessarily equal to, the cost of services."


Table of Contents

A. Cost Study Used to Determine Assessment Rate

An overhead rate is established each year based on a cost study of expenditures in Cost Centers funded by Educational and General funds or Designated Tuition that have administrative overhead costs appropriate for sharing with auxiliary Cost Centers.

For the first year of the assessment (FY 2012) the rate was 2.46%. This rate is subject to change after each year's cost study.

B. Methodology

The expenditures of the Cost Centers described in Section A of this guideline are reviewed to determine an allocation basis:

  1. Employee Headcount: Services provided are more likely to be impacted based on the number of employees.
  2. Prior Year Revenue: Services provided are more likely to be impacted based on revenue collection.
  3. Prior Year Expenditures: Services provided are more likely to be impacted based on total expenditures.

Employee headcount, revenue, and expenditure data for the fiscal year most recently closed is evaluated for each auxiliary area and a pro-rata share as compared to the entire campus is calculated. Based on those calculations, a total amount of expenditures to be allocated to auxiliary Cost Centers is derived.

To determine the overhead assessment rate, the total expenditures to be allocated to auxiliary Cost Centers is divided by the following year's budgeted revenue for each impacted auxiliary enterprise.

C. Assessment Basis

The computed rate is then applied to budgeted revenues that have been adjusted for internal transfers in from other auxiliary enterprises, transfers out for scholarship payments for student athletes, and vendor payments for food service meal plans.

D. Accounting Treatment

Each month, Accounting Services credits the respective salary allocation and payroll related costs Cost Centers for 1/12th of the annual allocation. The credit is considered a credit to expense and not revenue.

The auxiliary Cost Centers that are charged are debited for 1/12th of the annual allocation. Account ID 51201 (Classified Salaries) is used for credit and debit amounts to assure that the total salary expense remains the same and reporting reflects the correct amount. This also ensures that the amounts recorded in the payroll system are tied to the general ledger.

The allocation is recorded at the end of each month, prior to close out, via a journal entry. This entry is the same each month and can be uploaded into the financial accounting system.

Accounting Services is responsible for ensuring that the upload is created and the journal entry is approved.

NOTE: The August entry for each year will be adjusted for rounding differences.


Term Description
Auxiliary Enterprise An auxiliary enterprise exists to furnish goods or services to students, faculty, staff, other institutional departments, or incidentally to the general public, and charges a fee directly related to, although not necessarily equal to, the cost of the goods or services. Auxiliary services are self-supportive activities.
Administrative Overhead Administrative overhead is an expense to auxiliary enterprises that covers such things as salaries and expenses of central offices that support auxiliary enterprises.



None at this time.


Date Description
05/11/16 Updated DEFINE information for transition to PeopleSoft.
05/01/14 Updated DEFINE information for transition to PeopleSoft.
06/29/11 Revised section D. Accounting Treatment to address the Salary Allocation and Payroll Related Costs account. The revision also addresses the Object Code for Classified Salaries, monthly credits and debits to sub-accounts for salary expense, payroll, and the general ledger.
05/24/11 Published revised Appendix A - Accounts List (PDF).
05/20/11 Published guideline.

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