Engineering Student Technology Committee (ESTC)

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The Engineering Student Technology Committee (ESTC) is charged with the management and distribution of the Charge for Technology (CFT) paid by students in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. It reports to the Dean of Engineering and is governed by the CSU Charges for Technology Manual. The ESTC sends representatives to the University Charges for Technology Committee, the governing body for the CFT process at Colorado State University.

All About this year (2019-2020)

  • Academic Year Budget: table or pie chart
  • Special Projects
  • Meeting Minutes (posted when approved)
  • Committee Membership

Historical Data

Historical Technology Charge by Year

Annual Comparisons:

All about the Charge for Technology (CFT):

Do you have ideas on how to spend your technology charge funds?
Like to see some changes made in the labs?
Contact your department representatives.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • CFT: Charge for Technology – the charge collected by individual colleges just for technology related equipment in that college. the actual charge varies by college ( see the UCFT web page)
  • ESTC: Engineering Student Technology Committee – the committee that oversees the CFT for the College of Engineering
  • UCFT: University Charges for Technology Committee – oversees the CFT process at CSU and maintains the CFT manual. The manual outlines the oversight and use of the funds collected from the charge.
  • UTF: University Technology Fee – the “tech fee” collected by ASCSU and managed by UTFAB
  • UTFAB: University Technology Fee Advisory Board – manages the university “tech fee” (see the committee web page for details)
  • UFF: University Facilities Fee – the facilities fee collected by ASCSU and managed by UFFAB
  • UFFAB: University Facilities Fee Advisory Board – manages the university tech fee

Note: all three of these fees have a different set of valid expenses, but may be leveraged together when a project warrants.

The Engineering Student Technology Committee (ESTC) is charged with the management and distribution of the Charge for Technology (CFT) paid by students in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. It reports to the Dean of Engineering and is governed by the CSU Charges for Technology Manual. The ESTC sends representatives to the University Charges for Technology Committee, the governing body for the CFT process at Colorado State University.

Please contact one of your departmental representatives. If your department has no representatives, please contact the head of your department. If you are a member of the college’s administrative staff, please contact one of the ex officio members.

Each full time student, graduate and undergraduate, is assessed a charge of $170 per semester.

The “tech fee” refers to the university technology fee that is managed by the University Technology Fee Advisory Board (UTFAB). The ESTC has no involvement with the tech fee and only manages the charge for technology (CFT) for the College of Engineering. Folks who’ve been around awhile will occassionally erroneously refer to the CFT as the “tech fee”.

Students and faculty members are appointed by the chair of their department. There are two ex officio members, meaning that they are on the committee by virtue of their position. The two ex officio members are the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Director of Engineering Technology Services.

The ESTC develops a budget for the next year at the end of each academic year. In most cases, the funds are distributed to the authority of others, for example the departments or Engineering Technology Services. The funds retained by the ESTC are then disbursed during the year in which they are collected. For more detailed information, see the reviews of each academic year.