SIUE's budget development process for the state budget is very collaborative and involves a number of constituencies, with primary involvement of the University Planning & Budget Council (UPBC), which makes budget recommendations to the Chancellor. UPBC includes representatives from faculty, staff, and students. The process for developing the state operating budget begins nearly two years in advance of the final approved budget. In the case of the FY15 budget, the process started in the Fall 2013 term. It should be noted that the state operating budget is not final until the appropriation funding level for SIU is approved by the Illinois State Legislature. In recent years, this has occurred as early as May and as late as September.
The non-state budget development process is different for each fund group. For example, SIUE's fee units (e.g., Morris University Center, Student Fitness Center, etc.) undergo a thorough, internal fee review process which involves the preparation of extensive, detailed financial forecasts by the fee units and their committees and includes a financial review and input by a large number of constituents. The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and the Student Government Association engage in a process to make fee increase recommendations. These recommendations for the mandatory student fee units, including requests for fee increases or new fees, must be approved by the Board of Trustees.