Department Overhead Assessments


Effective July 1, 2013, the university implemented changes to the overhead rate structure for auxiliary operations, designated operations, service centers and the ASUO.  These changes are intended to establish a new comprehensive rate structure, update the cost pools from the prior rates, and clearly identify the basis for the overhead rate charges.

The detailed memo on Overhead Rate Structure and process has been updated for FY24 and FY25, as of January 24, 2023.

As of January 2023, departments will no longer be charged monthly telecom fees for each-phone.  Instead, the rates listed below (FY23 Jan – June) have been adjusted to include the cost of providing communications and collaborative technologies (CCT) to campus.  See Documents – Communications and Collaborative Technologies (CCT) Program ( for details on this change to the billing model for communications technology.

Following is a summary of the new rate structure:

  •  The revised overhead rate structure has two components
    • Administrative Rate – charged to all units and includes the full list of administrative functions offered as a service to the entire university campus (i.e. – campus mailing).
    • Facilities Rate – only charged to units that do not pay their own utilities, custodial, repairs and maintenance costs.  This rate includes a full range of base facility functions that are needed to maintain the overall physical operation of the University (i.e. – central utilities).
  • The Administrative Rate structure has been established as recognition that larger departments generally have increased levels of self-funded administrative support (e.g., HR, IT, media, purchasing, contracts, etc.) within their organizations, as well as economies of scale.
  • The current list of excluded account codes will be maintained.
  • The current list of approved limited overhead assessment waivers.
  • The rate charged to Research Service Centers will depend upon whether the work is being done for UO departments and faculty (Internal) or outside customers (External)
    • Internal sales of products and services (Account Type 59) – exempt from overhead charges
    • External sales of products and services (Account Type 51-58) – full rates apply – REVENUE


Assessment Process and Rates

  • Administrative Overhead Rate:  All units will pay the administrative rate.  That maximum rate for FY24 - 7.07% and FY25 is 7.47%.  However; the following structured rate schedule will be applied in recognition that larger units generally self-fund increased levels of administrative support services (e.g., HR, IT, media, purchasing, contracts, etc.) within their units.
Base Amounts - Up to Rate - FY24 Overhead total - FY24 Rate - FY25 Overhead Total - FY25
$ Up to 5,000,000 7.07% $353.688 7.47% $373,688
$5,000,001 - 10,000,000 6.73% $689,965 7.11% $728,981
$10,000,001 - 20,000,000 6.07% $1,296,856 6.41% $1,370,189
$20,000,001 - 30,000,000 5.83% $1,879,869 6.16% $1,986,170
Above $30,000,000 4.24%   4.48%  
  • Facility Overhead Rate:  Those units that do not pay for their own utilities, custodial support, and repairs and maintenance needs will be charged the facility rate in addition to the administrative rate.  The facility rate is 6.0%  for FY24 and FY25, and covers the cost of providing these services.
  • Maximum Rates:  Rates will be adjusted slowly to give units an opportunity to absorb these increased costs in their budgets. Following is a chart outlining the maximum rates charged per year.   
  FY22 FY23 (July-Dec) FY23 (Jan-Jun) FY24 FY25
Maximum Rate –
Admin & Facility Rate
12.40% 12.70% 13.17% 13.07% 13.47%
Maximum rate –
Admin Only
6.60% 6.60% 7.07% 7.07% 7.47%
Facility Only 5.80% 6.10% 6.10% 6.00% 6.00%
Research Service Centers –
Overhead Rate for Internal Customers
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Research Service Centers –
Rate Charged to External Customers - REVENUE
11.30% 11.30% 11.70% 11.70% 11.90%


FY 2024 - Large Units FY22 Expenditure Base FY24 STuctured Rate FY24 Effective Rate FY25 Effective rate
Intercollegiate Athletics Rev/Exp $   66,711,137 3,435,792 5.15% 5.44%
Residence Hall Operations $   43,878,110 2,468,063 5.62% 5.94%
Health Services $   15,141,565 1,002,002 6.62% 6.99%
EMU $   9,015,752 623,769 6.92% 7.31%
PE and REC $   4,296,884 303,951 7.07% 7.47%
Total   6,905,856    
*Effective rates are estimates based on FY22 expenditure levels.      


Following is a detailed example of how the accounting would work for a unit with $15 million of expenditures:

Expenditures Admin overhead charged
First 5 million $353,688
Next 5 million $336,277
Next 4 million $303,410
Total $993,410
Total Effective Rate 6.62%

Additional Information

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