Student Technology Access Fees


The Technology Access Fee (TAF) proposal process for the 2016-2017 fiscal year has begun.  The deadline for proposals is January 29, 2016, at 4 PM.  Click Here to Submit a Proposal.  If you have technical difficulties or questions please contact Maria Knox at or 615-898-5184.  

Each department and college may submit one proposal for two categories:  Category 4 discipline specific equipment and Category 5 master classroom technology. Proposals for category 6 open technology-based learning spaces will also be accepted from the five TAF subsidized University Computer Labs in BAS, Library, Adaptive Technology, KOM, and the student union building. 

If an estimate is needed for:

  • construction (furniture, electricity, renovations), please contact Construction and Renovation,,  before January 1, 2016. 
  • master classroom equipment, please contact Tom Wallace,, before January 1, 2016.

At the October meeting, the Instructional Technology Committee considered the estimated useful life to be a factor in determining eligibility for TAF instructional emergency repair and replacement.  The estimated useful lives for TAF eligible equipment is provided below.  Equipment newer than its estimated useful life is eligible for TAF instructional emergency repair and replacement.  Equipment that is older than its estimated useful life is not. However, this equipment may be replaced through a TAF proposal.  As you plan your TAF proposals for 2016-2017, please consider the replacement of equipment that exceeds its estimated useful life.

 5 years
Small equipment items
Furniture and office type equipment
Computer hardware
Medical equipment

 10 years
Farm equipment
Engineering and scientific equipment, including mass media equipment
Recreational and athletic equipment

 12 years
Kitchen equipment
Large items such as airplanes and pianos

Search the TAF proposals database


TAF funds are required to be spent in the year collected. Projects are approved by line items, not by dollars. Because projects are not allocated dollars, any savings through the purchase process are collected in the overall TAF accounts and used to balance the TAF accounts at the end of the year. Purchases requested past March may not receive funding. The TAF committee revised the allocation process in October 2012.  For all the allocation processes, please follow this LINK

The Committee allocates $4,522,400 among the following seven categories. Any additional dollars are allocated by the Instructional Technology Committee among these seven categories as needed based on university priorities. The TAF budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year is $4.522 million.

  • Category 1 Infrastructure ($400,000)
  • Category 2 Repair, Replacement, and Renovation ($935,000)
  • Category 3 Recurring Costs ($1,105,722)
  • Category 4 Discipline Specific Equipment ($904,000)
  • Category 5 New Master Classrooms / Master Classroom Carts ($500,000)
  • Category 6 Open Technology Based Learning Spaces ($200,000)
  • Category 7 Enterprise Software ($477,678)

Revised TBR Guidelines

University Technology Plan

Purchase process for TAF Projects. Click here

Specifications for Master Classrooms If you need an estimate to renovate a space or construct a master classroom, please send an email to for equipment estimates and for construction estimates. Link to the list of software available through MTSU site licenses. Most Microsoft projects are available through MTSU's select agreement. Please contact ITD for additional information.

Annual spending and actual expenditures reports to the Tennessee Board of Regents.

If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Watson Harris at or 615-898-5366, Maria Knox at or 615-898-5184, or David Edgar at or 615-898-5389.