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Background Summary

Texas Athletics – a self-sustaining arm of the university – has a total FY 2019-20 budget of $187 million. It fully supports itself and generates revenue for the university’s academic enterprises. It is among the few national athletics programs that receives no revenue from student fees, institutional or state sources. Far from competing with academics or financial aid for resources, Texas Athletics generates resources for students.

In FY 2019-20, Texas Athletics transferred approximately $10.7 million to the university. Similar athletics revenue in previous years allowed the university to eliminate fees for many counseling and mental health services for students. Over the past four years, Texas Athletics has transferred about $40 million, which has been used for a range of purposes benefitting students, including academic programs and chairs, subsidizing student services, and acquiring scholarly and archival materials.

Texas Athletics Support for the University

TOTAL TRANSFERS FROM ATHLETICS (in millions)
2011-12 $8.4
2012-13 $9.2
2013-14 $10.2
2014-15 $10.6
2015-16 $10.5
2016-17 $10.2
2017-18 $9.8
2018-19 $7.6
2019-20 $10.7
2020-21 $12.2
Sources: UT Austin, Annual Operating Budgets, FY 2011-12 to FY 2020-21
Note: Transfers each year may vary from budgeted amounts.

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