The Instructional Resilience and Enhancement Fee (IREF) is a course materials and services fee that supports tools, infrastructure and staff to support in-person and remote instruction. The cost to students is $130 per semester or $260 for academic year 2024-25. The IREF addresses the changing requirements and expectations of instructors and students regarding software and classroom-related technology to increasingly have consistent and easily accessible remote instruction tools.

IREF also provides access to additional software, technologies and services that enhance student learning and provide a foundation for instructional resilience. In addition to software licensing Microsoft Office, Zoom Pro and the Adobe Suite, the fee provides funding for the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP), which supplies laptops and other hardware to students in need. IREF is included in your cost of attendance for financial aid purposes.

The IREF is in line with several other UC campuses (UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, and UC Irvine), which have already instituted a course materials fee that funds a wide variety of instructional technology. Those fees vary from the Instructional Enhancement Initiative Fee of $324/year (UCLA) to the Collaborate Student Technology Fee of $119.40/year (UC Santa Barbara) for the 2023-2024 academic year.