Preferred Seat Contribution

Similar to the Annual Fund, your gift to the preferred seat program helps elevate Michigan Athletics to a new level of excellence. Your gift provides critical resources which will go directly to the area with the greatest need. With your support, we are able to address our priorities and impact our program in an immediate and positive way.

Your gift to Michigan Athletics indicates your enthusiasm for the work we are doing and also your trust in our vision. Please know that we are truly grateful and we receive your gift with a remarkable sense of responsibility. We promise to use our resources in the most effective and efficient manner that we are able in order to advance our mission.

2018-19 PSC Brochure

Make Your Preferred Seat Contribution (PSC) Payment

 

Message from Warde Manuel

December 12, 2018

 

Greetings from Ann Arbor!!

Thank you for your continued support of Michigan Athletics as a football season ticket holder and donor. Your support played a critical role in a fantastic 10 win season and #7 ranking. We’re looking forward to seeing many of you in Atlanta for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on December 29th and cheering on this fine group of student-athletes one more time.

In addition to your support on gameday, your financial commitment to our 900 student-athletes across 29 programs provides nearly 20 percent of our annual operating budget, providing resources to our student-athletes such as scholarships, academic services, and access to the top of the line facilities.

At the close of 2017, federal tax law was passed impacting the Preferred Seat Donation program.  As we communicated back in December of 2017, one of the changes from this bill (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) was ending the ability to deduct 80 percent of charitable contributions attached to the purchase of season tickets or in our case specifically, the Preferred Seat Donation program. In light of the new legislation, the program will continue as it has in years past and will now be referred to as a Preferred Seat Contribution.

You may now login and pay your 2019 football Preferred Seat Contribution by the deadline of January 31, 2019 at mgoblue.com/psc.  New, beginning in 2019, PSC renewals for Men’s Basketball and Ice Hockey will now take place later this spring and will be due by May 31. Donors who make their football Preferred Seat Contribution(s) by the deadline will be able to renew their season tickets beginning March 16.

When you login, you will notice that PSC’s have increased slightly from 2018. The increase ranges from 2.5 to 5.5 percent depending upon seat location. Season tickets will also be increasing for 2019 by approximately five percent. Please know that Michigan Athletics is committed to keeping PSC’s and season tickets at this level for both 2019 and 2020.

These increases have been made in an effort to maintain our status as a leader in college athletics by supporting our student-athletes in the most comprehensive ways and continuing our tradition of financial stability.

As a department we are responsible for paying all costs associated with the athletics scholarships, which will total more than $27 million in 2018/19. Michigan is proud to be one of just a handful of financially self-sustaining departments in the country. We do not draw funds from the University’s general fund or from the state of Michigan. This level of stability would not be possible without the success of the PSC program.

The impact of your investment through the PSC is wide ranging and will continue to be the cornerstone upon which the success of our student-athletes rests by providing the resources to produce champions on and off of the fields of play.

Thank you in advance for your continued investment in the success of Michigan Athletics.  Wishing you a Happy Holiday and a fantastic 2019.

 

Go Blue!

Warde Manuel Signature

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How are Preferred Seat Donations affected by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that was passed in late 2017?
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ended the ability to deduct 80 percent of charitable contributions attached to the purchase of tickets, specifically the PSD.

Will the Preferred Seat Donation still be required?
The program will continue as it has in years past and will now be referred to as a Preferred Seat Contribution.

If Preferred Seat Contributions are no longer tax deductible, why are they not being removed/reduced?
Preferred Seat Contributions provide the necessary resources to address the academic, career development, and athletic needs of more than 900 student-athletes across all 29 teams. The $30M generated from the Preferred Seat Contribution program allows Michigan Athletics to remain one of the few self-sustaining athletic departments in the country. Approximately 20% of the Michigan Athletics annual budget is funded through private donations, which includes the Preferred Seat Contribution program.

Why are Preferred Seat Contributions increasing?
Michigan Athletics does not draw funds from the University’s general fund or from the state of Michigan.  We are committed to maintaining this level of financial sustainability while also providing the best experiences for our student-athletes.  This level of stability would not be possible without the PSC program.  These increases have been made in an effort to maintain our status as a leader in college athletics by supporting out student-athletes in the most comprehensive ways and continuing our tradition of financial stability.

Will both the PSC and season tickets be increasing in 2019?
Yes. Preferred Seat Contributions for football will increase by approximately 2.5 percent to 5 percent depending upon your seat location. Season tickets have been increased by approximately 5 percent for the 2019 season.

Will PSC’s and season tickets increase again in 2020?
No.  We are committed to locking these prices in for both the 2019 and 2020 football seasons.

When can I pay my men’s basketball and ice hockey Preferred Seat Contribution?
Men’s basketball and ice hockey PSC’s will now take place in the spring and will be due May 31.