Pursuant to the Sports Act (Official Gazette, no. 71/06. and 150/08.) for the purpose of conducting sports activities at institutions of higher education student sports associations shall be formed the programme of which shall be financed from the state budget assets through the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, the budgets of institutions of higher education, student assemblies, university student sports associations and the Croatian University Sports Federation as well as from the budget assets of local and regional self-government. Student sports associations that operate at an institution of higher education are organized into a student sports federation that sets up and manages the sports competition system within the institutions of higher education. Student sport federations of the institutions of higher education in the Republic of Croatia are organized into the Croatian University Sports Federation in order to harmonize the activities of its members, organize competitions and take care of the status of student athletes.