SGA groups funded by students
Each semester, student groups develop budgets with the Student Government Association for the upcoming semester.
The budget process allocates funds to student groups for events such as recruitment meetings, cookouts and traveling to a conference.
Students pay an SGA fee every semester. Full-time students pay $40 and part-time students pay $3.
All of the money funding student groups each year comes from students’ SGA fees, according to SGA Treasurer Laura Martin.
SGA’s Funding Policy for Student Organizations outlines the requirements to apply for budgeting.
According to the policy, student groups must have a constitution passed by SGA, maintain active membership of at least 15 students for two consecutive semesters, and fulfill SGA’s community service and fundraising requirements.
“Groups then have to attend the Treasurer’s Workshop, submit an initial budget, attend a Financial Advisory Committee meeting, and then submit a final budget, which would ultimately get voted on at a budget hearing,” Martin said.
Student groups are classified in the FPSO under four types: large event based, special interest, service and cultural/religious. Within each group type are four accounts: activity, equipment, travel and advertising/printing. The maximum for each account varies based on the group type.
“Large based events have more money in their activity account than a service group would because service groups need traveling money to go elsewhere,” Martin said.
Student groups usually receive the budget they propose, according to Martin, but unforeseen expenses do occur during the semester, such as forgetting to budget food for an event. In these circumstances, student groups can apply for a supplemental budget.
“The supplemental budget would obviously have to be within the means of their budget, so it can’t exceed the account maximum,” Martin said.
The popularity of a student group does not factor into the final budget, according to Martin. SGA takes a viewpoint of neutrality when determining budgets, also outlined in the FPSO.
“Any group can get their full budget if they wanted to. They can spend the maximums of it. It’s really a matter of how much money they want to spend on their budget during the year and what follows the guidelines,” Martin said.