Funding

To be consistent with our vision, the Graduate Student Association body has approved several changes to our constitution that include the way in which registered student organizations apply for funding. In essence, the association has created a senate that votes on the decisions we make at our general meetings.  With this, we have put in place a more democratic setting in which the voice of every graduate student can be heard. Each graduate student organization, and mixed students organization is required to send a representative to our meetings once a month in order to be eligible for funding. This representative has the duty of reporting back to their membership everything the Association is doing for the sake of graduate students and the overall Western Michigan University's betterment.

The funds we have available are administered by the Graduate Financial Allocation Committee, a standing subcommittee of the association. The Committee handles financial matters brought before the association, including the certification and travel grants. All applications documents must be emailed at least two weeks prior to the Committee's monthly meeting, before 5 p.m. in order to be considered for revision at that meeting. Late applications will not be considered until the following monthly meeting; that is regardless of the date of the event for which the organization is seeking funding. In addition, organizations applying for funding must send a representative to the Committee's monthly meeting. Failure to do so will result in the proposal being tabled until the following month. Finally, all organizations applying for funding have to attend to the registered student organization orientation every academic year. The schedule for these student organization orientations is listed at the bottom of this page.

The Association's budget is funded by a percentage of the Student Assessment Fee paid by on-campus graduate students when they register for classes. This is how the fee is distributed: 5% goes to Registered Student Organizations general services and 5% to Leadership and Life Skills. The remaining amount is distributed as follows: 17.31% goes to Student Media Group; 4.13% to Campus Activity Board, and 78.56% to the Graduate Student Association.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to: gfac-info@wmich.edu.

Note: Please send another email to inquire if your request was received or not in the case you do not receive an email confirmation within two days. Otherwise your application will not be review. It is your responsibility to check if your request was received or not.

Here are the documents every organization interested in applying for funding needs to have ahead of time:

Funding guidelines.

Application form.

Self evaluation form.

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RSO orientation fall 2014

Day

Date

Time

Location

Thursday

Jan. 15

11 to 12:30 p.m.

Room 204 of the Bernhard Center

Tuesday

Jan. 20

3 to 4:30 p.m.

Room 211 of the Bernhard Center

Monday

Feb. 2

1:30 to 3 p.m.

Room 204 of the Bernhard Center

 

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