Funding FAQs

How can our group apply for graduate assembly funding?

Visit the GA Funding page or stop by the Graduate Assembly, located in Eshleman Hall #444, for details about what funding is available to your graduate student group.

What type of funding is available from the Graduate Assembly?

Money is available for:

  • Meetings and the general operations of a graduate student group (GMER)
  • Events, projects, and activities in the areas of Student Activism, Campus Diversity, Community Service, and Educational Improvement (Grants)
  • Graduate student journals and student group newsletters (Publications)
  • Events, projects, or activities that (a) could not be anticipated and applied for in the normally scheduled funding application process; (b) occur outside the grants and GMER rounds, i.e. academic breaks from December to January or May to August; or (c) are not covered under other categories (Contingency funding)
  • Individuals presenting at a conference outside of the Bay Area. (Travel Grants)

What are the requirements for funding?

  • Graduate student organizations must register as an RSO with the LEAD Center.
  • Review the Funding Guide and complete the Agent Quiz here
  • Student groups applying for funding must be represented in the Delegate Assembly by either (a) having a GA Delegate as a member, or (b) having at least one group member whose academic unit has at least one GA Delegate. To verify Delegate representation or to apply to be a GA Delegate, visit the GA (Anthony Hall) or the GA website.
  • Review the Graduate Student Group Funding Application and the instructions in this Guide before submitting your application. For additional questions contact the GA at (510) 642-2175 or visit the GA website.

Where does the Graduate Assembly get the funding they give student to groups?

  • The money comes from a portion of Graduate Student Fees.

Who evaluates applications for graduate student organization funding?

  • The Funding Committee reviews submitted applications and makes recommendations to the Delegate Assembly. The FC consists of a funding chair (elected by the delegate body) and 6-10 GA Delegates. Each member represents a separate academic department and reviews your application based on the criteria explained in the Funding Guide. The FC recommends the amount of the funding to be awarded, including any restrictions. The Graduate Assembly delegates vote to approve or amend the recommendations.
  • The Business Office selects Travel Award recipients on a lottery system.

Is funding available for events events held during summer?

  • Students groups may apply to contingency funding during the summer months.

Do I need to attend a funding workshop to receive a travel award?

  • No. The Funding Workshop is required only for graduate student groups who are requesting funds to sponsor graduate student group activities. The information is useful if you feel you may ever create a student group and request funding, however, travel award recipients are not required to attend the workshop.

If our group is approved funding, how do we receive the money?

  • Student group funding is awarded via a Reimbursement Process, whereby you spend the funds out-of-pocket, and then you are reimbursed once original itemized receipts are submitted. You must check the funding report before expecting to be reimbursed for any items. Items not approved in the funding report, will NOT be reimbursed unless approved by the Funding Chair.

What happens if I do not have the money to purchase items up-front?

  • You can request a Purchase Order (P.O.) from the Business Office for your project or event. You must also work with a vendor that is willing to accept an ASUC Purchase Order as payment which will be paid after the service has been completed.  Some vendors may be able to generate an Invoice, to receive payment after the service has been completed.

How do I pay for honoraria & what is required to submit a personal services agreement (PSA)?

Click here to download the Stipend Form

The Personal Services Agreement (PSA) is the only method to provide honoraria for a speaker/performer. A carbon copy of the PSA form is available at the GA Office in Eshleman Hall.
The PSA is completed by the graduate student group sponsoring the event/ project and the person providing the service.  The PSA cannot exceed $200 for student groups or the amount approved in the Funding Report.
Attach the completed PSA to the Purchase Request Form and a resume of the individual providing the service. The GA/ASUC will then issue payment and the individual is subject to tax reporting at the end of the year.  A PSA is considered a type of income.
The resume must have the following items clearly typed:

  • First and Last Name
  • Address
  • Contact number
  • Email address

At the bottom left corner of the PSA, the individual rendering service must:

  • sign (name must be a signature not printed)
  • provide their personal address (business address only accepted if using a US Tax-ID#)
  • Social Security Number (SSN), TAX ID # or complete a W-9 form. (If a Social Security Number or US Tax ID# cannot be provided, a copy of the Current passport, visa, I-94, and work permit are also required).

Without the items listed items above, the PSA cannot be processed.

Can the GA pay an invoice?

  • Yes. Although Invoices are primarily used in conjunction with a Purchase Order, the GA can pay the balance due (or partial balance depending on your group’s approved award) to a vendor from a specific Invoice number. The payment of the Invoice number will be in the form of a check and is mailed directly to the vendor’s address provided on the Invoice. If the vendor cannot produce an invoice or will not accept payment after the service has been completed, a Purchase Order is recommended to initiate the service.

Why does the GA need original, itemized receipts for reimbursement?

  • The GA Business Office must turn original receipts over to the accounting department for reimbursement to be processed. These receipts verify that you have paid for the items for which you are being reimbursed. You will also need to provide the GA one copy of your itemized receipts when you submit the CalLink Request Form (student groups) or the Expenditure Reimbursement Form, ERF (travel).

How can we be certain our receipts are sufficient?

  • Bring receipts to the Graduate Assembly Business Office for review prior to submission. This will significantly decrease the chance of receipts being denied or sent back.

Our group purchased items that were not on our application. Is this a problem?

  • If your group changes your original budget, YOU MUST contact the Funding Officer to change your request.  Please view the policies for GA funding.

What happens if we do not spend the funding by the specified deadline?

  • The GA does not hold accounts for groups, but allocates money to be used in the round that it is awarded. Once funds are allocated, the student organization is responsible for spending the allotted funds. Any funds approved in your application which are not used within the respective round event timeline will not be rolled over for future rounds.

What happens if we purchase items that were not requested on our original budget?

  • Items not listed on your budget will not be reimbursable unless you request prior approval for those items from the Funding Officer.

What other funding opportunities for graduate student groups exist besides the Graduate Assembly?