The GSO Budget is funded through student fees paid by graduate students each semester. Each SU graduate student pays $40 per semester, and each ESF graduate student pays $30 per year to the GSO. This year’s budget is $485,910.70, representing student fee and rollover account spending. This money is allocated by the GSO Senate in its annual budget meeting, conducted on April 13, 2016. For full details, see the official budget resolution.
Broadly, the total budget breaks down as follows:
Student Organization and Special Programming: $121,477.68
This includes funds allocated to Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) during the annual budgeting process and the Special Programming pool. The Special Programming pool is used to award student organizations money on an event by event basis throughout the year. For a complete breakdown of student organization funding, please see the bottom of this page, or the budget resolution linked above.
Service Providers: $171,433.03
Service Providers break down as follows:
Administrative and Office Expenses: $21,000
This includes office supplies, payment to graduate school for space and ITS support, meeting expenses (food), and similar spending.
Executive Compensation and Benefits: $55,500
Salary and benefits for Executive Board Officers.
Travel Grant Program: $40,000
The Travel Grant Program supports graduate students traveling to conferences and similar events. Please refer to the Travel Grant section of our website for more information.
GSO Programming: $71,500
Funds for large scale GSO sponsored programming like the opening and closing picnics, various events like wine and beer tastings at the Inn Complete, and similar GSO run events, as well as the Empire Park Passports and golf passes.
See the 2015-2016 budget here.
This section will be updated once RSO funding allocations are finalized. RSOs can reach out to the GSO Comptroller (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns regarding their 2016-17 budgets.