Michigan State University Associated Students, or ASMSU, Student Allocation Board, or SAB, held a Zoom informational meeting on Jan. 31 to raise awareness of their role at MSU and the funding opportunities that they present to Registered Student Organizations, or RSOs. .
The council, made up entirely of MSU undergraduate students, is responsible for deciding which groups receive ASMSU’s designated RSO funds.
The funding, paid for in large part by the ASMSU student levy included in tuition, helps campus clubs and student organizations seeking financial support to fund events, and RSO aspirants to secure the money. necessary to start operating.
“The Student Allocation Council is made up of 12 to 21 undergraduate students who have applied,” said ASMSU Vice President for Student Allocations Harsna Chahal. “The goal (of the board) is to listen to the RSOs present, just like a 10-minute presentation, (about) why they need the funding, what type of events or projects they will use it for, and how does it benefit undergraduate students.”
The SAB divides RSO candidates into two categories based on their needs: general and startup.
A general candidate is any RSO who is currently operating and registered for student life. These candidates can request up to $4,500 for their event. The application process takes two to three hours and consists of a brief questionnaire, a description of how the funding will benefit the student body, and a budget proposal, in which applicants will list all of their anticipated expenses to form a budget.
While the budget is open to a variety of expenses for the many different needs of RSOs on campus, gifts or items to be kept, such as gift cards, t-shirts, and scholarships, cannot be included in the budget. because of concerns about nepotism and inclusion.
“The “up to $4,500” category asks more detailed questions…you have the option to choose between a conference, project base, or event base, and then within those categories there are questions specific asking what your event contains,” Chahal mentioned. “You should create a budget sheet for general funding…specifically listing the items you are requesting.”
A start-up candidate is any RSO that is currently looking to start a business. RSO consultant for ASMSU Macken Keefe describes this application process as “more streamlined”, as it only requires a proposal on how the new RSO will spend the money granted to them and explain how their organization will contribute to MSU if it starts successfully.
Keefe emphasized in an interview that the SAB is eager to help and encourages anyone who thinks they might be interested to reach out and apply. For more information, contact an ASTMU representative or visit the Student Stipends website.
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