Student Congress has seen about a 60 percent increase in student organizations applying for money — but it has not seen a corresponding increase in funds to give out.
Student Congress’ Finance Committee has already reviewed funding requests from 40 student organizations, and there are still more than 60 left to be considered. Last year, 63 organizations applied.
Brittany Best, chairwoman of the committee, said committee members have been working late hours to accommodate for the sharp increase in requests.
funding requests already reviewed by the finance committee
increase in student groups applying for funding
organizations that applied for money last year
“It’s been an unusual second semester — with all budget cuts from departments and such, there’s a greater need for money all across the board,” she said.
Best said allocation of money depends on the nature of the request. More money is typically granted to host high-profile speakers, and the amount distributed also depends on how many groups are co-sponsoring the event.