In its last meeting of the semester Tuesday, Student Congress's Finance Committee looked back on its fall legislative cycle.
This semester, the committee received requests asking for a total of $416,284.57. They gave $176,433.59 to about 60 organizations.
Priyesh Krishnan, the chairperson of the committee, discussed past years' fall cycles and showed that in the last five years, Student Congress has seen increases in both the number of organizations asking for money and the amount they are asking for.
In fall 2010, only about 40 organizations asked for money, compared to the 96 organizations that requested money this fall.
Student Congress representative Aidan Hennessy asked questions about the difference Congress made by allocating the funds to the organizations they chose.
Krishnan answered that he plans to follow up more with the student organizations, but many of them have already reached out to give feedback.
The finance committee also passed two bills to full Student Congress.
The first was a bill to clarify the prohibition on international flights for students that Cole Simons, chairperson of the Oversight and Advocacy Committee, introduced earlier this semester.
The committee changed the wording to clarify that Student Congress will not pay for outgoing international flights for students but will fund flights and lodging for speakers.