To be consistent with our vision, the Graduate Student Association has approved several reforms to our constitution that change the way in which Registered Student Organizations apply for funding. In essence, the Association has established a Senate with the charge of voting on budgetary matters.  With this, we have put in place a more inclusive and participatory setting in which, the voice of every graduate student can be heard. Each graduate student organization and mixed students organization is required to send a representative to our meetings once a month in order to be eligible for funding. This representative has the duty of reporting back to their membership everything the Association is doing for the sake of graduate students and the overall Western Michigan University's betterment.

The funds we have available are administered by the Graduate Financial Allocation Committee; a standing subcommittee of the association. The Committee handles financial matters brought before the association, including the certification, conference, and data collection grants. All applications must be processed through their respective application forms by the first day of the month in which the applicant expects to receive funding. Late applications will not be considered until the following monthly meeting; that is regardless of the date of the event for which the Organization is seeking funding. In addition, organizations applying for funding must send a representative to the Committee's monthly meeting. Failure to do so will result in the proposal being tabled until the following month. Finally, all organizations applying for funding have to attend to the Registered Student Organization Orientation every academic year. The schedule for these orientations is listed at the bottom of this page.

The Association's budget is funded by a percentage of the Student Assessment Fee paid by on-campus graduate students when they register for classes. This is how the fee is distributed: 5% goes to Registered Student Organizations general services and 5% to Leadership and Life Skills. The remaining amount is distributed as follows: 17.31% goes to Student Media Group; 4.13% to Campus Activity Board, and 78.56% to the Graduate Student Association.

To apply for event funding, please follow this link Event Funding Application Form.

To apply for operational funding, please follow this link Operational Funding Request Form.

To submit an event self-evaluation form, please follow this link Organizations Self-Evaluation Form

Note: right after submitting your application through WMU experience, you will receive a short notification confirming that your application has been submitted. You should expect to receive an email from the chair of the financial allocation committee regarding your application review process 10 to 7 days before the upcoming gfac meeting. In the event that you do not receive this email,  you must assume we did not receive your request. Therefore, do not hesitate to email us at inquiring the status of your application. It is your responsibility to check if your request was received or not.

Here are the documents every Organization interested in applying for funding needs to have ahead of time:

Funding guidelines.

Association's logo

RSO orientation spring 2018

Date:                                     Time:                                     Location: 

1/17/2018                           12:00pm-1:30pm               242 Brown/Gold BC

1/22/2018                           2:00pm-3:30pm                 242 Brown/Gold BC

1/29/2018                           3:00pm-4:30pm                 242 Brown/Gold BC

2/07/2018                           2:00pm-3:30pm                 212 BC

2/12/2018                           3:00pm-4:30pm                 242 Brown/Gold BC

Please remember that space is limited for each orientation, so you will need to RSVP via ExperienceWMU on the Office of Student Engagement events page: You must also be a currently enrolled student and your RSO must be registered on ExperienceWMU to attend orientations. In addition, each RSO must attend RSO orientation every year before submitting any requests for allocations. If you have any questions please contact Terri Riemland at

How to understand the budget.

Budget legend

Budget proposal

2018-19 proposed budget.

Current budget


Previous budget



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