The Student Government (SG) Senate broke into applause Tuesday evening after passing a $14.7 million budget for student Activity and Service (A&S) fees.
Broken down into $10 million allocated to student programs and services, $2.8 million allocated to SG operations and almost $747,000 allocated to student organizations across campus, the annual budget is allocated to “everything not academic.”
“It’s in the name of the budget,” Zein Kattih, chair of the SG Appropriations and Audits committee, said. “It’s for student activities and services. It’s part of who we are as a campus.”
The budget increased from last year by roughly $495,000 and is based on $13 million in projected A&S revenue and SG’s current $1.7 million in unallocated cash reserves.
Two significant changes to the budget are the addition of Career Services, which will be housed under the Student Affairs department next year, and a reduction to the Dean for Students Office.
Next year’s budget will no longer fund the Dean for Students salary, reducing the allocation in A&S fees from $371,316 to $74,703. Career Services will receive $165,042 from the budget.
– Staff report