The Appropriations Committee handles student organization funding requests from the Student Activity Fund. 

Meetings are on the first three Mondays of the block. Open to Cornell community. Please contact the Chair of Appropriations for more details. 

Types of requests:

  • Appropriations (asking for a new budget item):
    • Discuss the request in detail
    • Show that you have achieved the lowest, most effective cost
    • Illustrate effective planning and leadership
    • Explain how the event/item is open to the student body
    • Timeline: require student representatives at the appropriations meeting. For requests over $1,000, please visit the General Assembly. 
  • Reallocations (moving unused funding, new budget item):
    • Combination of an appropriation and reclamation
    • Timeline: require student representatives at the appropriations meeting. For requests over $1,000, please visit the General Assembly. 
  • Reclamations (returning unused funding)
    • Explain why the funds were left-over, not used, or unnecessary
    • Timeline: require no further action besides the form

To submit a financial request, please fill out the Student Senate Financial Form.

The request must be completed by Sunday at 6:00 p.m. before the subsequent meeting. You should always receive an email copy of the request. Email the Chair of Appropriations promptly if you do not get a copy.

What rules do we need to follow?

Student Senate follows its by-laws for approving funding requests. The current Appropriations By-Laws are available with all of the Student Senate documents online.