- The Cornell University Board of Trustees charges the Student Assembly with proposing a student activity fee for the entire undergraduate student body on a bi-yearly basis. The SA is also responsible for proposing how the fee will be distributed among student organizations on campus. The proposal must be approved by the University President and Board of Trustees. Nearly every student organization on campus is funded through a “Byline” organization or an organization that receives a direct portion of the student activity fee.
- View "A Brief History of the Student Activity Fee" (1948-2020)
- The process for setting the fee proposal is outlined in the Student Assembly Charter, mostly in Appendix A and Appendix B.
- General funding for any project, program or service through Student Assembly Special Projects that it deems to improve the quality of undergraduate student life or to further the goals of the Student Assembly.
- Special Projects funding may be requested by any of the following, but not limited to:
- any Cornell registered student organization;
- Student Assembly committee chairs that seek funding for expenditures that exceed their committee's budgeted allocation.
- These funding requests are managed by the Student Assembly Executive Committee and the Student Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Student Activities Funding Commission (SAFC) Funding
- A portion of the undergraduate student activity fee is allocated to student organizations by the SAFC.
Students Helping Students Fund & Summer Experience Grants
- Programs established by the Cornell University Student Assembly in conjunction with the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment for the purpose of assisting undergraduate students in financial need. Managed by the Student Assembly's Financial Aid Review Committee (FARC).
Student Assembly Infrastructure Fund (SAIF)
- Funding that supports projects and/or initiatives that improve infrastructure or facilities on campus that contribute to the undergraduate experience of Cornell students.