Where Your UC Student Activities Fee Goes
Last February, the Undergraduate Council published all of its Finance Committee’s grant allocations dating back to the fall of 2011 in an effort to improve communication between the body and undergraduates. The public data includes information about which student organizations requested funding, how much they requested, and how much the Finance Committee chose to allocate.
This semester in particular, the UC has come under the microscope for its funding policies and ability to regulate attendance at events that receive grant money.
In theory, most undergraduates at Harvard have a stake in UC funding policies. To finance student events, the College requests undergraduates pay a $75 UC Activities fee each academic year. Here is where their money goes.
A Note on How Data was Calculated
The total budget distribution is based on the UC’s “Continuing Resolution Concerning the FY16 UC Budget” passed on Sept. 20, 2015. The data on top clubs funded, total money requests, and grant allocations is taken from the “Undergraduate Council Master Grants Spreadsheet,” made available by the UC in February. The distribution of UC grants was also taken from the master grants spreadsheet for the first eight weeks of the Spring 2016, with the following modifications: some of the values labeled “Other” were re-categorized based on the labels provided on the spreadsheet, and theater and performance group funding was separated into its own category. Note that the distribution of UC grants money is approximate—depending on how various expenses are classified, numbers may vary.
UC Pushes Annual Student Shows To Look Elsewhere for FundingThe Undergraduate Council’s Finance Committee recently chose to cap funding for annual student performances at $1,000 this semester in an attempt to push student groups hosting the events to search for funding sources outside the UC.
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