Student organizations that are officially recognized by Student Council may apply each year for funding from Student Council. Budgets for student groups approved by Student Council are funded by the Student Activities fee that is included in tuition for medical students and a corresponding contribution from the Graduate School.
I’m a leader of a student group and want to start using Student Council funding — what do I need to do?
If your organization has previously been recognized by Student Council, it must submit an annual budget that will be considered by the treasurers. All student groups must apply every year to be recognized by Student Council (required to participate in the Activities Fair) and for funding.
All student group budgets start on 1 September and run for a full year. All funding requests should adhere to current policies, which can be downloaded here. Please keep in mind that these policies are intended as a floor, not a ceiling, and that we want to help student groups spend funding in new and creative ways. Some general policies are:
Each semester, the student treasurers will send out information on a meeting that should be attended by at least one leader from any student organization receiving or seeking Student Council funding. At this meeting, procedures for submitting budgets will be presented and distributed, including policies on what can and cannot be funded.
Ok, so how do I actually spend this money we’ve received?
It is possible to pay certain vendors in advance of events. This means that students can avoid having large charges on their credit cards or bank statements while waiting for reimbursements. However, this requires submitting an invoice/quote at least one week in advance of the event. If you are purchasing:
- Make sure the items you need are available and take a screenshot/picture of the order and price.
- Send this screenshot/picture, along with the order link, to firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week in advance of the event.
- The payment will then be processed and you can pick up your supplies.
Food: We have an agreement with certain restaurants in the neighborhood whereby food can be purchased ahead of time.
- Check to see if the restaurant is on this list. If not, let us know and we can try to have it added.
- If it is on the list, reach out to the restaurant for an invoice and then send the invoice to email@example.com at least one week in advance of the event.
- The payment will then be processed and you can pick up your food on the day of the event.
What if I plan a last-minute event or need something from a non pre-approved vendor?
If you do not have enough advance time or there is another extenuating circumstance, you can always make the purchase directly and then submit for a reimbursement. If you are seeking a reimbursement:
Prior to Making a Purchase:
- Show the Mount Sinai Tax Exempt Form to vendors to avoid paying sales tax on your purchase, which we cannot reimburse.
- Make sure to ask for an itemized receipt.
- Save your receipts.
After Making a Purchase:
- Save your receipts until the day you have your money back. For receipts totaling over $200 (even if you are being reimbursed for less), you need a credit card statement with your (A) Name, (B) Last 4 digits, and (C) Charge with date
- Email all the components in one message to firstname.lastname@example.org: (1) individual pictures for each receipt, (2) completed reimbursement form, and (3) credit card statement, if necessary. This should be submitted within four weeks of the purchase.
- The student treasurers will approve your request and send it to Medical Education for further processing, which will take two-three weeks. If the reimbursement is <$200 you will pick up petty cash from the cashier on the Annenberg MC level (you will need original receipts for this). If it is >$200, you will receive a check from him directly or direct deposit if you are on a stipend. Reimbursements over $200 will likely take three-four weeks.
I have an idea for a new group and want to receive Student Council funding — what do I need to do?
To receive funding from Student Council, groups must be recognized by Student Council and propose a budget. To begin this process, please fill out this application. Please note that even if you don’t want Student Council funding, you should still seek recognition as only Student Council recognized groups can participate in the Activities Fair.
Some things you will need to think about before this process are:
- What do you want to do?
- What kinds of activities are you holding? For whom? How many times a semester?
- Is there a group that already does what you do? Would it be more appropriate to be a branch of that group? Why or why not?
- Do you want funding? How much?
- How will you ensure that shared resources are maintained from year to year?
- Do you have a faculty advisor? (You will need one to be recognized.)
- Have you made a website on WebCommons? If not, do so here.
- Have you set up an email?
Once you have formulated answers to these questions and sent them to the treasurers, your group’s proposal will be voted on by Student Council class and program representatives.
This has been helpful, but I still have questions — who should I email?
Please contact email@example.com with any questions — this email is constantly monitored and you will get a prompt response.