Financial Affairs

Notes from the VP of Financial Affairs

GSA's purpose is to improve and enrich graduate and professional student life at UCSD. One way we do this is by providing funding for events and organizations that benefit grad students.

Academic & Professional Fund: The Academic & Professional Fund is designed to fund intradepartmental academic colloquia & professional events. Funding proposals may include requests for honoraria or travel for speakers, and/or refreshments for events.

Given to each department based on the number of graduate students in the department. This funding may be used for a variety of purposes (parties, coffee hours, capital equipment, etc.).

Early Request Fund: The Early Request fund is used to covers events and funding requests which occur over the summer, including June and September.

Family Friendly Fund: The Family Friendly Fund is designed to provide funding for family-oriented graduate student events.

General Request Fund: Use this for to apply for funding for interdepartmental graduate social events, seminars, talks, or other cultural activities of interest to graduate students. Also, any graduate student organization registered with the Center for Student Involvement may request money from this fund.

Lounge Improvement Fund: Provides funding for creation or improvement of (generally departmental) graduate lounges.

Please submit an online funding request here to request money from any of the funds.

Reimbursement Form

Note: If you have any difficulty filling out any of these forms, please fill out the form to the best of your ability, and then e-mail the VP Finance ( with any additional information, questions, problems, etc. If you cannot submit the form by email, please print it out and drop it off at the GSA office.

For more information please see Funding Process and Tips and Financial By-laws.

GSA Budget for 2013-14 as attached

The 2012-13, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2008-2009, and 2009-2010 GSA budgets are also available.

While perhaps an aside from GSA specific funding, our Office of Graduate Studies hosts a webpage of policies and procedures governing payroll related information (including stipend rates, see the guides for TAs and GSRs), and the Chronicle of Higher Education has a nice survey of grad stipends at a number of peer institutions.