GSA Suspending Funding Requests

As of October 20th, GSA has suspended all requests for new funding (PDG’s, Research Grants, Event Funding Requests, Spayne/Bollinger) until budgetary negotiations between GSA, Student Affairs, and UMass, Boston Administration are settled. All requests submitted to GSA before October 20th will be processed and honored in the usual manner.

GSA is not allowing students to complete or submit forms for new Professional Development Grants, Research Funding Grants, Spayne or Bollinger Applications, or Event Funding Requests.

We recognize that this suspension of funding requests presents an inconvenience, at best, and a serious financial challenge to students, at worst. GSA is suspending requests to speed up decisions on our budget for this year, which is still in flux due to ongoing campus-wide financial challenges.  Without final decisions on potential budget cuts, GSA cannot manage current spending responsibly or make and honor promises to students regarding future services for the year (e.g. PDG amounts or the number and amounts of Spayne/Bollinger grants).  

GSA is working diligently to settle this matter as quickly as possible, and will resume operations as normal once that occurs.

We imagine that students will have questions about this development. We are eager to answer any and all questions that you have to the best of our ability.  We also encourage students to respectfully express their concern regarding possible reductions in GSA services to the following administrative personnel who are working with us to determine our budget:

Gail DiSabatino, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs,

Ellen O’Connor, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance,

Sue Wolfe, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget and Financial Planning,

Meeting schedule for 2016-2017

The GSA meets every Thursday, 11:00 a.m -12:00 p.m., in the Campus Center, Room 3115.

Fall 2016 Office Hours CC-3404.01/2:

Monday 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Tuesday  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Wednesday 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Thursday 9:00 am – 11:00 am, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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