ASM Internal Budget

Each year, ASM students adopt a budget to carry out the mission of their student association at UW–Madison.


  1. Coordinating Council implements a procedure for reviewing and drafting a new budget, led by the Student Council Chair and Vice Chair.
  2. Coordinating Council drafts an internal budget and submits it to Student Council no later than Nov. 1.
  3. Student Council debates and adopts a budget with a majority vote. The adopted budget is sent to SSFC for review.
  4. The Student Council Chair presents the budget to SSFC. SSFC may amend the budget with a majority vote. The SSFC adopted version of the budget is sent back to Student Council for review.
  5. Student Council may amend the SSFC version of the budget with a two-thirds vote.
  6. Student Council must adopt a final version of the budget with a majority vote by Feb. 21.

ASM Internal Budget Components

Here’s what’s included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 18 budget, which runs from July 1, 2017 – June 30 2018:

Support for Students and Organizations (66% of total budget)

Wages and fringe costs for four professional financial staff, ASM office hourly employees, and food pantry student employees. $239,101

Supply and service costs for the Student Organization Fair co-sponsorship; Grant Allocation Committee event, operation, travel, and open fund grants for student organizations; funding for disability accommodations at student activities; hosting state and national student coalition meetings; the Tenant Resource Center contract; and the Rape Crisis Center contract. $677,000

Leadership Development Programming (22% of total budget)

Wages and fringe costs for two advisors, student hourly press office assistants, and a student vote organizer. $150,535

Stipends for most committee chairs, student council officers, the outreach director, the press office director, and the equity and inclusion liaisons. $134,425

Food pantry; voter registration, education and GOTV; and general ASM programming. $3,200

Travel to state and national events such as meetings of the Board of Regents, USSA, ABTS, and UW System Student Reps. $10,000

Orientations and trainings on and off campus for interns, student council, grant allocation committee, ASM staff, coordinating council, and students in general. $6,800

Event costs associated with the campus-wide ASM student leadership conference, the ASM recruitment drives, and ASM volunteer appreciation. $4,000

Administrative Functions (12% of total budget)

Wages and fringe costs for the ASM Assistant Dean/Director who manages the staff. $106,172

Printing, postage, office supplies, the campus technology fee, telephone lines, the copy machine contract, and website hosting. $42,650

Advertising for ASM outreach and recruitment and advertising for open staff positions. $1,700

Computer equipment maintenance and replacement. $4,000

Total ASM internal budget for 2017 – 2018:

View the full ASM Internal Budget for 2014 – 2018 (PDF)

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