ASUC 1st student government to approve new UCSA funding model

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The ASUC Senate passed a resolution Wednesday in support of a UC Student Association proposal to restructure the organization’s funding method, making the ASUC the first student government in the UC system to officially support the change.

The UCSA currently relies on membership dues collected by student governments at each campus and some financial support from the UC Office of the President. Some UCSA programs are funded through grants.

The resolution supports an individual, voluntary opt-out fee adjusted regularly for inflation to replace the present membership dues funding model. According to the resolution, the current funding model uses more than $33,000 of the ASUC operating budget.

During the meeting, UCSA President Kevin Sabo said the fee would mainly go toward services to help improve student representation across the UC system, such as providing transportation for UCSA legislative advocacy trips to Washington, D.C. and Sacramento.

Jessie Qian covers student government. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @jessieq96.