GAPSA gets partial funding

An investigation of the group’s finances is ongoing, but it will now get $70K in student fees.

by Haley Hansen

The Graduate Student and Professional Assembly has a more secure financial future as of Tuesday, following months of uncertainty regarding its funding.

GAPSA President Alfonso Sintjago said the Office for Student Affairs unfroze $70,000 of the group’s funding, which gives GAPSA less than one-third of its overall budget for the school year.

Despite receiving some of its funds, an investigation into GAPSA’s finances regarding a budget discrepancy continues, and the group is still waiting to receive its full allocation.

Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young withheld the group’s funding for a $93,000 budget discrepancy in May and launched an investigation into its finances led by Deloitte and Touche LLP.

The group also received a 35 percent cut to its 2014-15 fees request for failing to comply with Student Services Fees Committee deadlines. GAPSA received more than $390,000 in student services fees last school year.

Sintjago said the group will use the $70,000 for pass-through funding to its councils, its grants program and operational expenses.

“Being able to have pass-through [funding] and grants is a big deal,” he said.