By Kevin Lopez
The Grand Rapids Community College Student Government will hold its first meeting of the semester on Sept. 18 in RJF hall, room 108/109 from noon to 2 p.m.
The student leaders will be discussing their budget plan for the 2023-24 school year and how the funds will be allocated. They will also respond to allocation requests from student groups.
According to their proposed budget plan, funding for most budget items will be reduced or funded at the same rate as last year except the food pantry, which will get $1,000 extra to support students.
The student government budget comes from the student activity fee paid by all enrolled students. Full-time students pay $10, while part-time students pay $5 per semester.
These funds provide financial support for student organizations and the GoSeeGR program, a program that allows students and faculty to gain free entry to designated local venues. The budget also supports paid stipends for student leaders of the Campus Activities Board, Student Government and The Collegiate.
Student Government will also get extra money to support other groups as they will receive $5,000 extra to allocate.
The Collegiate reached out to Nicholas Thomasma, Student Government’s Communications Director, on Friday, Sept. 15 but he couldn’t be reached for comment.
Student Government holds bi-weekly town hall meetings and the next meeting will be on Oct. 2 in RJF hall room 108/109 from noon to 2 p.m.