The Student Services Fee (SSF) at the University of Minnesota enhances the student experience and provides services and support that benefit the campus community. Contrary to many other grant programs that are event or program-specific, Student Services Fees may be requested in the form of a group’s semesterly budget. The process is student-led, advised by the Office for Student Affairs (OSA), and all committee activities are open to the public. Recommendations for funding are made in a viewpoint-neutral manner and are driven by guidelines for decision-making that are outlined in the SSF Student Groups Handbook. A student group in the SSF process must be registered with Student Activities as a Registered Student Organization or Campus Life Program.
Student groups are allowed to apply for Student Services Fee funding when they have been registered for one calendar year prior to the annual Student Services Fee application deadline. Please see the Student Services Fees website for information about the application process, policies and procedures including timelines, and the related documentation.
Student groups that receive funding from Student Services Fees have additional responsibility and accountability to the University community through the Student Services Fees Committee for all aspects of operations and activities relating to and involving Student Services Fees funds. This accountability is a required condition of requesting and receiving Student Services Fees funds, and in no way alters the status of the student group’s relationship to the University. Please see Partisan Activity Statement for greater details regarding Student Services Fees funding.
The following grant opportunities are not coordinated by the Student Activities Office, and the information published is subject to change. Please contact the sponsoring organization or department listed for further information about specific grants.
Campus life programs affiliated with a CBS department, student groups associated with a CBS major, and other student groups with academic, career exploration, or research initiatives that are related to the interest of CBS students are eligible to receive grants.
CEHD offers conference presentation and research development grants for all CEHD graduate and professional students, as well as professional development grants for CEHD professional students.
COGS provides four grant opportunities to students: Graduate Student Event Grant, Student Group Development Grant, Conference Travel Grant, and Career Development Grant.
Women's Center Gender Equity Grants seek to support a more inclusive, diverse University community with an enhanced campus climate for women faculty, staff, and students. Gender Equity Grants are intended to foster and support increased awareness, improved understanding, and institutional change.
The Minnesota Student Associations offers a variety of grants for registered student organizations that can assist with their operational and event costs.
The Professional Student Government offers a variety of grant programs for professional students and student organizations with a professional student focus. These include Academic Grants, Professional Development Grants, Inter-council Grants, and Social Grants.
UDS offers a food donation program to enhance and build community at the University of Minnesota. This program is open to University of Minnesota registered student organizations and departments in support of academic projects and improvements to already successful academic programs. Groups are eligible for up to $250 worth of food, beverage, and gift certificate donations from a number of on-campus vendors.