Student Body Association



Request Money

The SBA gives

  • Initial Seed money to each student organization at its founding
  • Community Building funds to each cohort of student to support the community building activities of that cohort, which is approximately $20 per person per cohort per year (August through July). The cohort must agree on how these funds are to be used, and the funds must be used toward community building of that cohort.
  • Financial Support for any event that brings different cohort, programs, or campuses together

You can request funds through your Organization or Cohort page in SMU Pulse.

You can request SBA support by emailing SBA

Here are some instructions on how to request funds in SMU Pulse: How to Access Club or Cohort Funds


Here are the guidelines for the use of funds:

  • Cohort funds must be used on the cohort, and cannot be given back to individual students;
  • You can spend them on any kind of cohort community building activity (dinner party, sweatshirts, trip, pinning, etc) that you want, as long as it is legal and ethical;
  • The class/cohort has to vote on how to use them, using whatever standard your cohort wants to use (majority, unanimous, 2/3rd etc);
  • The money is intended to be used in the year it is given (i.e.: September 2017-August 2018) rather than being saved for the last semester, and you must use 60% of your funds each year to carry the balance forward into the next academic year;
  • This allocation is given once per year out of the SBA funds that you pay;
  • You don’t need approval to spend it (as long as you follow the above rules), and you can access the money by submitting a purchase request in your cohort page in SMU Pulse;
  • An individual student can prepay and be reimbursed with receipts, or an organization can be paid in advance with an invoice. No student can be given money in advance;


















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