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The Student Activities Funding Commission (SAFC) is tasked with allocating over $1.5 million to various student organizations at Cornell. Each year, over 500 registered student organizations benefit from the receipt of SAFC funds.

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If you are interested in joining SAFC, learn more about our recruitment process and review frequently asked questions.

How the Funding Process Works

Each semester, groups apply for funds, the SAFC allocates funds, and groups spend funds. This leads to three levels of funding: (1) funds applied for, (2) allocated funds, and (3) spent funds. The Funding Process consists of the following basic steps:

For more information and comprehensive, step-by-step lists for each stage of funding, view Applying for Funds (this page includes allocation process too) and Spending Funds.

Where Funds Originate

The SAFC is responsible for allocating a portion of the undergraduate student activity fee, which is a component of each student's Tuition and Fees collected by the Office of the Bursar.

Every two years, the SA Appropriations Committee sets allocations for the student activity fee between byline funded organizations under the leadership of the SA Vice President of Finance. The SAFC is one of many byline funded organizations. Other examples of byline funded organizations include Class Councils, Slope Day Programming Board, Cornell Concert Commission, CU Tonight, and other groups.

Each semester, the SAFC distributes its allocation of byline funds to SAFC funded organizations through the SAFC allocation process. Relevant figures related to byline funds, SAFC's allocation of byline funds, and organizations receiving SAFC funds are shown in the table below:

  2012 - 2013 2013 - 2014 2014 - 2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Student Activity Fee (Per Student) $229.00 $229.00 $236.00 $236.00 $241.00
SAFC Allocation (Per Student) $84.16 $84.16 $89.12 $89.12 $94.00
Number of SAFC Funded Organizations 505 503 513 521 N/A

View data about byline allocations and historical SAFC data.