SOFA | Student Organization Funding

Special Note:  There have been significant changes to SOFA effective Fall 2023, please continue to read for full details regarding how SOFA is operating this academic year!

Please read the entire page before clicking the link at the bottom to submit an application!

The Student Organization Funding Advisory (SOFA) Committee serves as the SUA's body for assessing funding requests from Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) on our campus. SOFA is comprised of representatives from the ten colleges in addition to representatives appointed from the Big Five organizations.This committee will meet once during Fall and twice during Winter and Spring to assess where approximately $26,000 in Undergraduate Student Fees are allocated each quarter.

The step-by-step process for funding allocations is as follows:

  1. An Application Period (One Week) is established to allow Registered Student Organizations to apply for funding.
  2. SOFA contacts the Registered Student Organization to inform them of their time slot at the upcoming SOFA meeting to present their budget. SOFA usually meets very quickly after applications close to expedite the funding request process. See the section below on How to Prepare for Your Presentation to SOFA!
  3. SOFA presents these recommendations to the Student Union Assembly for their review and so that college spaces may provide input regarding the final funding decisions.
  4. The following week, the SUA makes a final vote on the funding requests.
  5. Upon approval, Registered Student Organizations are contacted by the SUA Treasurer with their funding award.
  6. Finally, a funding transfer is established from the SUA that must be accepted by the RSO's financial analyst or advisor.
  7. After the event, the student organization submits an Evaluation form regarding the event.

Note:  All funding transfers require the use of a FOAPAL (Fund Organization Account Program Activity Location) number. If the Registered Student Organization does not have access to a FOAPAL number, the SUA cannot directly fund that organization. We recommend that Registered Student Organizations in this situation either seek sponsorship from a UCSC Unit or Department (that will allow the SO to utilize their FOAPAL number) or seek funding from other sources like the Division of Student Success.

How to Prepare for Your Presentation to SOFA

Preparing your case to SOFA to get your Registered Student Organization the funding it needs can be an intimidating prospect.  That said, it is imperative that SOFA is able to meet with SO members and assess a presentation on its own merits.  SOFA is not a formal space and therefore there is no need to treat your presentation like an intensive interview.  What SOFA values more than anything else is information and an assessment of your funding request based on how it impacts the student body.  With that said, you can follow these steps to prepare for your presentation.

  1. Prepare a full budget for your funding request.
    • We have prepared a Sample Budget for your convenience to make this easier!  
    • You can also contact the SUA Treasurer at to ask any questions!
  2. Prepare answers to the following questions with any supporting evidence you can provide:
    • Does the event or program supply opportunities for the educational benefits and personal and social enrichment that derive from participation in extracurricular activities?
    • Goals: Has the organization met its goals in the past?
    • Benefits: The impact of the event/program on the campus community as a whole, community service.
    • Uniqueness: Avoidance of duplication of efforts or services by other organizations, events or programs.
    • Diversity: Does the program/event advance the accessibility of the University to historically underrepresented groups?
    • Impact: How many students will participate in, attend and/or benefit from the event?
  3. Prepare a visual aid (Google Slides, PowerPoint, Posters, etc) to help convey the importance of your request and the underlying details about it.
  4. Brief any members of your SO who will be joining in the presentation so that everyone presenting is comfortable answering questions and explaining the funding request.
  5. Submit all of the prepared materials to at least 24 hours before the meeting (if not already included in your SOFA application) so that they can be readied for the meeting.

Funding Schedule for the 2023-2024 Academic Year 

The following is the effective SOFA schedule for 2023-2024.  This schedule has been established to give Registered Student Organizations an understanding of the timeline for funding requests throughout the entire academic year.  Although the SUA and SOFA intend to fully stick to this schedule, unforeseen circumstances may cause a shift.  In such a case, any applying Student Organization will be contacted by the SUA Treasurer and this page will be updated.  

The Generic Timeline is as follows:

Table of Generic SOFA Timeline
Quarter Applications Open Applications Close SOFA Meets Introduced to the SUA  SUA Approves Anticipated Fund Availability Date

Fall Quarter

Tuesday, Week 5  Wednesday, Week 6

Thursday, Week 6 

Tuesday, Week 8

Tuesday, Week 9

Friday, Week 9

Winter Quarter

Monday, Week 3

Week 4 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
Spring Quarter

 Week 2

Week 3 Week 3 & 4 Week 4 Week 5 Week 5

Here is how this will be applied in terms of actual dates for the 2023-2024 Academic Year!

Table of Specific SOFA Timeline
Quarter Applications Open Applications Close SOFA Meets Introduced to the SUA  SUA Approves Anticipated Fund Availability Date

Fall Quarter 2023

Week 5 Week 6

Week 6 & 7

Week 8

Week 9

Week 9

Tuesday, October 31st Wednesday, November 8th

Thursday, November 9th

Tuesday, November 21st

Tuesday, November 28th

Friday, November 29th

Winter Quarter 2024 Week 3 Week 4 Week 4 & 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 7
Monday, January 22
Spring Quarter 2024 Week 2 Week 3 Week 3 & 4 Week 4 Week 5 Week 5
April 8 April 16 @ 11:59PM

Friday, April 19

April 23 April 30 TBD



The following stipulations apply to all funding awards. The Assembly may also add additional stipulations to individual requests.

  • All programs which receive funding from any SUA elective office/commission or the General Fund shall publicly recognize SUA as a sponsor of said program/event (e.g. Mic announcements, T-Shirts, Publications, etc.).
  • All parties which receive funding from any SUA elective office/commission or RSO and Reserve funds must turn in an SUA Programming Evaluation form within three weeks after the event has passed explaining how SUA money was used and how the event succeeded and failed and where organizers plan on improving future events or programs.
  • The Student Union Assembly will not allocate money for any event where alcohol or any other mind-altering substances will be available.
  • The Student Union Assembly will not finance programs or events retroactively.
    • There are generally two weeks between when presentations are heard and the Assembly makes a final decision—please keep this in mind when making a request.

SOFA Application 

*An incomplete SOFA application form and not sending the SUA Treasurer your itemized budget is considered an incomplete SOFA application and will NOT be reviewed.

Thank you for reading and learning more about SOFA this year!  Please click the button below to begin your application.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please direct them to the SUA Treasurer at  Have a great day!