The Graduate and Professional Allocations Committee (GPAC) is responsible for reviewing funding requests from over 500 student organizations on campus and making funding recommendations to Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSG).

GPAC is composed of seven students representing the GPSG member governments to review and allocation funds––Graduate College, Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Law, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, and College of Nursing.
GPAC's undergraduate counterpart is the Student Auditing Budgeting and Allocations Committee (SABAC). GPAC works closely with the President of GPSG and Student Organization Business Office (SOBO) to serve and support student activities both on- and off-campus.
In the 2018-19 academic year, GPAC transitioned to only funding graduate and professional student organizations. As a result, the main initiative of GPAC for the 2020-21 academic year is to revise the reviewing criteria to prioritize the funding requests for graduate and professional student activities and events. Meanwhile, GPAC intends to broaden its reach among student organizations by representatives from different colleges and through events and social media.
If you have questions about how GPSG makes funding decisions, please email Finance Director Eldon Sorensen or GPAC Chair Eric Field. If you have questions about access to or technical issues with the Engage platform, contact Leadership, Service & Civic Engagement at or (319) 335-3059.

Academic Year 2021–2022 Student Org Budget Deadlines

Cycle Deadline Funding Recommendation Time Period:
Funding Period 2 Friday, September 24, 2021, 11:59pm Late Fall/Early Spring
Funding Period 3 Friday, January 28, 2022, 11:59pm Mid-to-Late Spring
Funding Period 1 Friday, April 29, 2022, 11:59pm Early Fall

In an effort to serve your student organizations needs GPSG will now be utilizing a funding model consisting of three equally funded periods. Each period, approximately $20,000 will be available for allocation. GPAC will be prioritizing requests based on the dates of expenditures. Please use the guidelines below to decide when to apply for funding to maximize your chances of successfully funding your organization. Requests occurring outside of the recommended time period will be considered if funds are available. 

Applying for student org funding 

Step 1: Log-on to your org's Engage page.

Step 2: If you don't have access to the treasury module on Engage, request it from a group admin.

Step 3: Complete the budget request form by going to Org Budget Requests → My Budget Requests → Create Request, and selecting the GPSG Funding Request form.

Step 4: Wait for the review committee's recommendation (see 'Review Process' below).

Review Process and Maximum Funding Standards

All University of Iowa graduate and professional student organizations' requests for funding will be reviewed by the GPSG budget committee, called GPAC (Graduate & Professional Allocation Committee). When GPAC reviews your application for funds, they rely on annually revised GPAC Funding Guidelines and Tenets:

GPAC Funding Guidelines and Tenets 2021-2022

You should use this document to help ensure you have a complete, and realistic budget proposal. 

GPAC Representatives 2021-2022 

Committee Chair, GPAC Director Eric Field
Carver College of Medicine Katherine Merritt
 College of Dentistry Caroline LaRoy
College of Law Isabella Neuberg
College of Pharmacy Caelee Batterson
College of Public Health Eldon Sorensen
Graduate College Emma Gabriele
College of Nursing Mikayla Bruce

The Final Decision

GPAC does not make the final decision on student org funding; they make a recommendation to the GPSG delegates, who are elected representatives of the graduate and professional student body. Because the delegates make the final funding decision, student orgs wishing to contest GPAC's recommendation must make their case directly to the delegates. In order to do so, student orgs must alert the GPAC Chair of their intent to appear before the delegates via email at least 24 hours before GPSG is scheduled to meet. GPSG meetings are posted on the webpage. 

Rules and Regulations 

Post Funding Requirements

  • Advertising and Marketing

If your student organization was allocated funding from GPAC, your organization must include the GPSG logo on your marketing and advertising paperwork, e.g. fliers, posters etc.

White Logo

GPSG Seal Logo (Note: this is being updated)

  • Large Event Follow Up Form

If your organization was allocated greater than $250 for an event, you must submit a Large Event Follow Up Form. You can obtain this form from the SOBO at the IMU (132 IMU).