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Your Idea + Our Money = Awesome Events

A First Year FUNd is a social event, cultural activity, or local excursion planned for first-year students, and the FDO covers the full or partial cost of your event. Although First Year FUNd events tend to be smaller-scale events (under 50 people), freshmen are encouraged to open the event to the entire class as a way to meet other first-year students.

How the process works

1) Who is eligible for a First Year FUNd?

    • Proctors
    • PAFs
    • First-year students

2) Think of an event you would like to plan and host that others might also enjoy.

    • Where you will the event take place?
    • When is the ideal time?
    • Who is likely to come?

Events organized through the First Year FUNd program usually cost between $75 and $100 and are held in one of the many common spaces in the freshman dorms. Other options are possible though so never hesitate to think big.

3) Complete the First Year FUNd proposal form to notify the FDO of your proposal and request for funds.

4) The FDO will set up a meeting with you to discuss the proposal and potential budget.

If you have not heard from the FDO within one week, contact Seren Ozkan.

5) Work with friends, your proctor, and the FDO to organize and advertise your event.

6) Host the event!

7) Follow up with the FDO to finalize reimbursements and share feedback about the success of the event.

Questions can be sent to the Freshman Dean's Office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once my program is approved and funded, how do I access the funds?

When your event is approved, the FDO will help you plan according to the budget. Typically, students will need to pay for SIP expenses up front, but save your receipts in order to submit them to the FDO for reimbursement. The reimbursement process can take up to a month after receipts are submitted.

What is a reasonable budget for a First Year FUNd event?

Most events are designed for a relatively small number of participants, so budgets should be planned accordingly. A cooking event for 25 people might cost $100 for groceries and supplies while a night of watching presidential debates for 50 people might only cost $65 for snacks and drinks.

What if I need transportation?

First Year FUNd events should generally be planned to use public transportation and the cost may be covered by your funding. If you wish to plan an excursion to a location with no public transport options, the FDO will help explore other means of transport, but the expense may be prohibitive.

How should I advertise my event?

The FDO will help advertise your First Year FUNd event appropriately based on the event. Most events are open to any first year students who want to come and are therefore advertised in the Yard Bulletin. Events targeted to a specific audience (e.g. members of a dorm) will be advertised more selectively.