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How to Fund Your Membership in ASGA Here are some ideas on how you can fund your membership in ASGA.
Pay the dues out of your own budget. This is the most common way that SGs pay their dues. ASGA's annual dues range from $297 for the smallest colleges and universities to $997 for the largest institutions. Being an ASGA member is an investment in your Student Government's professional development. Your president, dean of students, director of student activities, and editor of your campus paper all belong to professional associations in their fields of expertise. Your SG deserves to have the same professional resources as they do!
See if your advisor can help you find the funds. Many advisors nationwide have paid for ASGA membership from their budgets or have partially funded ASGA membership. Having a better Student Government will help your advisor, so he/she should support your membership.
Ask your student affairs vice president or dean to help. Many student affairs vice presidents and deans have partially or fully funded their Student Government's membership in ASGA. It is to the advantage and benefit of your institution to support you becoming a more effective Student Government. A more effective SG means more involvement in campus activities. This leads to better retention of current students, easier recruiting of new students, and more alumni involvement. Your student affairs vice presidents and deans can and should support your ASGA membership financially if you don't have the funds in your own budget.
Solicit your college or university president directly. Several college and university presidents have funded ASGA membership or have helped the SG find the funds to join ASGA.
Solicit your board of trustees. If you make the argument that a collaborative, effective Student Government will help the college keep students in school, recruit new students, and encourage more financial contributions from alumni, then you may be able to get the board of trustees to help you fund ASGA membership.
Solicit the support of your campus newspaper. Make your case to the editor of your campus paper. Your justification for joining ASGA is simple and clear: joining ASGA is an investment in your student government and in improving and growing to serve your students better.
It's almost certain that your campus newspaper editors and their advisor belong to associations like the College Media Advisors and Collegiate Press Association and other "trade" groups such as the Society of Professional Journalists.
This is the student government version of CMA, CPA, and SPJ.
For them to belong to their own organizations and not support your involvement in a group that supports you is not logical and would be hypocritical.
Fundraise ASGA membership is only $297 for most schools. Even the largest schools pay just $997 (membership dues are based on your full-time enrollment). It won't be hard to raise a few hundred dollars to fund ASGA membership.
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The American Student Government Association will provide all Student Government leaders and advisors nationwide with networking, research, and information resources and will teach them how to become more effective, ethical, and influential leaders on their campuses. ASGA also will promote the advancement of SGs, conduct research as the nation’s only “SG Think Tank,” and advocate the importance of having a vibrant, autonomous Student Government organization at every institution in America.