Funding and Financials | NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Funding and Financials

Funding for Student Clubs

Student organizations recognized by the University receive various forms of support from the Office of Student Leadership & Engagement and Student Council. A major portion of the annual budget is allocated to student organizations to support programs executed by student groups and the Office of Student Leadership & Engagement, as well as other counterparts within Student Life & Services. The Office of Student Leadership & Engagement and Student Councils assist organizations by funding programs benefiting the entire student population.

Initial Allocation Funding

  • All clubs and organizations will receive an initial funding allocation at the beginning of each semester. This allocation is to be used for programming for the semester in which it is allocated. Organizations are not required to submit requests to use their initial funding allocation for events, but are required to follow the spending guidelines outlined below and follow the reimbursement procedure in order to be reimbursed from their account. Funding decisions are based on amount spent in previous semesters and engagement level, as measured by number of events and attendance. Failure to register events on NYU Engage (OrgSync) and/or take attendance on NYU Engage may result in a reduction in funding for the following semester. OSL&E reserves the right to decrease a club’s funding to failure to adhere to policies and procedures outlined in the OSL&E Student Club Handbook.
  • Funds will not roll over from semester to semester. If any organization would like to roll over their funding, they must meet with their Graduate Assistant prior to the beginning of the new semester. Exceptions will be granted by OSL&E on a case-by-case basis.

Supplemental Funding

  • Student Council allows for supplemental funding requests to be made once per month. Any student organization wishing to obtain supplemental funding must submit the Supplemental Funding Request Form via NYU Engage. Limited supplemental funding is available. Therefore, organizations should ensure that they are using their initial allocation to its full potential before requesting supplemental funding. Supplemental Funding can be requested for three (3) reasons:

    • New Initiative or Program
    • Co-Sponsorship with Student Council
    • Competition, Conference, Project, or Research

Payments and Reimbursements

Once your event or program has been approved for space and funding, you may need to reimburse your club members or pay vendors. All reimbursements must be completed during the semester in which the event happened by the deadline set by OSL&E (usually the last day of classes). OSL&E reserves the right to deny reimbursement requests made the semester after the event has occurred. All paperwork should be submitted via NYU Engage and must include:

  • Student Expense Reimbursement Form
  • Itemized original receipt, invoice, or contract (Note: all contracts must be signed by OSL&E)
  • Approved Event Request Form from NYU Engage for event corresponding to the reimbursement.

Student Expense Reimbursement Form (NYU Engage)
This form is used to reimburse NYU students who have paid for items out-of-pocket for their specific student clubs. The student to be reimbursed must complete and submit this form. An original receipt that is itemized must be attached to this form. Students will only be reimbursed if funding has been pre-approved.

Contracts and Purchase Orders

Student organizations and their officers are not permitted to sign contracts on behalf of NYU. Any clubs making payments to external vendors or individuals that require a signed contract, regardless of the method (credit card, check, or wire transfer) must contact their Staff Advisor to start the payment process.


Fundraising and Sponsorship

We strongly encourage our student clubs to seek funding avenues beyond those provided by the Student Council. Student clubs have the ability to fundraise as well as to seek donations and sponsorship from outside organizations.

Your organization must register your intentions with the OSL&E. We also strongly encourage you to set up a meeting with your Graduate Assistant to review any donation requests.

Fundraising Request Form (on NYU Engage Event Request Form)
If your organization wishes to conduct a fundraiser (either on campus or off campus), please complete and submit an event request form to OSL&E at least three (3) weeks prior to the planned event. 

Donation and Sponsorship Request Form (on NYU Engage)
To be utilized when seeking outside donations and/or sponsorship. All intentions to request funds must be registered with OSL&E and all incoming funds must be processed through University Development and Alumni Relations for record keeping and tax purposes. Clubs must use the request form to upload their donation request materials and their list of intended recipients in order to receive approval to seek outside donations/sponsorship. If clubs need assistance drafting a donation/sponsorship letter, there is a Donation Request Template available on NYU Engage or reach out to 

Student Life Conference & Competition Fund (on NYU Engage)
The Student Life Conference & Competition Fund through the Office of Student Life & Services exists to support individual students, OSL&E recognized student clubs, and other student groups to attend local, regional, and national conferences and competitions. All individual students and OSL&E recognized student clubs are eligible to request assistance to attend a conference or competition from the Student Life Conference & Competition Fund once an academic year. Applications are due no later than 3 weeks before the start date of the competition or conference. Please see the NYU Engage form for complete eligibility details.

Women at Tandon Alumni Advisory Council Student Engagement Award (web application)
Through the established giving circles, the Alumni Advisory Council will be able to support students who wish to participate in opportunities designed to enrich their undergraduate and graduate experience. Membership fees will go towards supporting women students’ participation in professional conferences, internships, Study Away, or research. 

Student Senators' Council (SSC) Conference Fund (web application)
The Student Senators Council (SSC), with the generous assistance of the Senior Vice-Provost for Research, established a fund to support students traveling to conferences to present a project. The Conference Fund is available to all students, both undergraduate and graduate, who are looking for funding to attend a conference related to their academic or professional goals.The conference fund provides awards of up to $750.00 for domestic travel and up to $1,000.00 for international travel. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis via the online form linked above.

Office of Global Services Co-Sponsorship (on NYU Engage)
The Office of Global Services (OGS) allows student clubs and NYU organizations to request co-sponsorship for NYU events specifically for international students. If co-sponsorship is approved, NYU OGS asks that the OGS logo be included in any advertising of the event. Please complete the application at least three weeks in advance of your event in order to request a co-sponsorship.

Collection of Funds Form (pdf)
This form should be submitted to deposit any donations or funds raised on behalf of your organization to your account.