Student Affairs Professional Development Fund

Thank you for your interest in the Student Affairs Staff Development Committee's professional development funding program. The goal of this program is to provide monetary support to Student Affairs staff who wish to pursue professional development, but are unable to do so due to budgetary restrictions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the professional development fund?

    The Student Affairs Staff Development Committee's (SASDC) Professional Development Fund program provides monetary support for participation in on- or off-campus programs, events, training, or needs that are directly job-related. The funding provides support due to budgetary restrictions and is not a primary source of funding.

  • Who is eligible?

    All Student Affairs employees, and graduate students are eligible to apply for funding.

  • What is covered by the fund?

    Funding is available to cover costs associated with travel, registration for workshops, conferences, seminars, and webinars. All funding awarded is in accordance with Wright Way Policy.

    The committee will give priority to:

    • Those applicants with significant financial need and without other funding options.
    • Programs providing skills training.

    Funding will not be provided for the following:

    • Food, office supplies, subscriptions, and academic tuition.
  • How to apply for funds?

    The staff member must first discuss the activity with their supervisor. If the office/department does not have the funds available then the staff member may submit an application. A detailed budget, information about the activity, and how it relates to the job will be required.

  • What is the approval process?

    The SASDC meets monthly, and members will review requests at that time. According to available funds and eligibility, the committee will approve or deny the requests on the basis of the majority rule. Applicants will receive an email notification as to whether a request has been approved or denied. If a request has been denied, an explanation will be provided in a timely manner. If a request is approved, the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs will contact the funding recipient to arrange for completion of required forms.  Upon completion of the professional development activity, receipts and forms must be submitted to the Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs to arrange for reimbursement to the individual or the employee's department.

  • Whom to contact?

    If you should have any questions please contact any committee member or submit an email to

All applications will be considered; however, preference will be granted to those with significant financial need and without other funding options. Applications should be submitted within a minimum of 30 days prior to the proposed activity/project. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit requests 60 days prior to the proposed activity/project. Funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis.

If you have questions about this form or the SASDC funding program, please contact Dr. Gary Dickstein at

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