Congress of Graduate Students




COGS Proposed Budget

Budget Meeting: March 6, 2017
Public Comment is Welcome

The COGS Annual Budget is enacted by the Congress approximately 6 months before each fiscal year starts. The COGS Annual Budget is proposed by the COGS Budget Committee. This committee is composed of Representatives including the Deputy Speaker for Finance. The committee solicits and hears requests for funding for the fiscal year from student organizations, departments, programs, the COGS funding boards (MSC and LSC), and the COGS administration. This process is not required for RSOs to receive funding. It is intended for organizations that are planning events more than a year ahead of time.

The COGS budget for the next fiscal year has been set at $534,000. This represents a $31,000 (5.5%) decrease from the previous fiscal year.


Below you will find the link to fill out the budget request packet for the 2017-2018 fiscal year from the Congress of Graduate Students. You can also find this link on the COGS website under the Funding tab (

Budget Packets for 2017-2018 fiscal year are due NO LATER than 12 p.m., Friday, January 20th, 2017. Hearings will be held on January 24th and 26th. The sign-up sheet is available on Doodle ( You may only select one time. Hearing times will start at 3:00 PM and will continue until all organizations have presented their information. If there are no more time slots left, please fill in the last time slot.


Hearings will be 15 minutes each followed by 5 minutes of questions by the committee. I will be providing the Budget Committee with an electronic copy of all submitted paperwork. If your organization has any supplemental information for the budget hearings, please provide at least 5 copies at the time of your hearing OR you may e-mail a copy to Please email this copy with enough time for me to disseminate to the committee.


During these hearings, the requesting organization is expected to come prepared and on time. Your organization is expected to be represented by either the president, vice president, or financial officer. The option of a past executive member and/or other organization affiliates will be suitable as well. There is no need to bring your entire organization.


In order to ensure a smooth and fair budget process, we ask that you use detail when you complete the packet and come prepared to answer questions concerning funds. Information about the COGS financial process and the various spending categories may be found in the COGS Financial Manual:


For questions, please contact the COGS Deputy Speaker for Finance at



Congress of Graduate Students

Who We Are

The Congress of Graduate Students (COGS) is the official representative body of graduate students at Florida State University. This includes all post-baccalaureate, special, masters, specialist, professional, and doctoral students.

In accordance to the Student Body Constitution, COGS is the part of student government dedicated to graduate students. As the body representing graduate students, COGS represents graduate student interests to the university and community, and is empowered to issue resolutions expressing the views of graduate students and calling attention to important issues. The Congress provides graduate students with grants for conference travel, and funds programs and activities across campus that are targeted at graduate students. Additionally, the Congress is a funding source for graduate student organizations. This is made possible by the Activities and Service (A&S) fees paid by students. Each year, COGS receives several hundred thousand dollars in funds directly from a portion of the A&S fees paid by graduate students to FSU. COGS has full authority in the oversight, regulation, and allocation of these funds to graduate students, graduate student organizations, and other programs at Florida State University. COGS has the responsibility to use these funds for the benefit of the student body.


The COGS Assembly

The COGS assembly is comprised of elected representatives from all 15 colleges and schools at the Florida State University. COGS is led by an elected Speaker who is supported by an Executive Board comprised of an elected Deputy Speaker for Finance, Deputy Speaker for Judicial Affairs and Deputy Speaker for Communication. The Speaker is the official representative of all graduate students to the university and community, and coordinates all administrative work necessary for the efficient operation of the Congress. The Deputy Speaker for Finance, along with the Speaker, oversees the financial decisions and expenditures of fund, and is second in line to the Speaker and assumes all of the Speaker’s responsibilities in his/her absence. The Deputy Speaker for Judicial Affairs and the Deputy Speaker for Communication assist in the administration and activities of the Congress.


COGS representatives and officers are elected to a one-year terms in the fall semester. Representatives are elected by the vote of graduate students in their respective constituencies (college, school, or graduate students as whole) during student government elections. Vacancies are filled by petition throughout the year. Executive officers are elected by the COGS representatives at the first meeting of the Congress, and upon vacancies.