In state law since 1974, students at University Wisconsin System institutions have had the legal right to allocate the portion of their own fees that go toward student activities and non-mandatory services. Every UW campus has a student controlled shared governance committee that is charged with carrying out this responsibility.
At UW–Madison, the ASM Student Services Finance Committee (SSFC) has control over large budgets and funding support. Smaller funding support for RSOs, such as operations, events, and travel, are allocated by the ASM Grant Allocation Committee (GAC).
All grant and budget decisions made by the SSFC and the GAC are made in a viewpoint neutral manner, as required by the United States Supreme Court.