The Stout Student Association believes that all student voices are important. We also recognize that serving in a student association as a representative requires a great deal of time, and that for many students, that means time away from potentially working. We pay all of our student representatives (aside from standing committee members) to open up service to a broader base of students, especially those who are low income or otherwise marginalized. Additionally, compensating representatives ensures they can set aside the time required to fully execute their responsibilities, whether that be advocating for students or carrying out day-to-day SSA functions.
Payment is processed as a scholarship through UW-Stout's Financial Aid Office. If students still owe money for tuition or fees, payment will cover that outstanding balance. If students do not have an outstanding balance when scholarships are distributed, SSA scholarships are processed as a financial aid reimbursement and received in the form of a check or direct deposit.
Funding to pay SSA representatives, along with funding for the majority of SSA's direct initiatives, comes from the Student Organizations/Student Activity segregated fee. The SSA Vice President prepares SSA's budget proposal, while the full University Student Senate adopts the final budget for Student Organizations/Student Activity segregated fee expenditures.