Fee Referendum Announcement


Basic Facts

The Graduate Student Association (GSA), which represents academic graduate students and professional students, is holding a referendum to increase the GSA fee by $5.15 per quarter. If the referendum is approved, the GSA fee would rise from $12.00 per quarter to $17.15 per quarter beginning in the 2016-2017 academic school year. The GSA Fee has not been changed since 2002. Over the past fourteen years, the graduate and professional student government budget has decreased significantly in real dollar terms.

The referendum voting period begins on Monday, February 22nd at 12:01 a.m. and concludes on Friday, February 26th at 11:59 p.m. 

Polling stations will be available at Coffee Bagel Donut Day on February 26.

Important Links

  • Voter’s Guide: Facts about the Referendum, along with Pro and Con arguments
  • Ballot: This is where you will go to vote. The page will open on February 22 at 12:01 a.m. (Please Note: You MUST log in with your ucdavis.edu email account. Private gmail accounts will not work!).

Questions? Please contact the GSA Elections Committee (gsaelections@ucdavis.edu), your GSA representative, or the Chair of the Graduate Student Funding Initiative (gsatreasurer@ucdavis.edu).


Template for Email Distribution

Want to help spread the word?  Feel free to use the sample email template below to get started!

Sample Text

Dear (department),

From February 22nd-26th, the Graduate Student Association (GSA) will be holding a referendum regarding raising the GSA Fee. A Voter’s Guide, including pro and con arguments, is available here: https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/VotersGuide2016FeeReferendum.

I am writing to let you know that as your representative, I have been following the events leading up to this vote, and I [support/oppose] this measure. Please make sure to cast your vote on the ballot website next week!


Questions about the referendum? Please contact the GSA Elections Committee (gsaelections@ucdavis.edu) or the Chair of the Graduate Student Funding Initiative Committee (gsatreasurer@ucdavis.edu).


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