Below is a link to GPSC’s fill-able pdf application for graduate and professional students who are in need of a little help getting their bursar account under $200.00.

#GPSCARES (November 30)

As many student may know by now, in order to register for classes next semester a student’s account now must be under $200.00. After reaching out to the financial aid department at SIUC, GPSC found that well over 1000 graduate and professional students currently have a hold on their account for being over the $200.00 mark, prohibiting them from registering for classes in the spring.

At the GPSC general meeting on November 3, the council voted to allocate up to $3000.00 of our budget to go toward lowering the number of graduate and professional students on this list. Our only regret is that we do not have more to give.

If you are a graduate or professional student in this situation please take advantage, and spread the word to your fellow students.

The maximum amount an approved applicant will receive is $200.00. Applications will be open until MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, with decisions being made as soon as possible afterwards. #GPSCARES


(UPDATE) Town Hall Meeting featuring Senators Forby and Luechetfeld on October 27!!!

Join GPSC and USG for a joint meeting to host the IL Senate Assistant Minority Leader, David Luechtefeld and Illinois State Senator Gary Forby on October 27! This town hall style meeting will be co-moderated by the Daily Egyptian covering a range of topics including the state budget, college affordability, school shootings, and a host of other issues.

What: GPSC/USG Joint Meeting featuring Senators Gary Forby and David Luechtefeld

When: Tuesday, October 27 @ 7pm

Where: Student Health Center Auditorium


2015 Research Award Winners

GPSC is proud to announce the 2015 Research Award recipients!


Buday Labumar
Duong Beattie
Rowsey Kirana
Silva Chuang
Araujo Roberts
Burkart Voegel
Shi Florkiewicz
Stevens Bheemireddy
Flowers Simpson
Fulgoni Engelmann
Zembrzuski Stallings
Trebouet Rombenso
Bonjour Munch
Howe Semmel
Hai Feller
Liu Hayashi
Ceresola Kapali
Anderson Mook
Rawlings Shepack
Voegel LI


SIU Student Health Initiative

The SIU Board of Trustees approved the new ACA compliant Health insurance Plan on April 16, 2015.  The new health insurance will take effect for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Presentation on the proposed 2015-2016 Student Health Insurance Plan

Daily Egyptian Article about SIU Student Heathcare

WSIL Media Coverage on Student Healthcare – March 19, 2015

The SIU Student Health Initiative (SHI) is a public education and policy initiative dedicated to implementing the recommendations of the Student Insurance Task Force and to bringing the student insurance plan into full compliance with the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The SHI is organized by the students of Southern Illinois Carbondale — undergraduate and graduate, traditional and non-traditional, on-campus and commuter. Sign the SHI petition and check us out on Facebook!

During the fall of 2014, both the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) passed resolutions calling on the Board of Trustees to bring ACA compliant healthcare to the students of SIU. These resolutions can be found here: USG Resolution & GPSC Resolution.

In the spring of 2015, additional resolutions have been passed by both the USG and GPSC calling on the Board of Trustees to approve the recommendation of the Student Health Insurance Taskforce.  These resolutions can be found here:  USG Resolution & GPSC Resolution.

Read a USG-GPSC Joint Letter to the Board of Trustees from July 22, 2014.

Check out these resources:
(1) SHI Position Statement
(2) SHI Benefit Comparison
(3) SHI Fact Sheet
(4) SHI Stories from Students