CSU Budget Central

Budget Central is the repository for news and information about the California State University’s (CSU) budget. This site provides basic information about the system’s budget and ongoing fiscal challenges. In-depth information is available from the CSU Budget Office and related links.

State-supported vs. state funded

From the 1960s through early 1990s, the CSU was largely funded by the State’s General Fund. This enabled the university to keep tuition fees at a very low amount because most of the system’s operating costs were covered by the state. In the 1990s, the state’s investment in the CSU began to lag behind the amount needed to fund enrollment growth, operating costs and capital improvements. Today, the system’s funding is a partnership between the state, students and their families. A CSU undergraduate education is still one of the most affordable in the nation.

Funding Issues Persist

From 2008-2012, the CSU lost $1 billion of state revenue. Due to budget constraints, the university has been forced to turn away 20,000 to 25,000 fully qualified students each academic term since 2008. The passage of Proposition 30 and Governor Jerry Brown’s multi-year funding plan has restored funding. However, the state’s contribution for academic year 2014-15 is equivalent to pre 2007-08 levels when the university served 50,000 fewer students. The current budget will enable the university to admit 9,900 additional students, sustain student success, pay mandatory costs, and provide a salary increase to employees.

Budget News

CSU Trustees Approve 2015-16 Support Budget

(November 13, 2014) On November 13, CSU Trustees voted to approve the university’s 2015-16 support budget request.  The request from the Trustees is for a budget augmentation of $269 million (including $52.4 million that would come from tuition fee revenue if the system is provided funding to increase enrollment by three percent) and represents a credible statement of the university’s key funding needs. (more…)

California State University Outlines 2014-15 Budget Expenditure Plan

(July 22, 2014) At their July 2014 Board Meeting, California State University Trustees reviewed the system’s 2014-15 budget expenditure plan. With an additional $142.2 million in General Fund allocation from the state, the plan prioritizes enrollment growth, student success and completion, employee compensation and critical infrastructure needs.

“With the additional funding provided in this year’s budget, the California State University can admit new students, bolster programs that improve student outcomes and reinvest in the talented employees who have sacrificed for many years while remaining committed to the success of our students and the mission of the university,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.
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Graphing State Support for the CSU

Click below for a visual representation graphing the state support budget for the California State University:

*CSU 2007-08 Through 2016-17 General Fund
Chart illustrates 10 Years of CSU General Fund (GF) appropriation with the Governor’s 2014-15 to 2016-17 multi-year plan.

*CSU 2001-02 Through 2016-17 State Appropriations with Actual Resident Student Enrollment to Date
Graph illustrates the trend between CSU resident student enrollment and state General Fund (GF) appropriations since 2001-02 with the Governor’s 2014-15 to 2016-17 multi-year plan.

What is a Student Success Fee?

What is a Student Success Fee?

A “Student Success Fee” is the name given to a type of campus-based, campus-driven, campus-controlled fee designed to enhance the quality of academic programs and the experience of students on a specific campus.

Due to local control, no “Student Success Fee” is identical to any other. Each reflects the priorities of the campus where it is adopted.

A Student Success Fee is not Tuition

All fees are governed by policy, with every effort made to keep student costs to a minimum.

Most students are familiar with tuition fees. Those are the fees that combine with state support to cover the bulk of CSU operating costs – everything from paying a professor’s salary and benefits to keeping the lights on in university buildings. In short, tuition fees (augmented by an approximately equal amount of state support) pay to provide basic student access to a CSU education. These fees are set at the system level.

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Final Budget Act May Mirror May Revision Priorities

Posted June 13, 2014

Today, the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly and Senate Pro Tem issued a media statement reflecting state budget priorities.  While the Governor has until June 30 to approve the Budget Act, it appears a final budget is pending confirmation.  It is expected that the Budget Act will reflect the Conference Committee’s budget proposal to the Legislature, which maintained a $142.2 million allocation for the California State University (CSU).

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