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).
On May 13, Governor Jerry Brown released his revised May budget which maintains an increase of $142.2 million for the CSU - an allocation that is consistent with what was proposed in the initial January budget.
Last November, CSU Trustees approved a budget proposal that requested an increase of $237.6 million with new funding allocated to meet enrollment demand, augment student success and completion and finance critical maintenance and infrastructure needs among other areas.
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.