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.
Projected budget allocation will sustain programs and services to students
(January 9, 2014) LONG BEACH – “We applaud the Governor for sustaining his commitment to the multi-year funding plan for the California State University (CSU). This investment enables us to serve California’s future economic growth, and social mobility for our populace, through affordable access to high quality education and degrees. The good news for the CSU and its students is that the proposed budget will enable the University to improve existing programs and services, and maintain tuition at the current rate for the fourth consecutive year,” explained Chancellor Timothy P. White.