CSU Budget Central

CSU to Receive Incremental Funding Increase Under Governor’s January Budget Proposal

(January 13, 2015) On January 9, Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his 2015-16 budget proposal, which offers to increase the California State University’s General Fund allocation by $119.5 million, contingent upon tuition remaining flat.  The proposal would also provide $25 million to address infrastructure needs and $25 million for innovation awards – partnerships or practices that promote completion of degrees within four years.

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White indicated that the CSU would not look to increase tuition in 2015-16, remarking that “Our students and our board are not ready to do that at this time,” during an interview with Sacramento’s Capitol Public Radio. For 2015-16, annual tuition will continue at $5,472, marking the fourth consecutive year that tuition has remained steady.   This also marks the university’s longest stretch with no tuition increases since 1999-00 through 2002-03.

While the allocation proposed is an increase over the previous year, it falls short of fully funding the university’s critical needs.  In November, the CSU Trustees approved a support budget that requested an increase of $97.1 million over the CSU’s 2014-15 General Fund allocation.  Among the many areas of unfunded need, the additional funding would allow for increasing enrollment by 12,000 students.  The demand for a CSU education continues to outpace resources with applications increasing for the sixth consecutive year.  As a result, the CSU has been forced to turn away 20,000-30,000 fully eligible students.  Other areas of need identified in the support budget request include bolstering student success and completion initiatives, upgrading technology and employee compensation.

The next budget milestone comes in May when the Governor issues his May Revise.  CSU leaders will continue to work with the governor and legislature through the budget process to ensure that the university can continue to fulfill its mission.

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