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CSU Budget Update: Reopening the Doors to Access

Interview with Robert Turnage,
CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget

Robert Turnage discusses the state budget.

Robert Turnage discusses the state budget.

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Hello, this is Jennifer Wicks with the California State University.  I’m here with Robert Turnage–on the line with us from Sacramento–who is the CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Budget, and today we’ll be discussing the impact of the California budget on students applying for the winter, spring and fall.

Welcome Robert.


Thank you.


Robert, what does the recently adopted California budget mean for the CSU?


Well Jennifer, what it does is it allows us to open the doors again.  After a rough couple of years, we can finally provide access.  So, we’re going to be admitting eligible students right and left for the winter and spring term.

Now this budget provides almost $260 million to educate more students, provide more course sections and increase student services for the winter and spring.

What this means is a richer college experience for everyone both newly admitted and existing students.

It is also important to recognize what this budget doesn’t do.  This budget doesn’t make the CSU whole, it basically puts us back to where we were, in terms of state funding, about five years ago–when we had fewer students and lower costs.

Having said that, it is still a very positive budget and good news for CSU students.


I know a lot of students, who are applying for winter and spring, are going to be wondering how this budget will affect them.  What do you say to them?


It affects them directly.  With the additional funding, almost all CSU campuses will be admitting large numbers of new students for the spring and winter.

In fact, we’re figuring that as many as 30,000 new students are going to be on our campuses as a result by the end of the year.

It also means that a number of campuses that would have otherwise been closed for new applicants are reopening applications.

So, for more information on campuses still accepting applications for winter and spring, students should visit www.CSUmentor.edu.


Will this funding actually have an impact on students applying for fall 2011?


Yes, I think it will.  Even though fall 2011 is going to be governed by next year’s state budget, and there are uncertainties about that.  Because the legislature has set this higher enrollment target in the budget they just adopted, it is probably going to carry over into the next year.  And, what that means is we are probably going to be able to accept more students for fall 2011 than would otherwise be possible.


What things can a prospective student do to prepare themselves for changes in the state budget?


I think the most important thing for a prospective student to do is to apply by Nov. 30 if they are planning to start at a CSU campus in fall 2011.  Because, after that date many of our campuses will close their fall application window.

The second thing a student can do is apply for financial aid.  More than half of CSU students receive some form of financial aid and generally undergraduate students with family incomes of as much as $70,000 have their fees fully covered by grants.  This financial aid can even reach families with higher incomes than that.

Finally, all of us–students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends in the community–need to make the case to lawmakers that the CSU is a vital investment in the future of California.


A reminder to all students interested in applying for winter and spring, go to www.CSUmentor.edu to look up campus deadlines, and make sure you get your application in on-time.

Students applying for fall 2011 need to get their applications in by November 30th.

Robert, thank you very much for your time and giving us this important information today.


Thank you Jennifer.


Be sure to check back for the next podcast on admissions coming up in November at blogs.calstate.edu.



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