Budget Agreement Continues Modest Funding Increases for CSU and UC
The budget agreement largely reflects the May Revision’s funding levels for the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC), as well as new and existing performance goals. While CSU has already announced it will not increase tuition for 2015-16, the budget requires UC to hold tuition flat for California residents through 2016-17. Both institutions are expected to seek ways to reduce time-to-degree for their students.
This year’s budget provides only modest funding increases even though direct General Fund spending on a per student basis at both CSU and UC remains near the lowest point in more than 30 years, after adjusting for inflation. Despite having been held flat at CSU and UC since 2011-12, tuition and fees have more than tripled since 1990-91 at CSU, and more than quadrupled at UC, after adjusting for inflation.
CSU will receive an increase of $216.5 million in ongoing General Fund support over its 2014-15 level. CSU is specifically given the goal of increasing resident student enrollment by at least 10,400 full-timeequivalent students by the end of the fall 2016 semester, relative to 2014-15 enrollment.
UC will receive an increase of $119.5 million in ongoing General Fund support over its 2014-15 level. The budget also includes a provision for an additional $25 million if UC provides “sufficient evidence” by May 1, 2016, that its enrollment of resident undergraduate students will have increased by at least 5,000 over the 2014-15 level by the 2016-17 academic year. As proposed in the Governor’s May Revision, UC will receive a one-time infusion of $96 million in Proposition 2 funds to help pay down its unfunded pension liability.