New CBP Report: Under Governor’s Proposed 2014-15 Budget, Funding for CSU and UC Would Be Nearly One-Quarter Below Pre-Recession Levels

The California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) together educate more than 675,000 students statewide and play a critical role in providing pathways to opportunity and economic mobility. Yet in recent years, both CSU and UC have had to operate with diminished levels of support due to deep state funding cuts made during and after the Great Recession.

A new CBP analysis — the latest in a series of briefs on key components of Governor Brown’s proposed 2014-15 budget — looks at spending on the CSU and UC systems. This brief shows that although General Fund support for CSU and UC would increase by approximately $142 million each under the Governor’s proposed budget, state support for these institutions would still remain nearly 25 percent below 2007-08 levels, after adjusting for inflation.

This brief also discusses how CSU and UC tuition and fees have increased dramatically compared to where they were prior to the recession as well as how more students are now graduating with increasing amounts of student loan debt.

— Steven Bliss

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