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Featuring the latest budget and finance news for the California State University system and CSU Dominguez Hills.

CSUDH Budget News and Updates

State-supported vs. state funded

From the 1960s through early 1990s, the CSU was largely funded by the State’s General Fund. This enabled the university to keep tuition fees at a very low amount because most of the system’s operating costs were covered by the state. In the 1990s, the state’s investment in the CSU began to lag behind the amount needed to fund enrollment growth, operating costs and capital improvements. Today, the system’s funding is a partnership between the state, students and their families. A CSU undergraduate education is still one of the most affordable in the nation.

Funding Issues Persist

From 2008-2012, the CSU lost $1 billion of state revenue. Due to budget constraints, the university has been forced to turn away 20,000 to 25,000 fully qualified students each academic term since 2008. The passage of Proposition 30 and Governor Jerry Brown’s multi-year funding plan has restored funding. However, the state’s contribution for academic year 2014-15 is equivalent to pre 2007-08 levels when the university served 50,000 fewer students. The current budget will enable the university to admit 9,900 additional students, sustain student success, pay mandatory costs, and provide a salary increase to employees.

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State Budget Agreement Affirms CSU’s Commitment To Student Success


The California budget agreement reached by Governor Brown, President pro Tempore de León and Speaker Atkins on Tuesday is good news for the California State University system, the state and most importantly, CSU students.


The additional $97 million in funds allocated for the CSU will amplify the university’s success in increasing graduation rates by enabling the CSU to enroll more students, expand success and completion efforts and address pressing infrastructure needs. (more…)

Signs Point to CSU Receiving Additional State Funding

The Governor, Assembly and Senate have all recommended that the final budget act include more funding for the CSU.  Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision includes an additional $38 million. The Assembly-approved budget includes an additional $97 million, and the Senate-approved budget includes an additional $199 million.  These recommended allocations would be in addition to the $119.5 million identified in the Governor’s multi-year funding plan.  While no firm decisions have been rendered about the university’s final funding allocation for 2015-16, these initial signs are favorable and point to the likelihood of the CSU securing additional funding in the final budget act.  Campus and system advocacy efforts are credited with generating this overwhelming recognition of the CSU’s funding needs by legislative leadership. (more…)

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CSU Employee Updates

Message from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White:

State Budget News
June 25, 2014

The governor has signed the 2014-15 state budget that includes an increase of $142.2 million in base funding for the CSU. The budget increase will enable the CSU to maintain existing programs and services. Moreover, tuition fees will remain stable for our students for the fourth consecutive year. The allocation will also enable us to begin to address a backlog of deferred maintenance projects.

This increase in our budget is welcome and reflects the tremendous grassroots advocacy work of the CSU family—students, faculty, staff, alumni, labor leaders and community supporters—who were in the trenches meeting with lawmakers about California’s need to reinvest in the CSU. As you are likely aware, the Trustees’ budget request was $95 million more than what was ultimately signed into law. I am grateful to all of you who advocated tirelessly on the CSU’s behalf. Your efforts resulted in more than 80 lawmakers committing to “Stand with the CSU” in the budget negotiations, which led to both houses recommending increases to the system’s funding allocation to match the Trustees’ request. While the final result fell short of our request, it does not diminish the power of our collective voice and our steadfast commitment to student success, nor does it diminish our resolve going forward.

The CSU continues to offer students an excellent education, but in this budgetary climate we will not be able to serve all of the eligible students who want to attend the university. Indeed, over the last two years, the CSU has experienced a 12 percent increase in applications and turned away more than 25,000 California students.

For California to succeed at the level we expect, its climate of innovation and economic growth must be fueled by an educated citizenry. The CSU is doing its part, graduating more than 100,000 students into the workforce annually, and we stand ready to do more. But we can only increase the number of graduates with the adequate, sustained funding needed to hire more faculty and staff to serve our students, to increase employee compensation in order to recruit and retain the best individuals, and to address facility and infrastructure needs.

Our story is compelling, and we must continue to come together and raise the profile of the CSU’s impact and importance to the state’s economy, businesses and industries, and social fabric. I seek your ongoing assistance sharing the CSU’s remarkable story. The vital work you do in the classroom and on campus helps our students become engaged and productive members of society.

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January 31, 2014

  • State of the CSU Renews Focus on Student Achievement
  • CSU Reaches Record High in Donations
  • First Woman President to Lead CSU Long Beach; Ortiz to Retire from Pomona
  • Trustees Hear Updates on Student Success Programs

October 3, 2013

  • CSU Begins Accepting Applications for Fall 2014
  • CSU Reaches Tentative Agreement with UAW
  • CSU Helps Inform Students, Families about Affordable Care Options
  • In Memoriam: Trustee Pete Mehaus

September 27, 2013

  • CSU Supports Affordable Care Options with Outreach to Students, Families
  • CSU Reaches Agreement with CSUEU and IUOE
  • Students Beat the Odds to Excel
  • New Initiatives Promote Student Success
  • Education Attorney Named CSU General Counsel
  • CSU Teacher Prep Programs Yield Successful Results
  • Humboldt State President to Retire

August 26, 2013

  • CSU and Faculty Association Agree to Compensation Pool of 1.34 Percent

Graphing State Support for the CSU

Click below for a visual representation graphing the state support budget for the California State University:


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