Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown (D) announced on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 that the higher education budget for the next fiscal year will increase funding for all three tiers. The two-year community college system will see the highest increase of 4% or $570 million. These funds will help the system expand their efforts to develop online community college programs to reach more than 2.5 million students. The California State University System will see an increase of 1.4% of their operating budget; but Governor Brown outlined plans to increase this amount to 3%. Similarly, the UC system will also see a 3% increase to its general funds, albeit falling short of the proposed plan the system’s chancellors had outlined with the governor. With increasing enrollment across the board the state’s higher education system needs all of the fiscal support it can receive to ensure all students receive high quality instruction, the necessary supports to succeed, and opportunities to fulfill their educational goals.
For more information on the California budget, please access this link: http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/FullBudgetSummary.pdf