Budget deal invests in financial aid, enrollment growth at California’s colleges and universities

June 29, 2021

Cal State LA in 2019.

Under the budget approved Monday by California lawmakers, the state’s public colleges and universities are slated to receive a range of new investments that will allow them to grow enrollment, expand financial aid and support their students’ basic needs. 

The budget, which now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, also restores cuts that were made last year near the height of the pandemic.

Below are highlights of what the budget includes for California’s public university systems and community colleges, according to a summary of the deal.

California State University 

CSU Chancellor Joseph I. Castro labeled the budget as a “visionary investment” in the university system that would help to meet the current and future needs of California.

“One-time funding will address long-standing infrastructure needs at specific campuses and throughout the university, improving the safety of and modernizing facilities to enhance the student learning and discovery experience,” Castro said in a statement. “The direct investment in the CSU and access to additional funding will undoubtedly advance our efforts to ensure that all California students are able to earn a high-quality college degree in a timely manner without being saddled with debt.”

University of California

Community colleges

Calbright College

Financial aid

Eloy Oakley, the systemwide chancellor overseeing California’s 116 community colleges, called the changes to the Cal Grant eligibility rules “an historic update” that will make the aid “more inclusive” to community college students. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Legislature and governor in taking the important step of increasing the level of Cal Grant financial support for students that is so critical to their success,” he added.

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