Higher education officials generally applaud Brown's plan, which would freeze community college fees while allowing tuition hikes at UC and CSU.
Early proposals for the first possible tuition increases in six years call for a $270 hike at CSU and $300 at UC. Much awaits Gov. Brown's January budget plan.
The grants support programs that allow students to get a bachelor's degree and teaching credential in four years.
Californians say they support more funds for higher education, but don't want higher taxes or tuition, poll finds. They regard campuses highly.
The unified front from UC, CSU and community colleges reflects the fear among their 74,000 undocumented students that they could face loss of work permits and deportation.
California State University's Graduation 2025 Initiative could help free up more space for campuses to admitted more qualified applicants.
Some students take too many classes or the wrong classes as they prepare to transfer.
The study cites the relatively low cost of the state's public universities.
Most of California's largest school districts filled nearly all their job openings.
The plan includes offering more course sections and improving academic support for students.
The centers provide academic, financial and legal help, among other services.
The student presidents represent all campuses in their respective public university systems.
The CSU system is in line for a $35 million grant if it adopts plans to boost four-year graduation rates.
Still, only a third of juniors met or exceeded standards in math.
The universities are opening satellite campuses in urban centers.