The California State University system continues to use all its available resources to help students succeed. In the 2019-20 final budget, CSU received from the state a permanent base budget increase of $332.9 million. The state-funded retirement adjustment of $39.3 million received in a subsequent General Fund appropriation is also included in the tables below. The 2019-20 current year total CSU operating budget of $7.2 billion is comprised of $4.0 billion in state General Fund and $3.2 billion in tuition and fees. New resources to fulfill the CSU’s budget request for 2020-21 are $648.3 million.
The operating budget is focused on fulfilling CSU's core mission: to serve students with a high-quality, affordable and accessible education. As shown in the table below, the CSU spends 72 percent, $5.2 billion, of its total operating budget on instruction, academic support, student services and financial aid. All of these activities promote student success, enrich the academic experience and ensure that each eventual CSU graduate is ready to professionally succeed.
With sustained state support, the CSU continues to be one of the best investments in California. As the largest and most diverse university system in the country, the CSU is doing its part to meet the workforce needs of California while remaining one of the nation's most affordable public four-year universities.
The CSU also continues to maximize efficiencies and economies of scale to find cost savings and cost avoidance whenever possible. Through joint contracts, energy partnerships and sustainability efforts the CSU is making significant strides in this area.