In the 2020-21 final budget, the state reduced permanent base funding to the CSU by $299 million, and the state removed $315 million in one-time funding. The tables below also include the state-funded retirement adjustment of $42.7 million that will be reduced in a subsequent General Fund appropriation. The 2020-21 current year total CSU operating budget of $6.9 billion is composed of $3.7 billion in state General Fund and $3.2 billion in tuition and fees. New resources to fulfill the CSU’s budget request for 2021-22 are $556 million, as shown in Table 1.
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 Table 2, the CSU spends 73 percent, $5 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. In fact, several CSU campuses are often listed in Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s top schools with the highest quality and best financial outcomes.
As a result of COVID-19, CSU successfully transitioned from in-person to online instruction and virtual student support.
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