New one-time funding for deferred maintenance 

(January 9, 2015) – Governor Jerry Brown announced today his budget proposal for fiscal year 2015-16, which allocates an additional $119.5 million to the California State University (CSU). The governor’s proposal provides a $25 million one-time allocation for another round of Awards for Innovation in Higher Education to fund efforts to improve four-year and transfer student completion rates at CSU campuses. The proposal also includes a new one-time $25 million allocation to address the university’s most immediate deferred maintenance needs which total $1.8 billion.

“The governor’s budget proposal affirms his commitment to invest in the CSU and acknowledges the university’s vital role as a leading economic driver in the state and nation, providing quality degree programs that support the success and social mobility of the university’s highly diverse student population,” said Steve Relyea, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer.

The proposed $119.5 million allocation would fund a one percent net enrollment growth (continuing students, first-time freshmen and transfer students), sustain existing educational programs and address fixed mandatory costs. In November, the Board of Trustees approved a Support Budget request that is $97.1 million more than the governor’s budget proposal. The Support Budget request reflects the needs of the university. If funded, it will enable the CSU to grow enrollment by three percent, fund student success and completion measures and address additional infrastructure and technology upgrades across the 23-campus system.

The CSU anticipates working with the governor and through the legislative process to ensure the university can continue to fulfill its mission and serve the students of this state with quality educational programs.

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