Higher Education Budget

Highlights of the Final 2019-20 Higher Education Budget

$10 million one-time allocation to plan, develop, and implement a longitudinal data system to connect student information from early education through the workforce.

An increase of funding to grow enrollment at the CSU by 10,000 students and at the UC by 4,860 seats.

Over $150 million in additional funding for financial aid, including new programs to better serve student-parents and undocumented students.

Details of the Final 2019-20 Higher Education Budget

California Community Colleges

  • California College Promise: $42.6 million in ongoing funding to support the California College Promise to waive fees for a second academic year for first-time, full-time students with an additional $5 million in one-time funding for program outreach.
  • Student-Centered Funding Formula: Maintains the Success Allocation at 10 percent of the total community college apportionment,  adopts a three-year rolling average and only measures students’ highest awards attained when determining the Success Allocation, and clarifies how transfer outcomes will be counted.

California State University

  • CSU Grad Initiative 2025:  $40 million in on-going funding and $35 million in one-time funding.
  • CSU Enrollment Growth: $62 million in on-going funding for CSU enrollment growth of 10,000 resident students.
  • Decreasing Student Hunger and Housing Insecurity: $15 million in one-time funds to assist in the CSU’s efforts to address student hunger and housing insecurity, as well as $6.5 million in on-going support for rapid rehousing of homeless and housing insecure students.


University of California

  • Enrollment Support: $49.9 million in ongoing funding to support 4,860 enrollment slots above the prior year.
  • Adult Learner & Extension Program Support: $15 million to expand certificate programs and degrees at UC extension centers with a focus on outreach on adults with some college experience, but no degree.
  • Decreasing Student Hunger and Housing Insecurity: $18.5 million in on-going funding to assist the UC’s efforts to address student hunger and housing insecurity.
  • Outreach & Support for Underrepresented Students: $6 million in one-time funding to support UC outreach and support services for low-income underrepresented students.

Financial Aid

  • Aid for Student Parents: $96.7 million in on-going funding to increase maximum Cal Grant awards for student parents.
  • Cal Grant Increases: $41.6 million to support an additional 15,250 Competitive Cal Grant awards for a total of 41,000 awards.
  • Service-Incentive Grants: $9 million in ongoing funding to establish and fund a service-incentive grant program that provides AB 540 students with the opportunity to earn a stipend in exchange for campus/community service.
  • Summer Financial Aid: $10 million ongoing funding to support summer enrollment at the UC and CSU by expanding the institutional financial aid available for those sessions.

*Partial list of 2019 Budget Proposal items. Click here for a complete summary.