Higher Education Budget

Highlights of the Governor’s Proposed 2020-21 Higher Education Budget

$110 million increase over last year’s budget with historic focus on closing racial equity gaps in college access, success, and faculty representation.

Over $15 million in new funding to better support undocumented students at the California Community Colleges.

Continues support for full implementation and indicates increase funding support for first-generation students once data is reliably collected.

Details of the Governor’s Proposed 2020-21 Higher Education Budget

California Community Colleges

  • Faculty Diversity: Allocates one-time funding of $15 million for a pilot fellowship program to improve faculty diversity
  • Undocumented Student Legal Support: $10 million to support legal services for immigrant students, faculty, and staff at California Community Colleges.
  • Dreamer Resource Liaisons: $5.8 million to support positions focused on undocumented student support services at California Community Colleges.
  • Student-Centered Funding FormulaContinues support for full implementation and indicates increase funding support for first-generation students once data is reliably collected.

California State University

  • Adds $199 million in additional funding to CSU to support operations, enrollment growth, and improving graduation rates.
  • Adult Learner Support: Provides $6 million to support Californians with some college credit, but no degree to complete degree & certificate programs.

University of California

  • Adds $217.7 million in additional funding over 2019-20 levels, with an expectation that the UC will use a portion to enroll more California students
  • Adult Learner Support: $4 million to support Californians with some college credit, but no degree to complete degree & certificate programs.

Financial Aid

  • Aid for Student Parents:  Increase of $21.6 million in Cal Grant awards for student parents.
  • Summer Financial Aid: Extends UC and CSU Summer Financial Aid Programs from December 2021 to June 2023.

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