Higher Education Budget

Highlights of the Governor’s Proposed 2019-20 Higher Education Budget

Over $18 million in on-going funding to support undocumented students at the UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges.
$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 7,000 students and permanently support 1,000 seats added to the UC last year using one-time funds.

Details of the Governor’s Proposed 2019-20 Higher Education Budget

California Community Colleges

  • California College Promise: $45.2 million in on-going 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 FormulaExtends the existing hold harmless provision for an additional year to allow further review of college data and success rates.

California State University

  • $590.5 million in additional funding over 2018-19 levels.
  • CSU Grad Initiative 2025: $45 million in on-going funding for the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025.
  • CSU Enrollment Growth: $62 million in on-going funding for CSU enrollment growth of 7,000 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

  • $425 million in additional funding over 2018-19 levels
  • Enrollment Support: $10 million in permanent funding to support 1,000 enrollment slots previously supported by one-time funds.
  • 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.
  • Student Success Support: $49.9 million in on-going funding to support UC Efforts to improve student success, timely completion, and closing of degree attainment gaps.
  • 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.

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: $11.6 million to support an additional 4,250 Competitive Cal Grant awards for a total of 30,000 awards.

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