Governor Newsom’s Historic Budget Invests in the Future: Proposing $36.9B for Higher Education

January 11th, 2022
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Amber Roman
Director of Strategic Communications

Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a $39.6 billion investment for higher education in his 2022 budget proposal anchored by new multi-year funding agreements with the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), and California Community Colleges. This ambitious framework reflects The Campaign for College Opportunity’s long-standing priorities of increasing in-state student enrollment in our universities, improving time to completion and graduation rates, strengthening the transfer pathway, closing equity gaps, reducing total cost of attendance, and encouraging intersegmental coordination. The Governor’s budget proposal also reflects a bold, newly established goal of achieving 70 percent postsecondary degree and certificate attainment by 2030 for California adults. Progress toward this goal is supported by a multi-year plan to grow enrollment, with over 21,000 new seats for California students at the UC and CSU proposed to be open by 2026.