2008/09 Support Budget

Budget Proposal: Enrollment Growth

2.5% Enrollment Growth, $82.5 Million

The 2008/09 budget plan includes enrollment growth of 2.5 percent or 8,572 full-time equivalent students (FTES). Based on this enrollment growth and the 2008/09 marginal cost of $9,628 per FTES, the correlating General Fund increase is $82.5 million.

The following table illustrates funded FTES targets versus actual FTES enrollment from 1998/99 through 2008/09:

CSU Enrollment—Funded Target vs. Actual FTES
CSU Enrollment—Funded Target vs. Actual FTES

  1998/99 1999/00 2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09
Target FTES 271,022 279,403 291,980 305,854 321,132 331,565 324,120 332,223 348,262 356,296 365,125
Actual FTES 273,928 281,782 290,554 316,396 331,704 331,704 321,339 334,343 353,550 N/A N/A

The Compact calls for 2.5 percent annual enrollment growth in the CSU through fiscal year 2010/11. This level of growth is consistent with enrollment targets projected on the basis of numerous factors including review of the Department of Finance–Demographic Research Unit’s enrollment projections, consultation with campus presidents, and reviews of K-12 enrollment patterns. Beginning in 2008 and going through 2015, the Department of Finance projects enrollment demand for the CSU to increase by more than 46,000 students, with fall term headcounts growing from a projected 436,084 in 2008 to 482,367 in 2015 (see tables on the next page).

2.5% CSU Resident Enrollment Growth Under the Higher Education Compact (FTES)
2.5% CSU Resident Enrollment Growth Under the Higher Education Compact (FTES)

  2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11
FTES 356,296 365,125 373,925 382,944

Department of Finance—Fall Term Enrollment Projection (Headcount)
Department of Finance—Fall Term Enrollment Projection (Headcount)

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Headcount 440,826 449,896 456,709 466,381 474,053 481,315 488,312 482,367

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