2008/09 Support Budget

Budget Proposal: Enrollment Growth

Financial Aid—State University Grants, $6.9 Million

The 2008/09 Support Budget plan sets aside one-third of marginal cost fee revenue from enrollment growth for student financial aid. The CSU uses this revenue to increase the pool of funds available for its State University Grant program and, if needed, to fund state-mandated fee waivers. One-third of marginal cost revenue associated with the 2.5 percent planned enrollment growth in 2008/09 is $6,858,000. The following is a summary of the total State University Grant funding available from 2003/04 through 2008/09:

Financial Aid—State University Grant Funding

2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09
CSU Fee Revenue        
$157,274,000 $175,534,000 $194,158,000 $205,091,000 $242,722,000 $249,580,000
State Funds          
$33,785,000 $33,785,000 $33,785,000 $33,785,000 $33,785,000 $33,785,000
SUG Funding        
$191,059,000 $209,319,000 $227,943,000 $238,876,000 $276,507,000 $283,365,000

CSU State University Grant Program

The State University Grant program is unique to the CSU and is a critical source of grant assistance for CSU students who can least afford the costs to attend college. Since its inception in 1982/83, the State University Grant program has provided need-based grants to offset the impact of increased charges for students with the greatest financial need. Student eligibility is determined on the basis of need established in accordance with the federal need analysis methodology. State University Grant program funding and the methodology used for allocating funds to campuses is based primarily on the mandatory systemwide State University Fee; however, it is important to note that needy students face other increases in mandatory institutional charges and other costs associated with college attendance that are recognized for student financial aid purposes.

Each year, campuses supply the Chancellor’s Office with a financial aid report that is used to document the financial need of CSU students and to determine how State University Grant funds are allocated among the CSU campuses. The State University Grant awarding policy was modified effective in summer 2001 to allow campuses greater flexibility to design financial aid strategies that best address the needs of their student population and their enrollment management goals. The matrix for assessing the need for State University Grants and allocating the available funds among campuses remains unchanged.


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