The CSU Today

The California State University system begins 2018-19 better positioned to help students succeed. The CSU received an increase of $323.9 million from the state, which includes $197.3 million in permanent base funding and $126.6 million in one-time funding. Our $6.77 billion operating fund budget for the current year includes $3.65 billion in state general fund and $3.12 billion in tuition and fee revenue.


 ​2017-18 Past Year​2018-19 Current Year​​2019-20 Budget Year​2019-20 Increase
General Fund, Operations​​$3,109,314,000$3,309,085,000​​$3,685,120,000​$376,035,000
General Fund, Academic Facilities and Infrastructure​​340,560,000​340,560,000​420,560,00080,000,000​
Tuition and Other Fee Revenue​3,275,294,000​​3,118,104,0003,216,413,000​98,309,000​
TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET AND INFRASTRUCTURE$6,725,168,000​$6,767,749,000​​$7,322,093,000$554,344,000​

The operating fund budget is focused on fulfilling CSU’s core mission: to serve students with a high-quality, affordable and accessible education. As shown below, the CSU spends over 75 percent of its budget, $5.1 billion, on instruction, academic support, student services and financial aid. All of these activities promote student success, enrich the academic experience and ensure that each graduate is ready to succeed in the workforce.

 ​2017-18 Past Year2018-19 Current Year​​2019-20 Budget Year
Public Service20,558,00015,414,00015,414,000
Academic Support702,709,000688,150,000688,150,000
Student Services728,972,000718,429,000718,429,000
Institutional Support838,450,000870,888,000870,888,000
Operation and Maintenance of Plant1,012,719,000943,668,000943,668,000
Student Grants and Scholarships743,168,000740,227,000740,227,000
New Expenditures----554,344,000
TOTAL EXPENDITURES$6,725,168,000$6,767,749,000

With increased state support, the CSU continues to be one of the best investments for the state of California:

  • Graduated 125,920 students in 2017-18, 6,646 more than 2016-17;
  • 484,297 students enrolled in Fall 2017;
  • Increased average salaries by 3.6 percent per year for faculty and 3.2 percent per year for staff from 2014-15 through 2018-19;
  • Increased average unit load by offering an additional 3,200 course sections or 90,000 new seats in classrooms across the system, allowing students to reduce their time to degree;
  • Reduced the equity gap for underserved students of color by 2.5 percentage points since 2016;
  • Opened or expanded food pantries or food distribution systems on every campus, while continuing to raise awareness about student well-being, housing and food insecurity;
  • Added more than 1,000 online course sections over the past three years; and
  • Plans to hire at least 180 net new tenure-track faculty systemwide in 2018-19.

The CSU also continues to be efficient with its resources and prides itself on being a good fiscal steward:

  • Partnered with the University of California on CalUsource, a single procurement system for both universities. The CSU will save $5 million per year just from its first purchase through CalUsource.
  • Implemented strategies to reduce electricity and water usage while also reducing costs.
    • At CSU San Marcos, electricity consumption was reduced by more than five percent by sealing air conditioning ducts.
    • A public-private partnership for battery storage at CSU Long Beach allowed the campus to save at least $51,400 annually.
    • An innovative project at Stanislaus State uses reclaimed rainwater to help cool campus facilities before being reused for irrigation, saving an average of one million gallons of water per year.
  • Partnered with the University of California and investor-owned utilities to leverage more than $30 million in incentive funding to complete over $128 million worth of energy efficiency projects. This has reduced systemwide energy use intensity by 16 percent since 2005-06.

As the CSU continues to grow, we remain focused on improving our academic and student services, our campus facilities and the overall experience of our nearly half a million students.