In the 2021-22 final budget, the CSU received from the state a permanent base budget increase of $550.2 million, including a restoration of the $299 million base funding reduction in 2020-21. The tables below also include the state-funded retirement adjustment of $4.4 million that will be reduced in a subsequent General Fund appropriation. The 2021-22 current year total CSU operating budget of $7.4 billion is composed of $4.2 billion in state General Fund and $3.2 billion in tuition and fees. New resources to fulfill the CSU’s budget request for 2022-23 are $715.5 million, as shown in Table 1.
The operating budget is focused on fulfilling the CSU’s core mission: to serve students with a high-quality, affordable and accessible education. As shown in Table 2, the CSU spends 71 percent, $5.2 billion, of its total operating budget on instruction, academic support, student services and financial aid. All of these activities promote student success, enrich the academic experience and ensure that each eventual CSU graduate is ready to succeed professionally.
The university has embraced key opportunities from the COVID-19 pandemic to reimagine an even more dynamic and equitable institution. Technology and support strategies employed during virtual instruction were vital to student success during the pandemic. With an emphasis to be flexible, technology focused, compassionate and inclusive, the CSU will continue to refine and expand these tools to enrich the student learning experience moving forward.
The CSU adopted a university-wide commitment to innovation and shared standards with a goal of driving value and increasing effectiveness across the system. Through joint contracts, energy partnerships and sustainability efforts, the CSU maximizes efficiencies and economies of scale to increase cost savings and cost avoidance whenever possible.