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CSU Statement on 2021-22 State Budget




​​​​The following statement can be attributed to California State University Chancellor Joseph I. Castro:

“The 2021-22 state budget is a bold and visionary investment in the California State University that further elevates the university's ability to meet the current and future needs of California.

“The budget affirms the CSU's consequential role in transforming the lives of residents of the Golden State. The recurring investment unwinds last year's COVID-induced budget reduction, acknowledges the significant strides the CSU has made in improving student achievement and advancing educational equity under Graduation Initiative 2025, and bolsters efforts to support our students' basic needs and well-being.

“One-time funding will address long-standing infrastructure needs at specific campuses and throughout the university, improving the safety of and modernizing facilities to enhance the student learning and discovery experience.

“Additionally, the budget provides a transformational investment at Humboldt State University that will accelerate the campus's contemplated transition to a polytechnic university to become an even greater resource for our state.

“There are also several other budgetary decisions that will greatly benefit CSU students. The budget will fund the expansion of eligibility for Cal Grants and increase financial aid through the Middle Class Scholarship program, which are much-needed strategies to ensure the overall of cost of education remains affordable.

“While not specific only to the CSU, the​​ state budget provides additional funding for the three public higher-education segments to build new or expand upon existing campus facilities, as well as develop more affordable housing for students.

“The direct investment in the CSU and access to additional funding will undoubtedly advance our efforts to ensure that all California students are able to earn a high-quality college degree in a timely manner without being saddled with debt. We deeply appreciate the governor and the legislature for coming together on what is indeed a historic state budget."

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