The California State University (CSU) consistently provides an outstanding return on federal investments in its students, institutions and research. With 23 campuses and more than 450,000 students, the CSU is the nation’s largest public four-year university system, providing access and success for unprecedented numbers of underserved and low-income students. Every year, nearly 130,000 new CSU graduates enter the workforce across all economic sectors.
The system’s top federal priorities for 2023-24 are:
A full list of CSU system priorities for 2023-24 follows.
The CSU remains one of the nation’s best bargains. Significant state and institutional grants provide vital support to our low-income students. Federal financial aid programs remain critical to these students, including nearly 226,000 who rely on need-based Pell Grants. More than 65,000 Pell recipients earn CSU bachelor’s degrees each year.
The CSU is continuously working to improve K-12 student readiness and measure the performance of CSU-trained teachers. The federal government is a vital partner.
The CSU provides more than half of all undergraduate degrees granted to California’s Latinx/a/o, Black and African American and Indigenous Native American students and is a leader in transitioning veterans to the workforce. Federal capacity-building programs and targeted grants help bridge completion and equity gaps.
Every year, 132,000 new CSU graduates drive California’s and America’s economy in the information technology, life sciences, agriculture, business, hospitality, healthcare, education, public administration, entertainment and multimedia industries. Targeted federal programs help propel their success.
In laboratories, at field sites and through programs at the CSU, students, faculty and collaborating scientists advance California’s capacity to address key issues of significance to our state and nation. Federal investments are vital to continued progress.
State-of-the-art facilities and innovative programs help make campuses vibrant and secure for all.