May budget revision: For California colleges, governor proposes more money, tuition freezes

Tim Goral's picture
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

California's three college systems would receive more money from the state each year through 2016-17—and would have to freeze tuition—under Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposal.

Unveiled Tuesday morning, the revised budget plan would give the state's community colleges 30.7 percent more, an extra $1,503, to spend per student by 2017 than it did in 2012. California State University would receive a 33 percent increase during that time—an additional $1,900 per student—and the University of California would get 23.4 percent more, about $2,500.

The governor has long stressed the need for California's higher-education systems to graduate students more quickly, while improving graduation rates.

"Here's the idea: If they get through in four years instead of seven we can have more students, and the students don't borrow as much," so they'll enter the workforce more quickly, Brown said.

Read more »