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Featuring the latest budget and finance news for the California State University system and CSU Dominguez Hills.

CSUDH Budget News and Updates

Student Success Fee Update

On May 19, 2014, CSU Chancellor White approved a phased-in plan that establishes a mandatory Student Success Fee of $560 per student per academic year to be implemented over a five year period. Beginning in spring 2015 the rate will be $35 per student, increasing by an additional $35 each semester through fall 2018.

In addition, the following administrative changes will be made:

  • Student tuition and fee payment plans will be expanded to five installments, instead of the current three, and payments will be aligned with financial aid disbursements;
  • The appointment of two additional students to the University Budget Committee to provide a stronger student voice on matters concerning the university budget, including allocating funds from the Student Success Fee;
  • A Student Success Scholarship Grant program will be implemented to assist students who may be overly burdened financially as a result of the fee.

The goal with the Student Success Fee is to further strengthen the learning environment at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and provide students with a full range of resources necessary to support their academic endeavors and ensure they are not hindered in their progress towards graduation.

What is a Student Success Fee?

A “Student Success Fee” is the name given to a type of campus-based, campus-driven, campus-controlled fee designed to enhance the quality of academic programs and the experience of students on a specific campus.

Due to local control, no “Student Success Fee” is identical to any other. Each reflects the priorities of the campus where it is adopted.

A Student Success Fee is not Tuition

All fees are governed by policy, with every effort made to keep student costs to a minimum.

Most students are familiar with tuition fees. Those are the fees that combine with state support to cover the bulk of CSU operating costs – everything from paying a professor’s salary and benefits to keeping the lights on in university buildings. In short, tuition fees (augmented by an approximately equal amount of state support) pay to provide basic student access to a CSU education. These fees are set at the system level. (more…)

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State Budget Agreement Affirms CSU’s Commitment To Student Success

The California budget agreement reached by Governor Brown, President pro Tempore de León and Speaker Atkins on Tuesday is good news for the California State University system, the state and most importantly, CSU students.

The additional $97 million in funds allocated for the CSU will amplify the university’s success in increasing graduation rates by enabling the CSU to enroll more students, expand success and completion efforts and address pressing infrastructure needs. (more…)

Signs Point to CSU Receiving Additional State Funding

The Governor, Assembly and Senate have all recommended that the final budget act include more funding for the CSU.  Governor Jerry Brown’s May Revision includes an additional $38 million. The Assembly-approved budget includes an additional $97 million, and the Senate-approved budget includes an additional $199 million.  These recommended allocations would be in addition to the $119.5 million identified in the Governor’s multi-year funding plan.  While no firm decisions have been rendered about the university’s final funding allocation for 2015-16, these initial signs are favorable and point to the likelihood of the CSU securing additional funding in the final budget act.  Campus and system advocacy efforts are credited with generating this overwhelming recognition of the CSU’s funding needs by legislative leadership. (more…)

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CSU Employee Updates

Message from CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White:

State Budget News
June 25, 2014

The governor has signed the 2014-15 state budget that includes an increase of $142.2 million in base funding for the CSU. The budget increase will enable the CSU to maintain existing programs and services. Moreover, tuition fees will remain stable for our students for the fourth consecutive year. The allocation will also enable us to begin to address a backlog of deferred maintenance projects.

This increase in our budget is welcome and reflects the tremendous grassroots advocacy work of the CSU family—students, faculty, staff, alumni, labor leaders and community supporters—who were in the trenches meeting with lawmakers about California’s need to reinvest in the CSU. As you are likely aware, the Trustees’ budget request was $95 million more than what was ultimately signed into law. I am grateful to all of you who advocated tirelessly on the CSU’s behalf. Your efforts resulted in more than 80 lawmakers committing to “Stand with the CSU” in the budget negotiations, which led to both houses recommending increases to the system’s funding allocation to match the Trustees’ request. While the final result fell short of our request, it does not diminish the power of our collective voice and our steadfast commitment to student success, nor does it diminish our resolve going forward.

The CSU continues to offer students an excellent education, but in this budgetary climate we will not be able to serve all of the eligible students who want to attend the university. Indeed, over the last two years, the CSU has experienced a 12 percent increase in applications and turned away more than 25,000 California students.

For California to succeed at the level we expect, its climate of innovation and economic growth must be fueled by an educated citizenry. The CSU is doing its part, graduating more than 100,000 students into the workforce annually, and we stand ready to do more. But we can only increase the number of graduates with the adequate, sustained funding needed to hire more faculty and staff to serve our students, to increase employee compensation in order to recruit and retain the best individuals, and to address facility and infrastructure needs.

Our story is compelling, and we must continue to come together and raise the profile of the CSU’s impact and importance to the state’s economy, businesses and industries, and social fabric. I seek your ongoing assistance sharing the CSU’s remarkable story. The vital work you do in the classroom and on campus helps our students become engaged and productive members of society.

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January 31, 2014

  • State of the CSU Renews Focus on Student Achievement
  • CSU Reaches Record High in Donations
  • First Woman President to Lead CSU Long Beach; Ortiz to Retire from Pomona
  • Trustees Hear Updates on Student Success Programs

October 3, 2013

  • CSU Begins Accepting Applications for Fall 2014
  • CSU Reaches Tentative Agreement with UAW
  • CSU Helps Inform Students, Families about Affordable Care Options
  • In Memoriam: Trustee Pete Mehaus

September 27, 2013

  • CSU Supports Affordable Care Options with Outreach to Students, Families
  • CSU Reaches Agreement with CSUEU and IUOE
  • Students Beat the Odds to Excel
  • New Initiatives Promote Student Success
  • Education Attorney Named CSU General Counsel
  • CSU Teacher Prep Programs Yield Successful Results
  • Humboldt State President to Retire

August 26, 2013

  • CSU and Faculty Association Agree to Compensation Pool of 1.34 Percent

Graphing State Support for the CSU

Click below for a visual representation graphing the state support budget for the California State University:


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