BY LEONEL CLETO
leonel.cleto008@myci.csuci.edu

The CSU budget affects all students, so it is only natural that discussions of how much our CSUs will be funded had our students ready to speak up.

The state budget decides how much money the CSU system is allocated to continue to operate properly. Tuition and housing costs can change to compensate for budget shortfalls. Students all over the CSU’s advocated to be heard and take a stand for their tuition rates to remain the same.

Governor Brown and many other legislators created the state budget which introduced one-time funding of 167 million and ongoing funding of 197.1 million into our CSUs.

“The additional $197.1 million in ongoing funding, plus $167 million in one-time funds to the CSU means no tuition increase for students, more class availability for our current and future students, and better compensation for the high-quality faculty, staff, and administrators who are critical to student success,” according to the Cal State Student Association (CSSA)

The Graduation Initiative 2025 is an ambitious goal for all CSUs to increase their on-time graduation rates. It also aims to close equity gaps between underserved students and their peers, according to California State University website.

“Funds for graduation initiative 2025 empower the CSU to provide more opportunities for students to earn a high-quality degree than ever before,” said Timothy White, California State University Chancellor. “We will be able to expand efforts to improve student achievement by offering more course sections.”

The action our campuses took to ensure we have funding has tremendously helped our students continue their education with less worry than before. Through the students, faculty and representative’s collective advocacy we are able to grow our CSU community.

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