The Cal State Student Association (CSSA) is deeply grateful for the investment this budget deal makes in higher education and the California State University (CSU) system. 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.
Unfortunately, this budget agreement does not make modest investments in important programs to directly address CSU students who are struggling to feed and house themselves. As we now know, 10.9% of our CSU students are homeless, and 41.6% of our students are struggling to feed themselves. While this budget addresses many issues student’s face, without directly addressing our students’ basic needs, our students will continue to struggle to succeed in class.
This budget agreement would not have been possible without the hard work of our campus and systemwide leadership, our faculty and faculty representatives, and most importantly, our students. Our students were able to meet with legislators, travel to Sacramento, and make their voices heard while also attending to their education, working, supporting families, and unfortunately, dealing with homelessness, food insecurity, and mental health challenges. CSSA is eternally grateful to the students who added their voice to our collective advocacy.