Higher Education and the Governor’s Budget
Have you noticed that tuition rates for California college have been increasing steadily over the past 10 years? From 2008‑09 through 2011‑12, the state of California reduced funding for higher education by $2.65 billion. This has resulted in significant increases in student tuition and fees and declining course offerings, making it difficult for students to complete their degrees on time.
According to Governor Brown’s Budget Summary, the state’s long‑term plan is “rooted in the belief that higher education should be affordable and student success can be improved.” The Budget Summary proposes an increase in state funding and provides fiscal incentives to improve management of college costs.
For 2012‑13, the Budget proposes total funding for higher education of $22.5 billion, reflecting an increase of $367.5 million over the prior year, a 1.7‑percent increase.
Read the Higher Education chapter of the Governor’s Budget Summary – 2012-13 to learn about Governor Brown’s proposal to raise Cal Grant GPA requirements, phase out student loan assumption programs for teachers and nurses and other components of the plan.
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