Make plans to #FreeTheCSU on April 4

Need a good reason to come to the State Capitol on April 4 to fight for additional funding for the CSU? We have 23! 

By now, you may know that Gov. Brown is proposing to shortchange the CSU this fiscal year (again), but here are a few more reasons we all need to fight for additional funding to #FreeTheCSU and #FundTheDream:

  • Gov. Brown says the students and the CSU should  “live within their means” – showing how out of touch he is with today’s college students. A recent study found 10.9% of CSU students experienced homelessness and 41.6% reported food insecurity.
  • The LAO predicts a discretionary surplus of $7.5 billion by the end of 2018-19 but Gov. Brown would rather stash it away into a Rainy Day Fund – billions more than required by law!
  • CSU Trustees are considering another tuition increase of 4% for next year, on top of a 5% increase this year.
  • Gov. Brown’s budget has NO FUNDING for enrollment growth. Chronic underfunding of the CSU means the university is turning away tens of thousands of qualified, eligible students. This year, more than 30,000 students were denied a spot in the CSU and this has been going on for years.
  • Supporting the CSU is a good financial investment. CSU-related spending has an economic impact of more than $17 billion and supports 150,000 jobs in the state.

We will be sending a loud and clear message that enough is enough. The state spends 41% less on each CSU student today than it did 30 years ago, when the student body was predominantly white. By choosing to continually underfund the CSU, despite the state having recovered from the Great Recession, Gov. Brown’s budget penalizes current CSU students with education on the cheap, instead of the state investment they deserve.

For more reasons to come to Sacramento, click here and download the flyer.

We need you to help us urge Gov. Brown and lawmakers to invest in the CSU and its faculty and students. Click here to sign up to join us on April 4 at the Capitol.