The main thing on everyone’s mind right now is the massive budget cuts our
new governor, Jerry Brown, is implementing statewide. The new state
budget begins on July 1 and will include an increase $12 billion in tax
increases, and cut $12.5 billion in the state budget. Along with the cuts
towards the University of California, the budget will also cut public
employee pay, state Medicaid, and welfare programs.
UC will most likely face reduction in enrollment as well, “Lenz said it was probably too late in the UC admissions process for enrollment for this fall to be substantially reduced. However, the number of slots for midyear transfer students could be cut, and the freshmen numbers for 2012 might be affected too.”
Yudof said in a statement, “I will be giving each of the system’s 10 chancellors specific budget reduction targets and asking them to develop and report back to me within six weeks their plans for meeting them. We will do the same at the system’s central office. I then will go to our governing Board of Regents with a detailed scenario of what steps would be required to absorb a $500 million reduction — a reduction that will take the state’s annual per student contribution to $7,210, compared to the $7,930 (amount after one-third of tuition has been returned, by policy, to financial aid) to be paid by students and their families.”
California Community Colleges will also see a heavy cuts; California
Community College Chancellor, Jack Scott, said that around 350,000
students will not be able to enroll in any classes next year. The proposal
will also force community colleges to raise the fees per unit from $26 to
$35. At the California State University, Chancellor Charles Reed is
already coming up with drastic changes in order to combat the budget cuts.
These changes include cutting classes, laying off staff, reducing
enrollment, and increasing class sizes. The bright side for Cal State
students is that there will not be any tuition increase in the next year.
Ultimately, students are worried that high quality education will no
longer be available for a reasonable price.
State DREAM act introduced
The DREAM act is alive! Although the US Congress recently rejected the
DREAM act, Californian undocumented students still have hope. Today
Assemblyman Gil Cedillo re-introduced the DREAM act to California state
government. The act would give undocumented students the chance to pay
in-state tuition and apply for financial aid and state grants at public
universities. In 2006, Cedillo saw the DREAM act pass through the state
Senate and Assembly but halted when then Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed
the bill three times due to its financial burdens. But with a new
governor, Jerry Brown, there will be new hopes for this bill.
Cedillo plans on splitting the act into two bills. The first bill lets
undocumented students become eligible for community college fee waivers
and student aid. Cedillo claims that this bill wouldn’t cost the state
any money because the aid is picked out of a preexisting pool; the state
wouldn’t be adding more money to the pool just more applicants. The
second bill will allow illegal immigrants who are California residents
the chance to apply for Cal Grants. These bills will help give more
students the chance to get a high quality education.
Learn more about the state dream act here: