The California State University system has been hit with about $1 billion in state funding cuts since 2007-8. At that time, state funding accounted for about 67 percent of the overall $4.5 billion operating budget, said CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp. Fast forward to 2011-12, and the state provides about 50 percent of the nearly $4 billion budget.
The system has tried to compensate for that loss by nearly doubling tuition, bringing it up from the $2,772 per year for a full-time undergraduate in 2007-8 to $5,472 in 2011-12. Along with such tuition increases the system cut programs and instituted other cost-saving measures such as leaving positions unfilled, Uhlenkamp said. That has allowed it to recoop about half, or $500 million of those cuts, he said.
Tuition is set to go up again for the 2012-13 school year. It will cost undergraduate students $5,970 per year, Uhlenkamp said. The system's officials also announced last month it will shut the door on nearly all of its spring 2013 applicants because of drastic cuts to state funding.
CSU serves nearly 427,000 students at its 23 campuses statewide.
This does not take into account what may happen if a November ballot initiative that would raise taxes does not pass. The passing of such an initiative is the linchpin in Gov. Jerry Brown's 2012 budget plan, and what would stave off $5.2 billion in cuts to education statewide. If it doesn't pass, CSU would be hit with another $200 million in cuts.