More money could be coming to the University of California (UC) school system if Governor Jerry Brown’s budget proposal for the 2017-18 school year is approved in May. Gov. Brown wants to give the school’s budget a boost by $146 million, but also wants to eliminate a popular scholarship, according to Daily Bruin.
The proposal would be a 1.8 percent increase as compared to this year’s budget, bumping total state funds for the UC system coming in at more than $8.4 billion. The proposed higher education budget in total comes in at $31.9 billion.
The governor’s proposal included an increase in the school’s general fund by $131 million, as well as another $169 million earmarked for the final payment of the state’s responsibility towards the school’s retirement fund.
And while Gov. Brown is requesting $917 million to be distributed to financial aid, he also wants to eliminate the Middle Class Scholarship program, which offers aid for students coming from families making less than $156,000 per year. The scholarship helps cut the UC system’s average tuition and fees by up to 40 percent. Ending the program would save the state more than $116 million, and students that qualified for the 2016-17 school year would still be able to renew their scholarships.
With the plan to end the Middle Class Scholarship, not everyone is on board with the governor’s proposal for the UC school system. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said that eliminating the scholarship would make the cost of tuition skyrocket at UC schools by $20,000.
Another big problem with the budget is that it will leave a deficit of $2.1 billion. While Brown blames unanticipated lower state tax revenue, he will be revising the budget in time for the May vote.
Image Copyright Robert Couse-Baker.