Among UC’s core funds — those that most directly support our academic mission — state support remains critical.
Recognizing that access to quality higher education is a crucial investment in California’s future, the University and the State have long partnered to provide a high-caliber educational experience for all qualified California students, regardless of social background or financial situation. That partnership has paid off — UC has educated generations of Californians who have contributed to the economic, social and cultural vitality of the state.
While the University is supported by multiple revenue sources, consistent with our diverse operations — including research grants, payments from medical insurance plans, laboratory management fees and such — State funds remain critical for supporting UC’s core instructional mission and make it possible to attract funds from other sources.
After several years of dramatic cuts in state support during the Great Recession, UC has seen relative stability since 2013 thanks to a multiyear funding plan UC established with Governor Brown and support from the California legislature. The proposed 2019-20 budget request represents a balanced strategy designed to maintain the University’s historic commitment to the goals of access, excellence, and affordability.
To learn more about the UC budget, see the 2019-20 Budget for Current Operations.