Through its partnership with the federal government, UC is an economic engine for California and the nation – educating students and creating knowledge, cures, technologies, jobs, startup companies and spinoff industries.

The federal government provides support for the University of California in three crucial areas: student financial aid, research and health care programs. Last year, UC received more than $9 billion in total federal support. These funds help UC educate the next-generation workforce, advance scientific breakthroughs and provide world-class medical training.

To help maintain the university’s excellence in research, education, health care and public service, UC supports robust and sustained funding for federal agencies – such as the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Energy, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and NASA – so that UC can continue to serve as an engine for growth and innovation for the state and beyond.

The White House Budget Request for federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 proposed dramatic funding cuts to a wide array of education, research and health programs. While Congress has taken steps to reject some of these proposals, major decisions have yet to be made and federal funding for UC’s core missions remains at risk.

Below are examples of challenges we face:

  • For the first time in six years, legislation that passed the House of Representatives does not ensure that the maximum Pell Grant award keeps up with inflation, which would place another hurdle in front of lower-income UC students. Additionally, the legislation would reduce the Pell Grant surplus by $3.27 billion – on top of the $1.31 billion rescission from FY 2017 – putting the continued viability of the program at risk.
  • Legislation that passed the House, as well as a bill moving in the Senate, cuts funding for the National Science Foundation, which sponsors about 20 percent of all merit-based university research across every discipline and helps to train and educate the next generation scientific and engineering workforce. The House legislation also would eliminate the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, which funds high-potential energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. UC researchers are among the most successful ARPA-E awardees.
  • Legislation that passed the House considerably reduces public health service and health professions training programs. These programs help UC medical professionals stay on the cutting edge of disease outbreak response, as well as train the next generation of medical professionals. Additionally, legislation currently moving in the Senate would also make significant cuts to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a key agency partner in helping prevent disease outbreaks and managing responses when they occur.

Want to learn more about UC’s federal education and research portfolios, as well as our partnership with the federal government? Make sure to explore our education and research advocacy toolkit.