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CCC Budget Prioritizes Equity, Affordability

July 14, 2022

MiraCosta College student center, 2018. Photo courtesy of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.With $13.4 billion to spend in 2022-23, the California Community Colleges will invest heavily in equity-focused student supports, college affordability, career pathway programs, and technology.

The new state budget, enacted on June 30, increases overall funding for the community colleges by roughly $4 billion over 2021-22 levels through a combination of ongoing and one-time funds. Many of the new investments are one-time, focused on addressing pandemic-related needs.

According to a CCC Chancellor’s Office statement, the budget positions the system to better serve students, with historic per-student funding increases as well as investments in talent and technology that will strengthen educational equity and economic mobility for Californians.

“Thanks to diligent advocacy by our students and partners, and support from the legislature and administration, this budget positions California Community Colleges to advance educational equity and economic mobility,” said CCC Chancellor Eloy Oakley in a message to the field. “It is a remarkable opportunity to support students, their families and our communities while strengthening our statewide commitment to the Vision for Success.”

The CCC budget is shaped by the Roadmap for the Future, a framework developed by the governor’s administration and the Chancellor’s Office. The roadmap is modeled after the Vision for Success and establishes a commitment toward investing available Proposition 98 funds to meet additional expectations for the system over the next four years.

Highlights of the budget agreement include significant investments in financial aid programs and student housing, as well as additional funding for individual colleges, online learning programs, categorical student services, and mandated programs.

Technology investments include $100 million from the Proposition 98 General Fund, of which $75 million is one-time. The funding is aimed at modernizing the systemwide technology infrastructure, including sensitive data protection efforts at the community colleges.

Get a detailed look at the 2022-23 state budget here.