#FreeTheCSU Legislative and Budget Advocacy

Budget Advocacy (TAKE ACTION NOW):

We need the CSU to be fully funded in this year’s state budget in order to ensure the recently-approved tuition increase is rescinded, as well as to provide the resources we need for more classes and professors. Right now, Governor Brown has proposed allocating the CSU $167.7 million less than the system requested. For a fully funded CSU, we need the Governor and the CA Legislature to allocate the full $325 augmentation that the CSU requested. For more information about CSU funding and the budget process, see this FAQ. For reasons to support the CSU’s full budget request, see this list of reasons.


SQE believes the Governor and the CA State Legislature have an obligation to fully fund the CSU. Tuition has increased more than 283% since 2002 as a result of de-funding (per-student state investment is now half of what it was in 1985). 1 in 10 students are homeless while 1 in 5 are food insecure. Students are working and borrowing more, while studying less. If we convince the Governor to allocate the full $325 million that the CSU needs in his May revise of the budget, the tuition increase voted on by the Board of Trustees will be reversed! Join us in writing to our elected officials, demanding that they put their money where their mouths are. #325Million #FreeTheCSU

Legislative Advocacy (TAKE ACTION NOW):

Our fights against the tuition increase, for the protection of undocumented students, and for free public higher education are not over…they have just begun! We are taking these campaigns to the Capitol, by supporting three bills that are currently moving through the CA legislature. Legislators need to see that students care about these issues. Our voices can help ensure that these bills get the votes they need to move out of committees, onto the House and Senate floor, and finally to the Governor’s desk for signature. Below you can find more information about each bill, as well as SQE’s letters of support for these bills. We need everyone to sign onto these letters to show legislators that students and our communities are watching, and that we demand public higher education to be a top priority. To sign these letters and show your support, click here. After you’ve done that, you can send a message directly to your own legislators at www.stopthefees.org 

AB393, The Student Protection Act, would freeze tuition and statewide fees for CSU and Community College students, and urge the UC Regents to do likewise, through the end of June 2020. The author is Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva.  You can find a fact sheet with more information about AB393 here, the full text of the bill here, and SQE’s letter of support here.

AB21, Access to Higher Education for Every Student, would direct public colleges and universities to enact a broad range of protections for undocumented students. The author is Assemblymember Ash Kalra. You can find a fact sheet with more information about AB21 here, the full text of the bill here, and SQE’s letter of support here.

AB1038 would create a commission tasked with publishing a report about how to achieve a public higher education system in California that is tuition-free and affordable for costs beyond tuition. The author is Assemblymember Rob Bonta. You can find a fact sheet with more information about AB 1038 here, the full text of the bill here, and SQE’s letter of support here.

Don’t forget to sign on in support of these bills! We will be announcing other opportunities to get involved in legislative advocacy over the next few weeks, so make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and if you have any questions about how to plug in email us at csusqeweb@gmail.com