Chancellors say that without a state budget, 'We are operating with a blindfold on.' The delay has already forced campuses to borrow money and threatened some students' enrollment and financial aid.
By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2010
The leaders of California's three systems of public higher education made a joint plea Friday for quick passage of the much-delayed state budget, warning of negative consequences on campuses if the deadlock in Sacramento continues much longer...
UC and Cal State in effect are lending lower-income students the financial aid they were expecting to receive from the state's Cal Grant program, the officials said. Cal Grant payments for the new school year are on hold pending passage of the budget...
Campuses are dipping into financial reserves or borrowing to cover the delayed state payments, the leaders said. The state is expected eventually to make its payments, but the UC system meanwhile pays the interest costs of borrowing and loses a return on reserves it otherwise might have invested, Yudof explained.
Financial experts estimated that the budget delay has cost UC about $14 million since July.