2010-11 State Legislative Highlights
The 2010-11 budget had anticipated $1.1 billion in federal funds although it was unclear whether these funds would materialize. Although the State received approximately $800 million in expected federal funding, it fell approximately $300 million short of the $1.1 billion in budgeted funds.
The Division of Budget (DOB) released a contingency plan to balance the state budget. This measure allowed the DOB to apply across-the-board reductions to so-called "local programs", which included our higher ed programs. It applied reductions of 1.1 percent to current year funding that had not yet been disbursed. This reduction affected programs such as TAP, Bundy, HEOP, STEP/CSTEP, Liberty Partnerships, community college based aid, and other higher education programs.
cIcu worked with various state agencies to accelerate payments to reduce the effect of these cuts to higher education programs. In spite of their efforts, the following cuts were implemented:
cIcu prepared a chart which provides more details on these and other cuts. cIcu has asked the Higher Education Services Corporation how they expect to administer the TAP cut. They are reviewing the issue and will soon communicate directly with the University.