About the UCSC budget

This document, excerpted from the Budget Handbook and the Bird's Eye View publications, provides a broad overview of the major fund sources supporting the University's budget and the major categories of expenditures.

More Resources

  • The UC Santa Cruz Budget - A Bird's Eye View
    This annual publication provides an overview of the campus' 2008-09 budget. [More]
  • UCSC Budget Handbook - An Overview of Funds Supporting UCSC
    The budget handbook refines and clarifies the campus's operating budget processes and the principles by which resources are allocated. [More]

For more detailed information, please see the two documents listed at the right or visit the Planning and Budget website.


UC Santa Cruz is one of ten University of California campuses and has a 2008-09 operating budget of approximately $540 million. These funds come from many sources.

Of this, approximately $290 million are considered general (or core) funds. These funds are derived primarily from the State, the educational fee and nonresident tuition paid by students, and a portion of the campus's overhead receipts. They are used to support instruction, research, the library, admission, registration, and financial aid offices, maintenance of state-funded facilities, and an array of administrative and protective services. These are funds that are expected to continue from year to year to support the ongoing activities of the campus. They are permanently budgeted funds and they are the primary source of funding for our faculty positions, staff salaries, and our core operations.

UC Santa Cruz's Operating Budget for 2008-09
($540.1 Million)

Where the funds come from ...

How the funds are used ...

The Primary Expense Categories ...
(in millions)

Academic Salaries (faculty, teaching assistants, and librarians)

$ 91.3

Staff Salaries-includes budget for career & temporary staff, as well as student employees


Employee Benefits




Special Outlays (financial aid, library books, utilities, extramural research)


Less recharges


$ 540.1

Major UCSC divisions/departments-their responsibilities and base budgets

UCSC has five academic divisions (Arts, Humanities, Physical & Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, and a School of Engineering), business and administrative services, student support activities, academic and residential colleges, and an assortment of other academic and institutional support activities such as the university library, university relations, and information technology services.

Some areas are funded primarily with general core funds (State general funds, educational fee revenue, and a portion of overhead receipts). Other areas are supported with student fees (registration fees, campus based fees, miscellaneous fees) and some areas are largely self-supporting or supported by recharge income. The following illustrates the different funding patterns for some of our major units.

Academic Divisions
($102 million, excluding C&G activity)

Academic and Residential Colleges
($48 Million)

Information Technology Services
($27 million)

Business and Administrative Services
($77 million)

Student Affairs
($92 million)

University Relations
($7 million)

The 2008-09 Budget Summary by Major Division tables summarize the base budget, and the major activities that are supported by the budget.

Resources coming to the Santa Cruz campus

Resources come to UCSC from many sources - referred to as revenue streams. The five main revenue streams that support the UCSC operating budget are derived from the following sources:

Trends in State resources coming to the University of California system

The funds the University receives from the State represent the largest single fund source providing the vital core support for the University's core mission programs of teaching, research, and public service. These funds do not flow directly from the State to UCSC, but are allocated by UCOP using either a programmatic or formulaic approach that is intended to direct funds consistent with the plan approved by The Regents and discussed with the State.

The amount of State support that UC receives has been declining steady. Since 1990-91, the State's share of average inflation-adjusted expenditures for educating UC students has declined by 40%. Over this period, student fees have helped to make up for the declines in State support, and as a result, the student share (net of financial aid) has more than doubled. Student fees now pay for about 31% of the costs of attending UC, up from 13%.

UC Per-Student Average Expenditures
(2007-08 Dollars)

2007-08 UC Revenue and
Expenditures from Core Funds

While University funding from the State in real dollars has tripled since 1980-81, the University's share of the total State General Fund budget has declined markedly over the long term. In the late 1980s, more than 5% of the State General Fund was dedicated to UC; by 2008-09, the UC share had declined to 3.2%.

State General Fund Support ($billions)

UC Share of State Budget