The Federal Investment in the University of California

The University of California’s Federal Support

The 2013-2014 year total of the UC federal support for UC and UC students is $8,473 million dollars, or $8.47 billion. For comparison, the California state budget in 2014 was $211 billion. It jumped to $253 billion in 2015.

The Table below is from the “Budget for Current Operations, Summary and Detail, 2015-16”, by the University of California.

The largest category is Program Support, consisting of, in millions of dollars:

Research Grants and Contracts              2,017
Indirect Cost Recovery.                               710
DOE National Laboratory Operations     995
DOE Lab Management Fee.                         35
Other Contracts and Grants.                      267

Total Program Support: $4.024 billion, or 47.5%.
The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation account for nearly 80% of the Research support.

The second largest category is Patient Care, consisting of, in millions of dollars:

Medicare. 1,600
Medicaid. 1,200

Total Patient Care: $2.800 billion, or 33.0%.

The final category is Student Financial Aid, consisting of, in millions of dollars

Pell Grants.                                      349
Other Undergraduate Grants.        13
Graduate Fellowships.                   100
Student Loans.                              1,151
Work-study.                                       37

Total Student Financial Aid: $1.340 billion, or 15.8%.
I would prefer that this topic be called the Federal Investment in California’s Research and University Education. UC Berkeley and UCLA are among the highest ranked Universities and Public Universities in the US, and often in the World. The other of the 10 UC campuses are also highly ranked, followed by the smaller campuses. We have national and worldwide caliber research faculty, post docs, graduate students, and undergraduates. Our undergraduates are only the top eighth of high school graduates. The federal government’s funds are well invested in our research, teaching, and students.

The strength of the University and the students we produce make California the economic success that it is. The investment in patient care creates doctors for California and the Nation.

Let’s not forget that California is an advanced state financially, and pays its fair share of federal taxes. When returned to the state in federal funding, the tax revenue is used to drive the growth of California and the United States.

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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