University Budget Office FAQ’s

What is CUNY's Fiscal Year?

CUNY's fiscal year is from July 1st to June 30th.

How much is CUNY's Budget?

For Fiscal Year 2014, CUNY's overall tax-levy operating budget is $3.0 billion.

What is the source of CUNY's funding?

The budget for the University is appropriated by the State and the City. The State of New York is the principal funding source of the University, financing 46 % of the fiscal year 2014 operating budget. Tuition revenue, which must be recognized and appropriated by the City and State, is the second largest source of funding, comprising 44 % of the FY2014 operating budget. The City of New York finances the remaining 10 % of the cost of operating City University.

How is the total funding amount determined?

The University annually submits an operating tax-levy budget request to the State and the City that is comprised of both the mandatory, or base-line needs, and the programmatic request. The mandatory request includes contractual salary increases calculated by the colleges and other than personal service (OTPS) inflationary increases that are based on previous year expenditures plus an increase determined by the application of the Higher Education Price Index. It also includes requests for rent increases, fringe benefits, energy and new building needs. The programmatic request is based on University Program initiatives outlined in the Master Plan and is developed by University's central leadership in consultation with various CUNY constituencies, including members of the Board of Trustees, College Presidents, and faculty and student representatives. The University asks the State to fund the senior college mandatory request and a portion of the programmatic increases. The State is asked to fund a portion of the community college request as well through an increase in the per FTE funding (Base Aid). The City is asked to fund the community college mandatory needs and a portion of the programmatic request. The University commits to funding a portion of the request through modest annual tuition increases, additional tuition generated by increased enrollment and private fund raising.

Where are the dollars spent?

CUNY's budget is expended on the following functional areas:

Instruction and Departmental Research: includes all faculty teaching and research activity and all non-teaching, full-time academic staff from deans of divisions to departmental secretaries.

Academic Support Services: Includes all expenditures associated with the library, organized activities, organized research, and extension and public services. Organized activities include audio visual services, museums, galleries, and various media operations.

Student Services: Includes counseling, financial aid administration, registrar, athletics, international student services, admissions, and student health services, services to students with disabilities, and child care.

Maintenance and Operations: Includes administrative, maintenance, and custodial activities associated with colleges' physical plants.

General Administration: includes presidential offices, legal services, fiscal operations, campus development, and grants offices.

General Institutional Services: includes information technology, security, mail and printing, institutional research, public relations, computer and telephone services.

What is the total budget breakdown between senior and community colleges?

Of the total FY2014 operating budget of $3.0 billion, $2.2 billion is allocated for costs at the senior colleges and $800 million is appropriated for the community colleges to expend.

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