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After massive cuts to the California budget due to COVID-19, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has not only revised the funding, but set aside over $807 million alone to University of California schools. 

The University of California Office of the President released a statement thanking Newsom for “the largest state investment in UC’s history ”  and that the funding “includes more than $506 million in ongoing funding for core campus operations, student needs and medical training.” 

The statement also says that the additional support from the governor’s “one time funding” will help support the expansion of healthcare to underserved communities and “foster diversity through the UC Prime Program,” a medical school program that not only tailors a training programs for students who want to pursue a career in medicine but focuses on encouraging students from “underserved communities to pursue a medical degree.”

“UCLA flaunted that they got $5.4 billion in donations last year for the 100th anniversary, but where is that money now? Especially during the pandemic and people needing relief funds,” Kandrex Millones, a third year mathematics major at the University of California Los Angeles (USC) told Scriberr News.  

Millones said she would like to see the funds allocated to “students with a low expected family contribution, distributions of funds for underrepresented student orgs/clubs, foster youth, and work study students instead of directing the majority of it to maintaining their athletes.”  

In addition, the funding will also increase technology help and expand funding to provide mental health support for students.

Previously, the UC schools experienced about a $2 billion loss in funding due to the pandemic, such as a decrease of $106.4 million of the general fund for the CAl grant program, and a decrease of $5.1 million for the general fund for the Former and Current Foster Youth Access Award. Students have their own ideas about what their schools should do with the surplus of money. 

Bailey Nantis, an incoming first year at the University of Los Angeles California (UCLA) majoring in neuroscience, told Scriberr News she believes a portion of the money “should be allocated to undergraduate research so that students are able to gain experience conducting extensive research projects.” 

Nantis said that not only does undergraduate research “give students the opportunity to build on their knowledge and attempt to make an impact, but it also acts as a learning tool for students to build transferable skills, and learn to defend their work.”

Sara Balasuriya, an incoming first year at UC Davis majoring in Human Development  believes that “a good use of the new funding to the UC’s would be to allocate the money towards more scholarships to make the UC’s more affordable for more students.” 

“This would include things like tuition, housing, and even study abroad, because everyone deserves that experience,” Balasuriya told Scriberr News.

Written BySydni Gift

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