The University Budget Office (UBO) is responsible for the overall management of City and State tax-levy operating funds, including allocating and administering these funds as well as tuition revenues. UBO develops the annual University-wide budget request for the Board of Trustees to the State of New York, and City of New York. It also monitors and reports University and college expenditures and tuition collections to ensure consistency with approved financial plans and adherence to City and State budgetary guidelines.

Visit the Resources page to access guidance documents on current University budget and analyses.

Key Staff

Catherine Abata, University Executive Budget Director
Josephine Vidal, University Director of Resource Management
Luis Trias, Assistant Budget Director

Contact Us

Mail: 230 West 41st Street – 5th Floor, New York, New York, 10036

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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. Tuition revenue, which must be recognized and appropriated by the City and State, is the second largest source of funding. The City of New York finances a portion of the operating costs.

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 the 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 also asked to fund a portion of the community college request as well as increase the per FTE funding (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.

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.