Student Housing Resources

SB 169 and the associated funding set aside in the 2021-22 State Budget is intended to provide affordable, low-cost housing options for students enrolled in public postsecondary education in California. SB 169 establishes a program of one-time grants for the construction of student housing. It also encourages colleges to acquire and renovate commercial properties for student housing.


SB 169 distributes $500 million from the 2021-22 State Budget in the following manner:

  • 50% of funding for California Community Colleges
  • 30% of funding for California State University
  • 20% of funding for University of California

Additionally, the bill states it is the Legislature's intent that the planned $1.5 billion investment in student housing in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 budget years would use the same formula.


Important Dates

SB 169 also contains critical deadlines that colleges and districts should be aware of:


December 31, 2022: SB 169 encourages the construction of these projects to begin by this date, or by the earliest possible date thereafter.


SB 169 states it is the intent of the Legislature for $25 million to be used by community colleges for:
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Engineering Studies
  • Financing Studies
  • Environmental Impact Studies
  • Architectural Plans
  • Application Fees
  • Legal Services
  • Permitting Costs
  • Bonding and Site Preparation

Pursuant to California Public Contract Code 20651, and in an effort to assist California's community college districts with the most qualified vendors, the League solicited proposals for Student Housing Feasibility Studies and selected The Scion Group and Brailsford & Dunlavey.

For questions on Student Housing Feasibility Studies, please contact Lisa Mealoy, Chief Operating Officer, at