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Information on historical and prospective Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) percentages since 2013–14, the inception of LCFF.

To help school districts and charter schools develop budgets and perform long range planning, the State Department of Finance (DOF), provides estimates of COLA as part of the annual budget process External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF). The statutory COLA is final as of the May Revision, the May before the budget is enacted.

For historical information on Gap Funding, go to the LCFF Gap Funding web page.


COLA Estimated COLA
(at Governor's Budget)
Statutory COLA
(set at May Revise)
FY 2020–21 2.29% TBD
FY 2019–20 3.46% 3.26%
FY 2018–191 2.51% 2.71%
(Super COLA 3.70%)
FY 2017–18 1.48% 1.56%
FY 2016–17 0.47% 0.00%
FY 2015–16 1.58% 1.02%
FY 2014–15 0.86% 0.85%
FY 2013–14 1.65% 1.57%

1The 2018–19 Budget Act authorized a higher COLA, known as "Super COLA”, for school districts and charter schools.

DOF Projected COLA

To assist school districts and charter schools in preparing their budgets and multiyear projections, the following table provides the most recent COLA estimates from the DOF; previous DOF estimates are not provided.

DOF Estimate
(at 2020–21 Governor's Budget)
FY 2020–21 FY 2021–22 FY 2022–23
Statutory COLA 2.29% 2.71% 2.82%
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