Tuition increases for Oregon public universities range from 2% to 7% for fall
Incoming freshmen at almost all public universities in Oregon will pay more for tuition this fall as schools battle inflation and budget deficits and face uncertain enrollment with COVID-19 always persistent. Rate increases range from 2% to 7% for Oregon residents at the seven public universities in the state. Oregon Tech offered the biggest increase, increasing tuition and annual fees by 7% or nearly $700 for Oregon residents attending full-time and more than $2,000 for college students. out of state.
At each university, student tuition fees account for more than half of revenue. About a quarter comes from state appropriations and the rest from other sources, according to the Oregon Department of Education. Enrollment at all but one public university in the state — Oregon State — was down in 2021-22 from 2019, before the pandemic.
University of Oregon
For the 2022-23 academic year, the University of Oregon Board of Trustees has decided to raise tuition by 4.5% for in-state students and 3% for undergraduates. from out of state. The increases will only apply to incoming freshmen as the university locks in tuition for undergraduates at the start of each new class. The university raised fees for all incoming freshmen by 3.74% from last year.
Tuition and annual fees for resident undergraduate students enrolled full-time — three terms of 15 credit hours each — will be $15,000, up from $14,421 last year. Out-of-state students will pay $41,700, up from about $40,500 the previous year.
The University’s Tuition Advisory Board said it recommended the increases due to projected budget shortfalls. It plans to pay about $20 million more in operating costs by 2023, largely due to staff salary increases, according to a report by the university’s Tuition Advisory Board. He also cited inflation, the likelihood of fewer transfers to university from community colleges, and uncertainty about the continued impact of Covid on student retention and enrolment.
Oregon Institute of Technology
Students attending Oregon Tech campuses in Klamath Falls and Portland could pay 7% more in tuition and fees starting this fall. Since the increase is more than 5%, the change must be approved by the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission. The university cited the high cost of equipment in science, technology, engineering and math programs as one of the reasons for the increase, as well as a drop in funds following a legislative change. of 2021 of the funding formula for public universities in the state.
“While some regional universities have seen their funding increase by $7-8 million as a result of the formula review, Oregon Tech’s funding has been reduced, placing considerable pressure on meeting the needs of our students,” according to a press release.
If approved, Oregon residents would pay $10,200 for one year of full-time tuition, up $682 from last year. Out-of-state students would pay $32,500, up $2,100 from the previous year.
Oregon State University
Due to inflation and rising insurance and personnel costs, incoming freshmen at OSU will pay 4.5% more than freshmen last year, according to Steve Clark, vice president of academic relations. The increase will cost full-time freshmen an additional $450 per year; nonresident freshmen will pay approximately $1,400 more in tuition. Returning sophomores, juniors and seniors will pay 3.5% more. For returning resident undergraduates, tuition will increase by $360, while non-residents will pay an additional $1,035 for the year.
Tuition fees will not increase for resident graduate students, but non-residents will be required to pay an additional 3.5% for tuition. Tuition will increase from $26 to $50 per term, depending on whether students attend the Corvallis or Cascades campus.
In a press release, the university said it was increasing student financial aid by $11 million for the upcoming school year, bringing the university’s total financial aid to $84 million. double what it was five years ago.
Portland State University
Despite announcing a slightly higher overall budget for the 2022-23 school year, the Portland State University Board of Trustees is considering a 3.6% increase in tuition for students undergraduate residents and a 2% increase for resident graduates. They are considering a 1% increase for undergraduates and graduate students from out of state. The Tuition Review Advisory Committee recommended the increases at a meeting on April 7 due to a projected 4% drop in enrollment and rising inflation.
A full-time resident student would pay $9,000 per year and a full-time non-resident student would pay $27,900. For both, it’s $3,000 more than five years ago.
The committee recommended a 15% increase in student building fees and an 8% increase in university health services fees.
The university’s board of trustees will vote on the proposed increases at its meeting on Thursday, April 21. Traditionally, the board has adopted the tuition advisory committee’s recommendation, according to Christina Williams, director of university communications.
In February, the university announced it would charge students in 11 Washington state counties just 10% more than resident tuition, rather than charging them the full price of out-of-town tuition. the state.
Western Oregon University:
The Western Oregon University Monmouth Tuition and Tuition Advisory Committee has recommended a 3.19% increase for resident undergraduates and a 2.9% increase for undergraduates out-of-state cycle outside the Western Undergraduate Exchange, an agreement between 11 western states, Texas, the Dakotas, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Marshall Islands. These students pay 150% of Oregon resident tuition, about $15,000 less per year than students in other states.
The university’s board of trustees will meet on April 20 to decide whether to approve the increases, which were driven by cost increases, according to Ana Caraman, vice president of finance and administration.
“We try to stay reasonable with inflation,” she said. “We still remain one of Oregon’s most affordable institutions.”
The only fee increases will be for health services, which will cost an additional $4 per term.
Eastern Oregon University
Eastern Oregon University froze student tuition in 2021 due to Covid. For the 2022-23 school year, the university’s board of trustees is considering a 4.9% increase for resident undergraduates — just below the 5% threshold that requires college approval. State – and a 4.25% increase for non-resident undergraduates.
“We are catching up somewhat,” according to Tim Seydel, vice president for school advancement. “Like all state universities, we face historic inflationary pressures.”
Undergraduate resident students would pay an additional $475 for tuition while non-residents would pay an additional $950.
The board will decide on the increases at two meetings in May.
Southern Oregon University
The Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees has not yet received a proposal for 2022-23 tuition. They will meet on April 22 to discuss options, according to Joe Mosley, director of community and media relations.
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