Some Oregon Higher Education Institutions Slash Tuition Fee Increases Due to State Funding

In April, when the Oregon Institute of Technology set its tuition fee for the new academic year, the university’s board agreed to a 4.9% increase. But, the board said it wouldn’t increase tuition fees that much if Oregon’s public universities received more public funds.

It ended up happening. Oregon’s seven public universities were originally slated to receive $ 836 million from the state, but ended up getting away with $ 900 million by the end of this legislative session.

As a result, the ILO will increase its basic tuition rates by 3.9% instead of 4.9% for undergraduates and graduate students. For a resident undergraduate student, this change equates to an increase of about $ 8 per credit hour instead of about $ 10 per credit hour for the 2021-2022 school year.

This means that the average tuition fee for state undergraduates, of 15 credits per term, drops from just over $ 9,200 to about $ 9,570 per year. The annual tuition fee would have been just over $ 9,660 with the initially agreed increase.

“The financial commitment from the Oregon Legislature will allow us to pass savings directly to our students and keep our tuition fee increases lower than expected,” said Ken Fincher, vice president of the institutional advancement of the ILO, in a press release. “We have advocated with other public universities in Oregon for increased state funding for public universities and we are relieved that the state is investing in education at such a crucial time. “

Clackamas Community College is making a similar appeal. The college’s Board of Education originally approved a tuition increase of $ 5 per credit hour. He lowers that increase to $ 3 per credit hour.

“On behalf of the CCC Education Council, I want to thank our lawmakers for giving community colleges the support they need to continue serving our students and helping the state’s economic recovery,” Chairman of the board Greg Chaimov said in a statement.

At CCC, full-time state students will see their tuition fees drop from about $ 4,860 per year to about $ 4,995. The average annual tuition fee would have been $ 5,085 with the initial increase.

Oregon Community Colleges received approximately $ 703 million from the state for the next two-year budget cycle. This is over $ 60 million more than what they received in the last budget cycle.

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