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Tuition Freeze in effect through 2014-15 academic year, helping students manage costs

PORTLAND, June 6, 2014 – The State Board of Higher Education (the “Board” and OSBHE) today gave final approval to 2014-15 tuition rates, which are effective this coming Fall, among other approvals and business covered. This was the final regularly scheduled meeting of the State Board in representing all seven OUS institutions; from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015, the Board will govern the four regional and technical universities, and the three large universities will begin under their own governing boards beginning this July 1.

Tuition Rates     The Board approved the proposed tuition rates for the 2014-15 academic year.  It was noted that the Legislature and the Governor worked during the 2013 Session and the Special Session last fall to provide $40 million in additional state funding in order to reduce tuition increases for 2013-14, and in the case of 2014-15 tuition, to freeze resident undergraduate tuition at 2013-14 rates. The last time there was a tuition freeze in the Oregon University System was in 2001.

Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon institutional boards reviewed and endorsed their proposals for tuition and fee rates for the public universities to be in effect July 1, 2014. Starting next year those boards will be approving their own rates going forward if these rates are at or below 5%; rates above this must be approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. The rates for the technical and regional universities – Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Tech, Southern Oregon University, and Western Oregon University – will be approved by the OSBHE this year and next; and their institutional boards will approve rates going forward from that date.



Base Tuition and Fee Rates for 2014-15 Academic Year

Annual Rates for RESIDENT UNDERGRADUATE Students at 15 Credit Hours Per Term

Oregon Public University

Tuition Only

Tuition & Mandatory Fees[2]

Proposed 2014-15 Tuition

2013-14 Tuition[1]

$ Increase (decrease) over

% change over

Proposed 2014-15 Tuition & Fees

2013-14 Tuition[1] & Fees

$ Increase (decrease) over

% change over










OIT-Klamath Falls



























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[1] 2013-14 annual rate is based on each distinct term (Fall, Winter, Spring).  There was a decrease in the UG Resident rates between Fall and Winter terms.  2014-15 rate changes were based on Spring 2014 rates.

[2] Mandatory Enrollment Fees include Building, Incidental, Health Services, and Recreation Center/Student Union fees, most of which are recommended by student organizations and/or approved by student referendums.

[3] OSU has been maintaining a tuition plateau from 12 to 16 credit hours.  2014-15 is the second year of a three year phase out of the plateau.  The 12% increase is reflective of this year's reduction to the plateau discount.  The actual base per credit hour rate increase for 2014-15 is 0%.


The Board also voted on new Board officers, effective July 1, 2014. David Yaden was voted in as chair and will serve through June 30, 2015; and Jill Eiland will serve as vice-chair through September 30, 2014, after which a new vice-chair will be selected.

Western Oregon University president Mark Weiss was today re-appointed to another year, through June 30, 2015. Weiss has announced his intention to retire next year, and a search for a new president will commence later this year by the State Board of Higher Education.

In other action at today’s or recent committee and full meetings of the Board:

  • Endorsed the 2014-15 Achievement Compacts and authorized the Chancellor to submit to the Oregon Education Investment Board before the July 1, 2015 deadline.
  • Approved the following new academic programs: Eastern Oregon University, BA/BS in Early Childhood Education; Oregon Health and Science University, MN/P/MN/DNP in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and MPH in Biostatistics; Oregon Tech, BS in Population Health Management; Portland State University, BA/BS in Conflict Resolution, and BA in Judaic Studies; Western Oregon University, AB in Economics, AB in Computer Science, and AB in Information Systems.
  • Approved the transfer of the OUS International Programs bank account to OSU associate vice president for finance and administration, Michael Green.
  • Approved delegation to Chancellor or designee the authority to amend, repeal or otherwise transfer board policies, IMDs or other statements of OUS authority, except administrative rules, in prior consultation with Board leadership, in anticipation of the governance transition of FY 2015.
  • Endorsed the ETIC Transition Report and forwarded to the Oregon Education Investment Board.
  • Adopted a resolution for the transfer of retirement plan sponsorship to the University of Oregon, allowing participants and universities to implement other Senate Bill 270 changes without disruption of existing retirement benefits.
  • Accepted the OSBHE/HECC Transition Final Report.
  • Adopted the proposed Presidential Search Guidelines for the presidencies at EOU and WOU.
  • Heard reports from the president of the Interinstitutional Faculty Senate; and from the president of the Oregon Student Association.

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