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Students will pay lower tuition starting in January at Oregon’s public universities

Funding approved by the Governor and Legislature in Special Session reduces and then freezes OUS tuition rates

PORTLAND, November 15, 2013 – Students will be paying lower tuition beginning in January with today’s approval by the State Board of Higher Education of new rates effective Winter Term 2014 at all Oregon University System campuses. This reduction comes from a Special Session investment of $25 million approved by the Legislature and Governor in September specifically to “buy down” or reduce the level of tuition increases for resident undergraduate students.

This is the second time that tuition rates have been revised since the Board provided their original approval of resident undergraduate rates in June. In the Regular Session this year, the Legislature and Governor approved $15 million targeted to reduce tuition. Together with the Special Session funding of $25 million, this provides $40 million to reduce tuition for the 2013-2015 biennium, lowering increases this year from the 4.8% average originally approved in June by the Board, to the new average increase of 2.5%. This provides an average of $150 in savings for students.

Next year, in Fall 2014, undergraduate resident tuition will freeze for the first time since 2001, not increasing for the entire 2014-15 academic year above 2013-14 rates. Today’s vote approved only revisions in 2013-14 tuition rates; 2014-15 rates will be approved by the State Board in conjunction with the new campus institutional boards next Spring.

Melody Rose, interim chancellor of the Oregon University System said, “This is great news for students and families in Oregon. Between this year’s reduction and the freeze next year, affordability will increase for Oregonians, and the cost barrier will lower. We are grateful to the Governor and Legislature for providing resources for our students across the state who need tuition relief to help them stay in school and complete their degrees. We all benefit from the more robust economy that our graduates help create.”

Oregon University System Base Tuition and Fee Rates for 2013-14 Academic Year

REVISED November 2013 from July 2013 Board Approval

Annual Rates for RESIDENT UNDERGRADUATE Students for 15 Credit Hours

Public University

Tuition Only

Tuition & Mandatory Fees[3]

Revised 2013-14 Tuition

2012-13 Tuition

$ increase over        2012-13

% increase over                 2012-13

Revised 2013-14 Tuition & Fees

2012-13 Tuition & Fees

$ increase over        2012-13

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OSU-Cascades Campus (Bend)[1]




































WOU (Base)[2]









SYSTEM AVERAGE (unweighted)









* Per legislative budget notes, Fall term increases were to be an average of 3.5% while Winter and Spring terms are to be an average of 2%, with a resulting annual average of 2.5%.  These limits apply to base per credit hour rates, with most rounded to the nearest whole dollar.

Fall 2013

Winter 2014

Spring 2014

Annualized Average








Budget note limits (tuition only) for entering Western Promise

Fall 2013

Winter 2014

Spring 2014

Annualized Average







[1] OSU charges the same tuition for any student enrolled between 12 and 16 credit hours, called a tuition plateau. This results in students paying variable per credit hour rates a with some receiving up to a 25% discount from the standard per credit hour. OSU is proposing a three year phase-out of the tuition plateau. The proposed structure for 2013-14 reduces the plateau to between 12 and 15 credit hours.

[2] WOU offers both a traditional Base rate and a Tuition Promise program guarantees that tuition rates for continuing students will not increase for 4 years.  The entering 2013-14 entering Promise rate is 5.7% higher than the prior year, but returning Promise students have 0% increase.  An additional base rate option that is 3.4% over last years entering rate will also be available for new students.  This table averages the rates and the increases.

WOU (Average of Base and Promise Cohorts)[2]









WOU - Entering Promise only









[3] 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.

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