Tuition rises, fees drop, but OSU students to pay more next year
Full-time Oregon State University students are likely to yet again see an increase in tuition and fees this upcoming academic year, after the Oregon State Board of Higher Education reviews and approves tuition rates at a meeting scheduled for Friday. The board is expected to raise tuition an average of 3 percent at Oregon’s seven universities.
OSU undergraduates taking the standard 15 credits are expected to pay $8,138 in tuition and fees, a 5.1 percent increase compared to this academic year.
Tuition alone could increase by 6.9 percent, from $6,228 to $6,660.
However, next year’s tuition bump is offset by a decrease in tuition dollars compared to last year. Students will pay $447.57 per term this coming year, compared to $460.47 per term this year.
The decrease in fees is due to a growing student population and a careful scrutinization of student fee-funded organization’s budgets, said Josh Makepeace, the chairman of the Student Incidental Fees Committee, a student-run body that reviews and approves student fees.
“We held organizations accountable and kept fees low while ensuring that they are taken care of; it’s that simple,” Makepeace said via email.
Fees are determined separately from tuition, which is determined by a University Budget Committee tuition-setting subcommittee comprised of university employees and students. In addition, the Oregon University System, who governs the state’s seven public universities, allowed for public comment regarding tuition at OSU on May 4 and accepted emailed comments from April 27 to May 16. Only three comments were received.
Students may have a chance to comment on tuition at Friday’s board meeting, scheduled to be held at Portland State University’s Academic and Student Recreation Center beginning at 7:30 a.m.
“I hope to hear some input from OSU students this time around,” said Farbodd Ganjifard, an OSU student and board member.
Some Oregon public universities actually will see their tuition and fees drop next year. For example, Portland State University students will see a 3.8 percent increase in tuition compared to last year but will pay 1.4 percent less in tuition and fees due to a dramatic decrease in fees. The university no longer will require not-covered students to purchase health insurance, which resulted in a savings of $111-a-term in fees.
University of Oregon students will see the greatest system-wide increase in tuition and fees. They’ll pay $9,310 next year, or 5.9 percent more than this year.
OSU’s anticipated tuition increase is still less than what it saw last year, when it rose 8.1 percent.
The tuition increases are partially due to the decreasing share of state allocations. The Oregon University System received 16 percent less in state funds for the 2011-13 biennium compared to the last biennium, or $691 million compared to $824 million.