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Tuition Increase at the UO?

As it stands, only four states provide less funding per student in higher education than Oregon. After providing a increase in funding in 2015, the state has now elected to keep funding flat over the next two years, a decision that could cause serious issues at the University of Oregon.

As the UO faces an increase in operating expenses due to, among other things, collectively bargained salary increases and unfunded retirement costs, maintaining the status quo in state funding amounts to a relative reduction. While the university looks for new revenue streams and areas where expenses can be cut to help cover the difference, the lives of Duck students, faculty, and staff members are set to be impacted.

Open positions may remain unfilled. Some positions may be eliminated altogether. And, for students, the cost of tuition may increase.

The Tuition and Fee Advisory Board (TFAB) has recommended a $21 per credit hour increase at the UO, an amount that equates to $945 per year for undergraduate students. The TFAB has also proposed tuition increases for graduate students, as well as a $50 per term technology fee.

UO president Michael Schill and provost Scott Coltrane have accepted TFAB's recommendations, and are asking for public input. Alumni and fellow members of the UO community are invited to weigh in on the decision here, and are asked to do so by 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 17.

Alumni who wish to support the UO and ask lawmakers in Salem to prioritize higher education are invited to attend University of Oregon Lobby Day at the Capitol. On Thursday, March 9, students, faculty, staff members, and alumni will join together in Salem to meet with legislators about the state budget. Free transportation from the UO campus will be provided, and attendees are asked to register by March 8.

- Damian Foley, UO Communications

Full text of the president's statement on the proposed tuition increase.
Register for University of Oregon Lobby Day at the Capitol.