Tuition

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Tuition & Fees
The University of Oregon delivers a world-class education and exceptional experience to students from around the world. Tuition and state support are the two main sources of revenue that pay for the bulk of the university’s operating costs, including faculty and staff salaries; classrooms and libraries; academic advising, information technology, facilities, fundraising, admissions, human resources, and over $40 million in financial aid and scholarships that help ensure UO remains accessible to every qualified Oregonian who wants to attend.

Tuition Updates

The tuition process for 2018-19 came to a close in early March when the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon adopted a modest increase for resident and nonresident tuition, established differential tuition in the Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, and adopted a reduction in the differential tuition for the Robert D. Clark Honors College.
 
The proposal from President Michael H. Schill — which grew out of discussions by the Tuition and Fee Advisory Board, public forums and an online survey — will raise resident tuition by 2.84 percent and nonresident tuition by 2.49 percent, or $6 and $18 per credit hour, respectively.
 
Additionally, the Lundquist College of Business will add a $20 per credit hour fee to undergraduate business school courses, with 20 percent of revenue from the fee going to need-based scholarships as well as investments in student advising, counseling services and tenure-track faculty lines.
 
At the same time, the Clark Honors College differential tuition will be reduced from $4,195 per year to $2,700, a 35.6 percent reduction. The reduction will be funded through the university’s Strategic Initiative Fund, as well as by cuts implemented by the college.

Tuition process for next academic year wraps at board meeting

Tuition and Fees at the UO

BASED ON ENROLLMENT OF 15 CREDITS PER TERM
FISCAL YEAR 2017-18 FOR UNDERGRADUTE RESIDENTS

$9,495
TUITION
 
$2,076
MANDATORY FEES
 
$11,571
TOTAL TUITION AND FEES
 
$9,495
TUITION
$2,076
MANDATORY FEES
$11,571
TOTAL TUITION AND FEES

BASED ON ENROLLMENT OF 15 CREDITS PER TERM
FISCAL YEAR 2017-18 FOR UNDERGRADUTE NON-RESIDENTS

$32,535
TUITION
 
$2,076
MANDATORY FEES
 
$34,611
TOTAL TUITION AND FEES
 
$32,535
TUITION
$2,076
MANDATORY FEES
$34,611
TOTAL TUITION AND FEES

State Contribution

While the cost of delivering a public education has only increased slightly over the last two decades when adjusted for inflation, the level of public support has declined significantly during the same time. Fundamentally, public disinvestment has shifted the burden of paying for a college education to students and families.

Source: UO Office of Institutional Research. CPI-adjusted. Revenue net of remissions.

Tuition is the primary funding source for the university's academic operations. 

E&G FUND FISCAL YEAR 2017-18 

$291.7M
NON-RESIDENT TUITION
$125.2M
RESIDENT TUITION
$70.3M
STATE APPROPRIATION
$37M
OTHER REVENUE
(includes fees, overhead on grants, interest and investment earnings, sales and service revenues)
$308.8M
NON-RESIDENT TUITION
$103.7M
RESIDENT TUITION
$66.8M
STATE APPROPRIATION
$39M
OTHER REVENUE
(includes fees, overhead on grants, interest and investment earnings, sales and service revenues)

The University of Oregon receives less state support per full-time equivalent student than other public AAU institutions.*

*Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Finance (Fiscal Year 2013-14) and Enrollment (Fiscal Year 2013-14). Full data available here.
Major Cost Drivers
The UO strives to keep tuition increases as low as possible, but the costs of operating a world-class research institution continue to increase every year. A core part of UO's budgeting exercise is to project the future operating costs and make necessary revenue and spending adjustments. This includes investing in exceptional faculty and staff by offering fair benefits and competitive salaries, which require incremental annual increases. These labor costs, largely driven by collective bargaining agreements, account for more than 80 percent of expenditures yet the staffing levels at the UO still remain behind peer institutions. Surveys of staffing levels at other AAU public institutions indicate UO only has 72.5 percent of the average student-faculty ratio among peer universities and 66.6 percent of staff per student.

ANTICIPATED INCREASES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018-19*

$10.8M
FACULTY, STAFF AND GRADUATE STUDENTS SALARY AND WAGES
 
n/a
RETIREMENT COSTS
 
$1.8M
MEDICAL COSTS
 
$600k
INSTITUTIONAL EXPENSES
(includes insurance, utilities, rent)
 
$2M
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS
(includes $1 million for new tenure-track faculty)
 
$1.5M
INVESTMENTS IN TENURE-TRACK FACULTY
 
$11.8M
FACULTY, STAFF AND GRADUATE STUDENTS SALARY AND WAGES
$7.1M
RETIREMENT COSTS
$1.6M
MEDICAL BENEFITS COSTS
$1M
INSTITUTIONAL EXPENSES
(includes insurance, utilities, rent)
 
$2M
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS
(includes $1 million for new tenure-track faculty)
 
$1.5M
INVESTMENTS IN TENUE-TRACK FACULTY

*Projections are subject to change. Figures will be updated as data becomes available.

Affordability and Accessibility

Affordability and accessibility are vital components for achieving the university's public mission. The UO is conducting aggressive fundraising efforts and budgeting exercises to help curb institutional costs and defray the impact of tuition increases on students and families.

$1.76B
PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT THROUGH CURRENT FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
1%
REDUCTION IN ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS IN THE LAST YEAR TO REDIRECT FUNDS TO ACADEMIC PRIORITIES
$1.5B
PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT THROUGH CURRENT FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
2%
REDUCTION IN ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS IN THE LAST YEAR TO REDIRECT FUNDS TO ACADEMIC PRIORITIES

 


 

To further promote student access and success, the UO has increased financial assistance through initiatives like its innovative PathwayOregon program, which ensures qualified, Pell-eligible Oregonians receive full tuition and fees, as well as academic support, which has helped boost the graduation rate for Pell-eligible students in the Pathway program by 13 percent. The UO has also bolstered efforts to increase the four-year graduation rate to help students save thousands of dollars on additional tuition, fees, books, and living expenses. 

2,364
PELL-ELIGIBLE STUDENTS RECEIVING FULL TUITION AND FEES
34%
RESIDENT FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS RECEIVING FULL TUITION AND FEES
+10%
PRESIDENT SCHILL'S GOAL TO INCREASE FOUR-YEAR GRADUATION RATE BY 2020
2,000
PELL-ELIGIBLE STUDENTS RECEIVING FULL TUITION
36%
RESIDENT FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS RECEIVING FULL TUITION AND FEES
+10%
PRESIDENT SCHILL'S GOAL TO INCREASE FOUR-YEAR GRADUATION RATE BY 2020
Tuition-Setting Process

The UO's tuition rate is determined by the UO Board of Trustees after reviewing recommendations from the administration. The Tuition and Fee Advisory Board (TFAB), a group comprised of faculty, staff, and students, reviews and discusses relevant data and budgetary information and provides recommendations to the provost on tuition rates and other costs of education. This advice and counsel is reviewed by the provost before discussing the tuition and fees structure with the president. The UO Board of Trustees is expected to consider the president's recommendation before voting in March, 2018. Members of the university community are encouraged to participate in the tuition-setting process through open forums and public comment periods. Dates and pertinent links will be published as soon as they’re available.

TFAB Schedule

10/11/17  |  2-3pm  |  Johnson Hall
11/8/17  |  4-5pm  |  Johnson Hall
11/13/17  | 10-11:30am  |  Lillis 450
1/12/18  |  3-4:30pm  |  Johnson Hall
1/17/18  |  8-9:30am  |  Johnson Hall
1/23/18  |  12:30-2pm  |  Johnson Hall
2/2/18  |  3:30-5pm  |  Johnson Hall
2/5/18  | 2-3:30pm  |  Johnson Hall

Student Forums

1/16/18  |  5-7pm  |  EMU Ballroom
2/1/18  |  7-8pm  | Global Scholars Hall Great Room 
2/15/18  |  5:30pm  |  Gerlinger Lounge

Anticipated Date of TFAB Recommendations to Provost
2/9

Public Comment Period
2/12 – 2/17

President’s Recommendation
Week of 2/19