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.

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Tuition and Fees at the UO

BASED ON ENROLLMENT OF 15 CREDITS PER TERM
FISCAL YEAR 2016-17 FOR UNDERGRADUTE RESIDENTS

$8,910
TUITION
 
$1,851
MANDATORY FEES
 
$10,761
TOTAL TUITION AND FEES
 
$8,910
TUITION
$1,851
MANDATORY FEES
$10,761
TOTAL TUITION AND FEES

BASED ON ENROLLMENT OF 15 CREDITS PER TERM
FISCAL YEAR 2016-17 FOR UNDERGRADUTE NON-RESIDENTS

$31,590
TUITION
 
$1,851
MANDATORY FEES
 
$33,441
TOTAL TUITION AND FEES
 
$31,590
TUITION
$1,851
MANDATORY FEES
$33,441
TOTAL TUITION AND FEES

State Budget Updates

In early December, Oregon Governor Kate Brown released her budget for the FY 2017–19 biennium and proposed flat funding for all seven public universities. Due to how funds are split over the biennium, even flat funding for higher education represents a $2.5 million cut to UO and will create significant financial challenges for the university. Many state agencies and programs are facing cuts due to the state's estimated $1.7 billion deficit for the next biennium. 
 
The UO anticipates a total shortfall of $27.5 million between the proposed drop in state funding and another $25 million in projected cost increases, many of which are outside the university’s control. The current budget realities mean it will be very difficult to keep the tuition increase below 5 percent. The university must find a combination of additional revenues and expense reductions to address the estimated $27.5 million shortfall.
 
The governor’s budget is a starting place and the university will join students and counterparts at other universities in helping state lawmakers understand how this proposed budget affects higher education affordability at the UO and across the state of Oregon. President Michael Schill and Provost Scott Coltrane have also outlined some of the steps the university will take to respond to the proposed budget in a recent message to campus.

 

 

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.

State Appropriation and Tuition Revenue Chart

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 2015-16 

$281.1M
NON-RESIDENT TUITION
$104M
RESIDENT TUITION
$64.8M
STATE APPROPRIATION
$39M
OTHER REVENUE
(includes fees, overhead on grants, interest and investment earnings, sales and service revenues)
$281.1M
NON-RESIDENT TUITION
$104M
RESIDENT TUITION
$64.8M
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.*

Bar graph showing the UO ranks behind North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, UCLA, UC Davis, Wisconsin, Iowa, Arizona, Ohio State, Michigan, and Virginia with $2,079 state support per FTE student

*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 2017-18*

$11.8M
FACULTY, STAFF AND GRADUATE STUDENTS SALARY AND WAGES
 
$7.1M
RETIREMENT COSTS
 
$1.6M
MEDICAL COSTS
 
$1M
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.

$1.5B
PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT THROUGH CURRENT FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
2%
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. 

2,000
PELL-ELIGIBLE STUDENTS RECEIVING FULL TUITION AND FEES
36%
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

Pac-12 Comparison

The undergraduate resident tuition rate at the UO remains below the market average of many peer institutions.*

Bar graph showing the UO ranks sixth of 10 public Pac-12 schools in undergraduate resident tuition and below the market average

*Based on 15 credit hours. Source: Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE) Tuition and Fees and Institution Websites
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 on March 3, 2017. 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

November 11, 2016
November 28, 2016
January 13, 2017
January 20, 2017
January 27, 2017
February 3, 2017

Student Forum

January 17, 2017

Public Comment Period

February

President’s Recommendation

Late February