By Heather Turner
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University students are bracing for yet another anticipated tuition hike next school year.
The Oregon State Board of Higher Education is expected to raise tuition and fees an average of 3.4 percent at Oregon’s seven universities at its meeting Friday.
Students at Oregon State University can expect their increase to be slightly higher than the average.
OSU undergrads taking 15 credits next year are expected to pay about $8,000 in tuition and fees.
That’s up about five percent compared to this year, and equals about a $400 dollar per year increase.
“It’s not something you want to hear, but it’s just kind of something that we’re forced to deal with if we want to continue to go to school here,” said OSU student Audrey Wiltz.
“I guess it’s not really something I didn’t expect. I don’t like it just because I’m already depending on school loans,” said OSU student Luis Morales.
“It kind of sucks, but it’s what we have to do because I want to get an education. I have to come here, so you kind of have to deal with it and go with the flow,” said OSU student Priya Gupta.
“I think it’s worth it. Well, it’s a tradeoff. So your education gets you more money in the future, so it’s a sacrifice I guess that we have to make,” said OSU student Michael Acoba.
OSU’s anticipated tuition increase is still less than last year’s 8.1 percent rise.
The board meeting is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Friday at Portland State University.