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UO advisory board proposes tuition increase

This is only a plan and nothing is set in stone until the board of trustees makes a final approval.

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 6:44 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon's Tuition and Fee Advisory Board proposed a tuition increase last Thursday for the next academic year.

The plan is to increase current undergraduate tuition by 3% per year over the next four years.

For incoming students, resident tuition would be 10.75% more and nonresident tuition would be 7.5% more. However, this cost would remain locked in for five years.

Kay Jarvis, Director of Public Affairs for the university, said this plan will help incoming students plan their finances for higher education.

"If you have incoming students and they knew what the rate is going to be, they can financially plan for it," Jarvis said. "They and their families will know, okay, if you can graduate in four or five years. Here are what the costs going to be and you're prepared for it."

Not everyone is on board for this tuition increase.

Nick Keough is a senator for the student government, and he said creating a flat tuition rate will create more issues.

"Under this model, it will completely disenfranchise student engagement around tuition," Keough said.

Graduate student Trevor Ackerman sees the problem of the constant increase in tuition to be a state issue.

"Unfortunately the state doesn't invest enough in higher education here," Ackerman said. "Someone who pays out-of-state tuition like myself, it's already a lot."

On the other hand, prospective students, such as Jessica Cahill, like the idea of keeping tuition at a fixed cost. She said the one first thing she takes into consideration in her search for a campus is the price.

"It could be a good idea just because having to plan out my finances," Cahill said.

The university said this conversation isn't over because this tuition proposal is not set in stone. The recommendations by the tuition board have to be signed off by President Michael Schill and the Board of Trustees will consider the proposal in March.

Until then, Jarvis said there will be public forums and online surveys for the student body to place their input.

"We really want to hear from everyone on this," Jarvis said.

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