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.
The tuition-setting process for the 2020-21 school year is under way. A new Tuition and Fee Advisory Board (TFAB) has been formed. The 18-member board is comprised of students, faculty and staff, and is co-chaired by Jamie Moffitt, vice president for finance and administration and CFO, and Kevin Marbury, vice president for student life. TFAB will review and discuss relevant data and budget information during fall term. During winter term, TFAB will review specific tuition and fee proposals, organize a public student forum to share information and solicit student feedback, and provide recommendations to the president. TFAB meetings are open, and non-advisory group members are welcome to participate.
Around 30 students attended an evening public forum on Jan. 14 to learn more and ask questions about the guaranteed tuition concept. Students asked a variety of questions about different elements of the program, including its five-year length, and about why the university hadn’t previously implemented it. TFAB will meet next on Jan. 17 to further discuss the input they heard from students.
The UO's tuition rate is determined by the University of Oregon 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 president on tuition rates and other costs of education. This advice and counsel is reviewed by the president before recommending a tuition and fees structure with the Board of Trustees.
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees
BASED ON 15 CREDITS PER TERM FOR FY 2019-20
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.
Tuition is the primary funding source for the university's academic operations.
E&G FUND FISCAL YEAR 2019-20
(fees, overhead on grants, interest and investment earnings, sales and service revenues)
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% 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 79.2% of the average student-faculty ratio among peer universities and 62.0% of staff per student.
ANTICIPATED INCREASES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021
Projections are subject to change. Figures will be updated as data becomes available.
(includes insurance, utilities, rent)
Affordability and Accessibility
To further promote student access and success, the UO has increased financial assistance through initiatives like its innovative PathwayOregon program. PathwayOregon 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 15 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.
The following data apply to the 2018-19 academic year and will be updated when new information becomes available.
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.
AAU — Association of American Universities
The AAU is composed of North America’s 62 leading research universities. The UO is one of only two AAU member organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
E&G Fund — Education and General Expenses Fund (or Budgeted Operations)
F&A Rate/Return — Facilities and Administrative Rate/Return
FTE — Full-Time Equivalent
FY — Fiscal Year
The UO uses July 1 through June 30 as its fiscal year.
GE — Graduate Employee
HECC — Higher Education Coordinating Commission
The HECC sets state policy and funding strategies, administers numerous programs and over $1.2 billion annually of public funding, and convenes partners working across the public and private higher education arena to achieve state goals.
ICC — Indirect Cost Credits
Revenue generated from the F&A rate charged to sponsored grants.
Pac-12 — Collegiate athletic conference that operates in the Western US (12 colleges from Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington)
PEBB — Public Employees Benefit Board
PEBB purchases and coordinates Health insurance benefits for approximately 140,000 Oregonians.
PERS — Public Employees Retirement System – Tiers 1 and 2, and OPSRP (Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan)
PUSF — Public University Support Fund
Funds allocated from HECC
TFAB — Tuition and Fee Advisory Board
The university’s official advisory group charged with reviewing and recommending tuition and fee proposals each year, prior to their submission to the president and Board of Trustees.
TFAB is advisory to the president and its members are drawn broadly from the university community, including students, faculty, and staff.