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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 Oregon Guarantee

On March 17, 2020, the UO Board of Trustees approved the Oregon Guarantee program. Starting fall 2020, the Oregon Guarantee provides each UO undergraduate student a fixed tuition rate for up to five years. This helps families accurately plan and predict their total tuition and helps eliminate the uncertainty of what a UO degree will cost.

Oregon Guarantee Details

Tuition-Setting Process

The UO's tuition rates are 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 are reviewed by the president before recommending a tuition and fees structure with the Board of Trustees.

UPDATES:

At its March 8-9 quarterly meeting, the Board of Trustees of the University of Oregon approved student tuition rates and fees for the 2021-22 academic year. Following a public comment opportunity, the board approved, UO President Michael H. Schill’s recommendations on student tuition and fees.

Tuition rates for next year’s incoming cohort of undergraduate students will be set at a level that is higher than this year’s first-year students by 4.5 percent for Oregon resident students and 3 percent for nonresident students. Those rates will be locked for those students for five years.

The recommended rates only apply to the incoming class of first-year and transfer undergraduate students this fall, because under the UO’s new guaranteed tuition program tuition rates and mandatory fees for all returning undergraduate students are already set. The board also approved graduate tuition rates that vary from no increase to a 5 percent increase, depending on the program.

Read more about the board discussions and decisions in Around the O.

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

BASED ON 15 CREDITS PER TERM FOR FY 2020-21

RESIDENT

$11,458
TUITION
$2,398
MANDATORY FEES
$13,856
TOTAL TUITION AND FEES

NONRESIDENT

$36,910
TUITION
$2,398
MANDATORY FEES
$39,308
TOTAL TUITION AND FEES

State Contributions

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 Appropriations

Funding Sources

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

Figures will be updated for FY2020-21 as data becomes available

EDUCATION AND GENERAL FUND FISCAL YEAR 2019-20

$285.6M
NON-RESIDENT NET TUITION
$116.4M
RESIDENT NET TUITION
$79.5M
STATE APPROPRIATION
$40.9M
OTHER REVENUE
(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 about 79% 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 82.3% of the average student-faculty ratio among peer universities and 65.7% of staff per student.

Cost Drivers

ANTICIPATED INCREASES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2021

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

$11.6M
FACULTY, STAFF, AND GRADUATE STUDENTS - SALARY AND WAGES
($500K)
RETIREMENT COSTS
(includes savings on composition of retirement tiers and pension bond debt rate reduction)
$2.5M
MEDICAL COSTS
$0.5M
INSTITUTIONAL EXPENSES
(includes insurance, utilities, rent)
$2M
STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS
$1.9M
MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

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.

2,621

PELL-ELIGIBLE STUDENTS RECEIVING FULL TUITION

31%

RESIDENT FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS RECEIVING FULL TUITION AND FEES
$8+ mill
aid granted to UO students from the federal coronavirus aid, relief, and economic security (CARES) act

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. The following data show UO fundraising outcomes as of the end of FY2020 (for the current campaign which started in July 2010).

$2.37B
PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT THROUGH CURRENT FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
$388.5M
RAISED FOR STUDENT SUPPORT

Tuition-Related Acronyms

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.