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 new 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.
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.
On January 12, TFAB and the Associated Students of the University of Oregon hosted an evening virtual forum for students on undergraduate tuition and fees.
Vice President for Finance and Administration and TFAB co-chair Jamie Moffitt provided attendees with a presentation on the university’s budget, including long-term trends, and an overview of the UO’s new guaranteed tuition program.Attendees were able to ask questions of TFAB members about the UO’s finances and the tuition-setting process moving forward, among other topics. Students also asked questions about their own personal tuition and fees.
TFAB will continue to meet virtually every Friday until its recommendations on tuition and fees are finalized and sent to President Michael Schill. TFAB meetings are open to the public and students and others can register online to attend.
President Schill will host his own forum on undergraduate tuition and fees later during winter term before he presents his own tuition recommendation to the UO Board of Trustees at its March meeting.
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees
BASED ON 15 CREDITS PER TERM FOR FY 2020-21
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.
Figures will be updated for FY2020-21 as data becomes available
EDUCATION AND GENERAL 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 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.
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.
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).
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.