The University of Oregon strives to keep tuition increases as low as possible, but the costs of operating a world-class research institution continue to increase every year.
Tuition and fees are based on residency, student classification (undergraduate, graduate, law, etc.) and the number of credits enrolled. Course-specific fees may also apply.
Undergraduate Tuition and Mandatory Fee History 2007-08 to 2020-21
Paying for College
Private dollars can be used for scholarships, grants, and other programs that reduce the cost of tuition for students. Generous donors have already provided tens of millions of dollars in direct aid for scholarships and student support.
Scholarships are an area where the UO has made tremendous progress. Funding for need- and merit-based scholarships increased from $28.71 million in 2013-14 to $48.78 million in 2019-20, a gain of 69%.
Raising more money for such programs is one of the top priorities in the recent $1 billion extension of the UO’s capital campaign, including sustained support for PathwayOregon and more money for need- and merit-based aid.
However, donor dollars that have been given to support specific programs – such as new academic buildings, science initiatives, student centers, and classrooms – cannot be diverted for other purposes.
When donors give to a specific project it means that the gifts the university receives are restricted, and the university is legally required to use the funds for the purpose specified by the donor. The vast majority of funds that we receive from donors are restricted.
That said, gift dollars frequently pay for enhancements to our campus and our programs, thereby substantively improving the quality of every student’s experience.
The University of Oregon also recognizes the importance of helping make college a reality for low-income families.
For this reason, we have put significant resources into the PathwayOregon program, which provides full tuition and fee scholarships to Oregonians who are academically qualified, PELL-eligible, first-year freshmen. The program welcomed 581 students in fall 2020.
In additional to financial support, PathwayOregon students receive intensive advising services to help them navigate college. In total, over 2,600 students are currently supported by PathwayOregon. Many of the students who benefit from PathwayOregon are the first in their families to go to college or are under-represented minorities.
The university has been working hard to increase the diversity of our student population. Over the past 10 years, we have seen a significant increase in the percentage of undergraduate students who are students of color from 24% to 37.5%.
The UO is committed to online learning that provides the same level of high-quality educational experience as in-classroom experiences, and we are in the process of increasing our online academic offerings.
Although it may seem counter-intuitive, online classes are often more expensive than traditional classes.
This is due to many factors including the development cost of creating online classes, the technology platforms upon which classes are offered, and the operating costs associated with these classes, particularly in classes designed to provide students with accessible support such as tutoring.
Many universities charge students extra fees on top of tuition to pay for these additional online course costs.