The Higher Education Coordinating Commission approved University of Oregon’s proposed 10.6 percent tuition increase for in-state students today when the commission re-voted in Salem.
The HECC re-voted on the tuition increases for UO and Portland State University today. Both passed.
On May 11, the HECC denied the UO’s request for the tuition increase, following a letter Gov. Kate Brown sent to the HECC requesting that they deny any tuition increases over 5 percent unless the university met certain criteria that included serious consideration of the budget and evidence that minority students were being supported.
UO representatives spoke about the ways that the university is helping underrepresented students, especially focusing on the Pathway Oregon program that covers the cost of tuition for low-income Oregonians.
“Over the last decade, the University of Oregon’s commitment to creating a diverse campus continues to grow,” Assistant Director for Alumni Recruitment Joelle Rankins Goodwin said.
President Michael Schill also spoke at the meeting about how UO is working as hard as possible to increase funding and revenue. Schill said that even with a 10.6 percent tuition increase there will still be $9 million in cuts. If the tuition increase did not pass there would have been $15 million in cuts, Schill said.