New numbers show enrollment at Oregon's public universities has grown by nearly 30 percent over the last ten years – at the same time that state funding has fallen, and tuition has skyrocketed.
Oregon State is the fastest-growing public university. There are 40 percent more students enrolled in Corvallis than were there in 2002. That’s in spite of tuition rising 88 percent for in-state students.
The Oregon Institute of Technology saw tuition double over the last ten years. Enrollment has grown, though, by 27 percent.
University officials release a “fact book” every other year – timed to the legislature’s crafting of a state budget. The university tome notes that state funding for higher education has dropped since the 2001 biennium by $77 million.
Student financial aid has risen, since 2004 – at the state and federal level, although state assistance has dropped off since the recession. Average student debt for Oregon public university graduates is nearly $24,000.