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Higher Education Budget Includes Tuition Increases

The cost of higher education for students will rise under a budget approved by House lawmakers Wednesday.

Tuition and fees at Oregon universities would increase by 7.2 percent on average over the next year. That translates to about $7,000 per student.

Di Saunders speaks for the Oregon University System.

Di Saunders: “That 7.2 percent increase does not totally get us out of having to do cuts on the campus. There will still be some staffing cuts. Campuses are looking at ways to cut costs as well. Some of those are looking at low enrollment programs and cutting those out.”

The tuition and fee increases will vary by school. Oregon State University’s Cascades Campus in Bend will see the smallest overall increase. Portland State will see the largest. 

Oregon’s higher education budget now awaits the governor’s signature.

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