February 11, 2022
Dear University of Oregon community members,
As part of the University of Oregon’s annual tuition-setting process, I have received this year’s tuition and fee recommendations from the FY2022 Tuition and Fee Advisory Board (TFAB), a group comprised of students, faculty, and staff. The TFAB proposal makes recommendations about the tuition and fee rates for incoming undergraduate students and graduate programs for 2022-23.
I invite members of the campus community to offer feedback on the TFAB tuition and fee recommendations, so that I may make an informed and thoughtful proposal to the UO Board of Trustees, which will set tuition rates at its regular meeting on March 14 and 15. I will host a public forum on the recommendations on Tuesday, February 15, from 6:00–7:00 p.m. in the EMU Ballroom. Individuals may participate virtually by registering using this form. I also invite written feedback. Please submit your comments using this form by 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 18.
Guaranteed Tuition and Continuing Undergraduates
The university is in the second year of the guaranteed tuition program, the Oregon Guarantee, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in the spring of 2020 and transformed the UO’s undergraduate tuition model. Under guaranteed tuition, the rate of tuition and administratively controlled mandatory fees for each new class of undergraduate students does not change for five years. As part of the transition plan for the new program, the Board of Trustees also locked annual tuition and administratively controlled mandatory fee increases for undergraduate students who started prior to the summer of 2020 at 3 percent per year for a four-year period.
Incoming Undergraduates Proposal
For 2022-23 incoming undergraduates, the TFAB recommends the following guaranteed rates that will be locked for five years:
- Non-residents: Tuition rate set 3 percent higher than the 2021 Tuition Cohort rate, and total adjusted administratively controlled mandatory fees rate set 3.74 percent higher than the 2021 Tuition Cohort rate*.
- Residents: Tuition rate set 4.5 percent higher than the 2021 Tuition Cohort rate, and total adjusted administratively controlled mandatory fees rate set 3.74 percent higher than the 2021 Tuition Cohort rate*.
We will continue to support Oregonians with financial need through the PathwayOregon scholarship and advising program, which pays 100 percent of tuition and fees for qualifying Federal Pell Grant-eligible Oregonians. One of the major benefits of guaranteed tuition is that students who receive other scholarships and grants will see the real value of their financial aid packages stay consistent during their enrollment instead of diminishing due to annual tuition increases.
Graduate Tuition Proposal
The TFAB recommendation also addresses graduate tuition rates. With one exception, the schools and colleges have proposed increases that range from no increase to 3.1 percent, depending upon the program; the School of Law is recommending an increase of 5 percent (see the TFAB memo for details). TFAB is recommending approval of these rates.
Erb Memorial Union Funding
In addition, the recommendation outlines details of an agreement between the Associated Students of the University of Oregon and the University of Oregon that would transition funding for the Erb Memorial Union from the Incidental Fee to the Student Union Fee.
I want to thank all the members of TFAB for their hard work and dedication. This proposal is the product of nine open meetings, hours and hours of analysis, and work by a group of volunteer students, faculty, and staff who care deeply about the UO and our ability to deliver quality, affordability, and accessibility.
I look forward to hearing your feedback and insights.
Michael H. Schill
President and Professor of Law
*This rate was calculated after a net-zero adjustment was made for the shifting of EMU funding from the Incidental Fee to the Student Union Fee.