WOU in the News: Western Oregon Lowers Tuition Hike, Still Faces Increase

Western Oregon University

Natalie PateStudents at Western Oregon University in Monmouth will still pay more for tuition come this fall, but it won’t be as much as anticipated.

Western’s Board of Trustees agreed Wednesday to reduce the Higher Education Coordinating Commission-approved tuition increase of 10 percent to 6.5 percent. Officials attributed the drop to the $70 million added by the Oregon Legislature to the state’s higher education allotment.

Western will rely on select budget cuts and a one-time tapping of reserve funds to meet cost demands, according to university officials. The 6.5 percent increase in tuition will apply to incoming students who qualify as Oregon residents, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of the WOU student population.

Tuition for graduate students, international students and non-resident students outside the Western Undergraduate Exchange program will remain at the approved 10 percent, officials said.

Rex Fuller, president of the university, said the reduction allows the school to stay on track with their strategic plan.

“We are the second-least costly Oregon public university,” he said. “We always work to ensure Oregon families can afford to send their children to (Western) for a transformative education, and I’m looking forward to welcoming our new students to campus in a few short months.”

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By Natalie Pate
Statesman Journal