SEIU and Western Oregon Announce SEIU Local 503 Members Tuition Discount

Press Release

MONMOUTH, OREGON— In an historic move, Western Oregon University is offering SEIU Local 503 members discounted tuition for up to 12 credits per term. This partnership will enable SEIU students the ability to access over 200 programs of their choice.  SEIU students will be able to work towards or finish a bachelor’s or master’s degree, or complete one of WOU’s many certificate programs. SEIU members can access a variety of dedicated student services, including student success and academic advising, financial aid counseling, and career development support.


According to President Jesse Peters, “Western Oregon University is excited to be partnering with the hard-working members of SEIU where we are able to offer their members a 20% discount on tuition. Making higher education more affordable is an important goal for us and this partnership is one of many ways we are trying to address affordability.”


Provost Rob Winningham adds, “It is our mission at WOU to provide accessible pathways that allow people to meet their educational goals. Working adults can take advantage of our Salem campus, which offers evening and hybrid courses. We also have an increasing number of online courses and pathways toward degree fulfillment.”


“Many workers choose to further their education to further their career or increase their chances to get a better job,” says SEIU 503 Executive Director Melissa Unger. “At a time when inflation is straining their financial resources, getting a significant discount on tuition can make a huge difference and enable them to achieve their educational and career goals when they believed they might not be able to afford college.”


SEIU WOU 802 President Jackson Stalley remarks, “As a longtime member of SEIU and employee of WOU, it’s great to see this kind of collaboration and investment in our state’s workforce. Having the opportunity to earn a degree and receive specialized training at an affordable price is essential to so many workers’ career advancement. WOU’s faculty and programs are well-suited to serving the needs of the professionals represented by SEIU and we look forward to seeing our union cousins on campus.”


Western Oregon delivers courses at both the Monmouth campus and the Salem satellite campus, offering a variety of delivery modalities to accommodate multiple schedule needs for all students.


No entrance exams are required, and financial aid eligible students may receive additional funds and/or assistance to offset the cost of tuition. SEIU membership must be current, and membership and eligibility will be verified by SEIU each term. Additional information will be available at the SEIU Local 503 office and the Admissions office at Western Oregon. Visit for more information.




About Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University, founded in 1856 in Monmouth, is the state’s oldest public university. Serving about 4,000 students, WOU is a mid-sized, NCAA Division II institution with about 70% of the student population being from Oregon. A significant portion of attendees are members of under-represented groups, veterans, or non-traditional students. WOU is Oregon’s campus of choice for those seeking a transformative education in a supportive, student-centered learning community where classes are taught by faculty. Together we succeed.



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