EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon Board of Trustees voted 11 to 1 Thursday to approve an increase of about $10 a credit hour for in-state undergraduate students.
That would add up to about $430 for a full-time student.
This amount is based on how much additional funding the public university support fund receives from the state, which we will find out next month.
Members of the campus labor council spoke to the board of trustees about the university budget crisis on Thursday, asking for them to reconsider the proposal. They then marched to the EMU to hold a rally.
This comes after the University of Oregon administration announced their intention to impose severe budget reductions across campus.
Many students told KEZI 9 News the proposal reflects the priorities of the university, which some say pads the salaries of the administration while students are struggling to get by.
“The university likes to claim that they have no choice in these decisions, that its hands are tied, but that’s not true. They always can make different decisions that can result in lower tuition for undergraduates and good pay,” Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation President Mike Magee said.
Almost one in four in-state residents receive the Pathway Oregon benefit, which provides full tuition and fees to academically qualified, Pell grant-eligible residents who start as first-year students at the university.
President Michael Schill said they will be protected from the impact of rising tuition regardless of the percent increase.
He added that if the tuition rate increase passes 5 percent, he will set aside up to $350,000 for grants specifically for low-income students who are not supported by this program.
Any increase more than 5 percent must be approved by the higher education coordinating commission.
Schill said in the last few days the board has heard more from lawmakers about a possibility for a boost in statewide higher education funding.
He said because of this, he is eliminating any recommendation for a tuition rate increase over 10 percent.