CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University's Board of Trustees voted to increase tuition during a board meeting Friday.
Next year, resident undergraduate students can expect to see an increase of 3.97 percent, which comes out to about $8 per credit hour.
Annually, that's about $360.
At OSU's Cascade Campus, where tuition is already lower, students will see an increase of 4.1 percent.
Steve Clark, the university's vice president, said the board understands the burdens placed on students and their families when pursuing higher education.
"What they really decided was it was essential to not only to acknowledge that pressure but to address the pressure by increasing financial aid, to improve the opportunity for students to succeed and to graduate in a more timely way," Clark said.
The increase will go toward increasing financial aid, providing resources to students and classrooms, state-mandated expenses and recruiting additional faculty.
Over the last few days, the board has heard from students, faculty and staff, and decided to combine two of the plans they had been considering.
Clark said over the years, the state legislature has decreased funding for higher education. He said the university will be lobbying to get some of that funding back to reduce the burden on students.
The change will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year.
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