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The Tuition Equity Bill

In Spanish: Ley de equidad de matricula

Portland State University is pleased that Governor John Kitzhaber signed HB 2787 into law providing students attending Oregon high schools greater access to higher education. PSU President Wim Wiewel – a long-time advocate for Tuition Equity – testified in support of the legislation, stating “Tuition equity is economically beneficial, morally right, and politically smart.”

The law grants eligible students who are not citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States exemption from nonresident tuition if they meet specific criteria (tuition will be assessed at in-state rate).

In April 2013, Governor John Kitzhaber signed HB 2787 (otherwise known as Tuition Equity) into law, directing the State Board of Higher Education to allow students who are not citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States to pay resident tuition and fees for enrollment in an Oregon public university under certain conditions. In August 2015, Governor Kate Brown signed SB 932 into law, removing several eligibility restrictions under HB 2787. This form is used to determine if a student applicant meets the eligibility requirements per SB 932. Affidavits must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the first day of the term in which the Tuition Equity benefit is sought. Tuition adjustments will not be granted retroactively for previous terms.

In order to qualify for the benefits provided by HB 2787, students must:

  • have studied in the United States for five years;
  • attended an Oregon high school for at least three years immediately preceding graduation or equivalent;
  • graduated from an Oregon high school (or received equivalent certification);
  • enroll at a public Oregon University no more than three years after graduating from high school*
  • apply for federal individual taxpayer identification number or other official federal identification document
  • show intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

Students who are financially dependent upon a person who is not a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States are also eligible if they meet the same additional criteria.

Changes beginning Fall 2016:

*Based on SB 932, beginning Fall 2016 eligible students are no longer required to begin attending an Oregon University within 3 years of graduating from High School.

How To Apply

To be considered for exemption from nonresident tuition under HB 2787, students should:

  1. Follow the standard PSU admission process. Apply to PSU - Undergraduate Freshman or Apply to PSU - Undergraduate Transfer.
  2. Select "Non-US Citizen" for Citizenship Status on the Personal Information page of the admission application.
  3. Mark "Yes" to answer the question ". . . do you want to be considered for in-state tuition under HB 2787 (tuition equity)?" on the Personal Information page of the admission application.
  4. Complete the Affidavit and Request for Exemption from Nonresident Tuition and Fees stating that an application to obtain legal immigration status has been, or soon will be filed upon eligibility.
  5. Submit the Affidavit to:

Portland State University
Residency Officer
PO Box 751
Portland OR 97207-0751

Benefits of HB 2787

Undergraduate applicants (freshmen and transfers) who are admissible under current Portland State University admission requirements, and meet the requirements of HB 2787, may be assessed in-state tuition rates at Portland State University beginning fall term 2013. Recipients are eligible for this benefit for a maximum of five continuous years.**

Please note: the assessment of in-state tuition rates under HB 2787 does not change a student’s residency status.

Undocumented students are not eligible for federal forms of financial aid. Private and local scholarship resources may be available.

Changes beginning Fall 2016:

**Based on SB 932, beginning Fall 2016 the five year time limit will be removed. 


Other Questions?

Prospective students who have questions about applying to PSU under HB 2787 should contact their admissions counselor.

Currently enrolled PSU students who wish to be considered for in-state tuition under HB 2787 should contact the Office of the Registrar for details on that process at askres@pdx.edu