State cuts in higher education during the past three years have resulted in average tuition increases of 44 percent across Oregon. Students may finally see relief soon. An extra $200 million in projected state revenue has resulted in a proposal to bring the tuition freeze back to Oregon universities. A tuition freeze would prevent further increases in tuition.
"This is very welcome news to students," said ASPSU Federal Affairs Director Amanda Barron, "After four years of consecutive increases, annual tuition and fees at public universities now averages over $5,000 per year, which is $1,500 more than three years ago."
Students urge the state legislature to adopt the proposed tuition freeze through a variety of channels. The Oregon Student Association has facilitated several meetings between legislators and students in recent months. In addition, students are creating a "yearbook" that reflects the many students who are unable to attend college due to tuition costs.