Tuition & Fees
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The PSU Board of Trustees has approved the following adjustment fees for the 2020 Fall Term:
|Fee Type||Previous rate||Reduced Rate|
|Building Fee||$39||$20 ($19 per student)|
|Incidental Fee||$296||$271 ($25 per student)|
|Health Service Fee||$168||no change|
|Rec Center Fee||$44||no change|
|Online Learning Fee||$35/credit||no change|
Postbaccalaureate students are assessed at the undergraduate tuition rate for all courses that they take numbered 499 or below and assessed at the graduate tuition rate for all courses that they take numbered 500 or above. Financial aid eligibility for postbaccalaureate students depends on the program. In addition, please note that students enrolled in differential tuition classes will be assessed higher rates for those specific courses. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.
Residency for Tuition Purposes
Students with resident status are assessed in-state tuition and nonresident students are assessed a higher level of instructional fees that more closely approximates the actual cost of instruction. This guide is designed to help students understand the classification criteria and the process by which residency classification is determined. Transfer students who were classified as residents of Oregon at their previous school should not assume that they will be classified as residents at PSU. Learn more about residency at Portland State University.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees may change each year and are subject to approval by the Board of Trustees. Final tuition and fee rates for 2020-2021 were set by the Board of Trustees in June 2020. Charges for attending PSU are determined based on number of credits taken, residency status, and undergraduate/graduate class standing. To calculate how much you can expect to be charged for tuition and fees, review the fee schedule for the appropriate academic year.
- Tuition & Fee Tables 2020-2021 Academic Year
- Tuition & Fee Tables 2019-2020 Academic Year
- Tuition & Fee Tables 2018-2019 Academic Year
Mandatory Fees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year
The costs listed below are estimated based full time enrollment (12 or more credits per term for undergraduates and 9 or more credits per term for graduate students). Your costs could vary depending on how many credits you take each term.
|Building||This fee is allocated to pay debt service associated with past construction and renovation projects on the PSU campus. Any additional funds collected are put into a reserve or used for small construction projects. The amount varies depending on the number of credits a student is enrolled in. The Student Fee Committee is responsible for recommending the amount and allocation of the incidental fee to ASPSU and the President.||$39.00|
|Incidental||This fee funds services such as Student Activities & Leadership Programs, resource centers, childcare services, and athletic activities. The amount varies depending on the number of credits a student is enrolled in. The Student Fee Committee is responsible for recommending the amount and allocation of the incidental fee to ASPSU and the President.||$296.00|
|Health Service||The Student Health Center Fee is a mandatory fee assessed to all students taking 5 or more in-load, non-Restricted Differential Tuition credit hours. The fee is in place to support all of the services offered by the Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) both remote and in-person. Review the full list of services covered by the Student Health Center Fee.||$168.00|
|Academic Student Recreation Center||The Rec Center Fee is a flat rate of $44 per term for any student taking one or more credits. This fee supports access for all enrolled students to the Academic and Student Recreation Center and helps maintain its operations.||$44.00|
|Matriculation (one-time fee)||
The matriculation fee is mandatory for all new undergraduate, graduate and postbaccalaureate students. The fee is $350 and is a one-time fee billed at the beginning of your first term at PSU.
Online courses have an additional fee of $35 per credit.
Approved Fines and Fees
- 2020-2021 Fines & Fees Complete List
- 2019-2020 Fines & Fees Complete List
- 2018-2019 Fines & Fees Complete List
Restricted Differential Tuition
Tuition and fees for Restricted Differential Tuition courses are assessed separately from the charges associated with regular courses. The tuition costs for Restricted Differential Tuition course sections are listed in the fees column in the Class Schedule. Credits associated with Restricted Differential Tuition courses do not count toward a student's enrollment status. Thus, an undergraduate student enrolled in 8 credits of regular classes and a 4-credit Restricted Differential Tuition course is assessed regular tuition for 8 credits plus the additional course fee for the Restricted Differential Tuition course. The costs of Restricted Differential Tuition courses do not include Incidental fees, the Student Health Fee, or the Student Health Insurance Plan. Therefore, students registered only for Restricted Differential Tuition Courses are not eligible to use services supported by Incidental fees, the Student Health Fee, or the Student Health Insurance Plan.
Students enrolled in Restricted Differential Tuition courses are charged the $44 per term Student Recreation Center fee and will have full access to the Recreation Center and related services. Students who drop a Restricted Differential Tuition course after the 100% refund period deadline may owe at least partial fees for the class.
Support for Students: Financial Wellness Center
PSU's Financial Wellness Center can help you make financial choices that are right for you. We offer tools to help you understand money management. You can attend one of our educational events on campus or make an appointment and meet one-on-one with a peer mentor or financial coach.