Tuition Equity

En Español: Ley de Equidad de Matricula 

In 2013, Governor John Kitzhaber signed HB 2787 into law providing students attending Oregon high schools greater access to higher education. HB 2787 grants eligible students who are not citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States exemption from nonresident tuition if they meet specific criteria, meaning they will be assessed an in-state rate for tuition.

Subsequently, Governor Kate Brown signed SB 932 in 2015 and HB 1563 in 2018, both of which removed several eligibility restrictions under HB 2787. 


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

  • have studied in the United States for five years prior to graduating from high school (or receiving equivalent certification);
  • have attended an Oregon high school for at least three years immediately preceding graduation or equivalent;
  • have graduated from an Oregon high school (or received equivalent certification);
  • 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.

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.
  6. Submit the Affidavit to:

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

How It Works

Although applicants who qualify for Tuition Equity will be assessed resident tuition at Portland State University, please keep in mind that HB 2787 does not change a student’s formal residency classification. Tuition Equity recipients will remain classified as nonresidents while receiving this benefit.

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


Prospective Students: Contact your admissions counselor.

Current Students who wish to be considered for in-state tuition under HB 2787: Contact the Residency Officer at