CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved tuition rates and fees for the 2021-22 school year, including a 2.5% increase for returning undergraduate students and a 4% increase for new undergraduate students enrolling at the university.

The tuition proposal was adopted by a 12-2 vote of the board and follows months of work by university budget committees comprised of OSU faculty, staff, students, and administrators, as well as numerous meetings held with students, faculty and staff.

The increases apply to Oregon resident and non-resident students at OSU’s Corvallis campus, OSU-Cascades in Bend and those enrolled through Ecampus, the university’s online education provider.

Tuition will increase 1.5% for resident graduate students and 4.5% for non-resident graduate students. Tuition rates for pharmacy students will increase 3% and veterinary medicine students by 2.5%.

At the same time, financial aid provided to students by OSU will increase to $59.5 million annually next year, up from $45 million in fiscal year 2020. It is anticipated that OSU students will receive $24.3 million in federal financial aid as a result of recent Congressional adoption of pandemic relief legislation.

Mandatory fees for health services and psychological services will increase 5% at the Corvallis campus and will not increase at OSU-Cascades. There will be no increase in mandatory building and matriculation fees at either campus.

Student incidental fees will increase 6.4% – an increase of $81.69 – at the Corvallis campus and 8.3% at OSU-Cascades, from $300 to $325. Incidental fees are recommended to OSU’s president and the Board of Trustees by student governments at the two campuses.

The board also heard a budget forecast for the 2021-22 year. As the university begins to recover from the pandemic, the forecast anticipates slowing enrollment growth, particularly among international students. The forecast predicts inflationary cost increases of about 2.5%; and strategic spending to meet capital renewal needs, debt service on new revenue bonds, increased insurance costs, and investments in long-term strategies to increase efficiency and support enrollment growth. Inflation estimates are lower than in many years because of lower salary and benefit rate increases.

In other business, the board on Friday agreed to undertake an external review of the due diligence conducted in the 2019 search process that led to the board’s selection of F. King Alexander as president. Recommendations from the external review are expected by May 31 and will inform the board’s search process for the university’s next president.

The board also approved recommendations to adjust the reporting structure for the Center for the Humanities and to formally sunset the Center for [email protected] Studies and Engagement, which has been inactive for several years.

During the meeting, trustees heard an update from Acting President Edward Feser and Vice Provost Dan Larson on the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and planning for resuming on-site instruction, research, employment and OSU Extension and engagement programs statewide, dependent upon guidelines by the governor’s office, the Oregon Health Authority and local county health departments.

The board heard reports from representatives from OSU’s Faculty Senate; the OSU Foundation; Associated Students of OSU; and Associated Students of Cascades Campus. Trustees also heard public comment from two members of the community.

On Thursday, three board committees met:

  • The Academic Strategies Committee heard a report on new and existing academic program reviews and professional accreditations in progress. The committee also heard briefings on undergraduate and graduate academic programs and financial aid and enrollment.
  • The Finance and Administration Committee approved moving the $5 million remediation of Owen Hall to the design phase. The building, which is home to College of Engineering facilities, sustained significant damage due to flooding in June 2020. Insurance will cover the $2 million in damage caused by the flooding. The remainder of the money will be used to renovate classrooms in the building. The committee also heard quarterly reports on university investments and financial management of the university and accepted the fiscal year 2020 annual internal bank report.
  • The Executive and Audit Committee approved the annual progress report from the Office of Audit, Risk and Compliance. The committee also heard reports on public safety and crisis response, enterprise risk management and potential risks associated with the university’s information technology ecosystem.

General OSU

About Oregon State University: As one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 33,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

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Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, [email protected]

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