Have tuition hikes priced Oregonians out of higher Education?

The wave of new students who enrolled at Oregon’s seven public universities when the economy soured is coming to an end. The state’s public universities released data last week that show less than a 2 percent gain in enrollment, below the 3-to-5 percent gains in the four years after the economic crash. According to Oregon University System data, the cost of 15 credit hours increased by an average of 73 percent at the state’s seven public universities between the 2005-2006 to the 2013-2014 academic year. At Portland State University, tuition rose 74 percent during that time period to $2,205; at the University of Oregon, tuition rose 90 percent to $2,760; and at Oregon State University (Corvallis campus only), tuition rose 64 percent to $2,292.


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