State cuts planned increases in tuition

SALEM — The sting of higher tuition will be slightly less painful next year for students at Oregon's seven public universities.

The State Board of Higher Education voted Friday to reduce planned tuition increases from an average of 4.8 percent to 3.5 percent.

The change reflects $15 million in additional public funding that the Legislature approved on its final day in session. Lawmakers required that the additional money be used to offset tuition increases.

Annual tuition for a full-time, undergraduate student at Southern Oregon University will increase by $216 next year, to $6,399. That's $106 lower than the increase previously proposed.

The increase in tuition dropped by $90 at the University of Oregon and $63 at Portland State University.

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