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SOU raises tuition and fees for next year

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Oregon undergraduates will pay $8 more per credit hour, while other students will see as much as a $20 per credit hour increase

The Southern Oregon University Board of Trustees on Friday unanimously approved higher tuition and fees pertaining to all students for the 2022-23 academic year.

The decision marks the second time in a row SOU has approved its lowest tuition rate increase “in recent memory,” according to a news release. The year before, the increase was $5 per credit hour for resident undergraduates.

Next school year, those students will see their tuition go up $8 per credit hour, from $201 to $209. That’s an increase of 3.98%, the mid-range compared to what Oregon’s other public colleges and universities have already approved for their students. SOU was the last of the bunch to make such a decision pertaining to the 2022-23 academic year.

Residents of 16 Western states and territories that are part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange program will pay $314, up from $301.50; and other nonresident undergraduates will pay $617, up from $597.

SOU’s tuition rates for graduate students from Oregon will increase to $525 per credit hour, up from $505; nonresident graduate students will pay $630, up from $610.

The rate determinations came after eight meetings of the Tuition Advisory Council, the news release said. Once the council’s recommendations were made, they were sent to SOU President Rick Bailey, who forwarded them onto the board.

Trustees Chairman Danny Santos issued a prepared statement once the tuition rates were approved.

“These tuition rates are the result of a very thoughtful process, and based on many months of analysis by our students, working alongside faculty and staff members,” he stated. “The Tuition Advisory Council members very clearly understand the needs of students and the university, and I appreciate them finding this balance between the costs of a high-quality education and affordability for our students.”

Items that were approved Friday include fees pertaining to the Health Center, building bonds and information technology. First-time students must pay an additional type of fee, but won’t have to for the other years they attend SOU.

Reach reporter Kevin Opsahl at 541-776-4476 or kopsahl@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevJourno.