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Tuition on rise at WOU

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University tuition rates will increase by 5.1 percent this fall.

MONMOUTH -- Western Oregon University tuition rates will increase by 5.1 percent this fall.

That's still lower than the 7.5 percent average hike for Oregon's six other public universities for 2011-12. The State Board of Higher Education approved a suite of tuition and fee increases, recommended by the schools, last week.

Based on 15 credit hours, tuition and fees for an incoming WOU freshman would total $8,076 next year.

That amount would remain flat for the following three years, however, under the university's "Tuition Promise" guarantee.

Graduate resident tuition will increase by 4.4 percent.

Rates are determined by considering each school's operating costs, tuition hikes from the previous year and the amount of money given to higher education institutions by the state.

Portland State University and the University of Oregon both raised the cost of their tuition by 9 percent. It will cost resident undergraduates at Oregon State University 8.1 percent more to attend school there next year.

The state approved other Western fee and cost proposals last week.

Western has eliminated a provision that allowed students to pay tuition on a standard rate schedule instead of using the tuition guarantee.

All new and transfer students must pay an additional $32 for matriculation because of increased demand on summer orientation programs and New Student Week. WOU will also raise the fee students pay to support the new Health and Wellness Center by $7.

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