Tuition, Financial Aid, and Fees

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Tuition, Financial Aid, and Fees

Our faculty, as well as our academic and student staff, continue to serve students through this challenging time. Tuition and state support are the two primary sources of revenue that pay for the university’s operating costs, to continue to deliver a world-class education and exceptional experience to students. Students who are experiencing financial crises due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for financial assistance through the CARES Act or Students in Crisis Fund.

What You Need to Know

  • In order to provide quality education now and in the future, we cannot discount tuition. Our faculty, as well as our academic and student staff, continue to serve students, and deploying new technology—even on a temporary basis—is incurring additional costs for the university.
     

  • University of Oregon tuition and fees are based on residency, student classification (undergraduate, graduate, etc.), the number of credits enrolled, and the first term enrolled. Course-specific fees may also apply. For additional required fees, refer to the class schedule.
     

  • The $25 per credit online fee will be charged and refunded for fall 2020 term courses only. You will still see the fee as a charge on your bill, but it will be automatically credited back to your account, so you aren’t actually paying the online fee.
     

  • Assistance is available for students dealing with serious financial disruptions. Students who are eligible to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-21 academic year are urged to apply online to request CARES Act funds.
     

  • All students may also apply for the donor-supported Students in Crisis Fund by calling 541-346-3216 or visiting dos.uoregon.edu. To give to the fund, visit giving.uoregon.edu
     

  • University Health Services and Student Recreation Center fees will not be refunded for fall term because these services will be available to students.

COVID-19 Financial Assistance

Tuition, Financial Aid, and Fees FAQs

How will the UO help students with finances?

If you are a student in crisis, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students for help navigating your options. Email uodos@uoregon.edu or call 541-346-3216 during business hours.

Additional financial assistance will be available if you have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19. Students who are eligible to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are urged to apply online to request CARES Act funds.

Will you discount tuition for remote instruction?

In order to provide quality education now and in the future, we cannot discount tuition. Our faculty, as well as our academic and student staff, continue to serve students, and deploying new technology—even on a temporary basis—is incurring additional costs for the university.

Why do we have in-state and out-of-state tuition rates?

Tuition rates are not based on where students live while they take classes.

As a public university, the UO receives state appropriation from the state to support its public mission of funding education for Oregonians. Almost all of the funds received are based on the enrollment and completion outcomes of in-state students. The institution does not receive any funding for out-of-state undergraduate students.

Learn more about the tuition-setting process.

Why do I have to pay fees for the University Health Center, Student Union, and Student Rec Center if I’m not living in Eugene?

The fees are included because these services are available to all students during the fall term with remote and in-person options. We are unable to adjust the fees on a case-by-case basis based on where the students are living.

University Health Services will also continue to have remote services available for students who are not in Eugene.

Do I still have to pay the $25 per credit fee for online courses?

The $25 per credit online fee will be charged and refunded for fall 2020 term courses only. You will still see the fee as a charge on your bill, but it will be automatically credited back to your account, so you aren’t actually paying the online fee.

The University of Oregon generally attaches a $25-per-credit fee to all online courses to pay for instructional design, supporting technology, and the infrastructure of the system.

Several of the UO’s high-enrollment undergraduate courses are currently being redesigned for online delivery to comply with physical distancing guidelines. These courses are undergoing a rigorous design process to ensure rich interaction and a robust student-learning experience.

As we purposefully move these targeted high-enrollment courses online, we will refund the online fee for the fall 2020 term only. This will help ease the transition and minimize the impact for students who need to take a high-enrollment course being offered exclusively online without a remote or face-to-face alternative.

For spring and summer 2020, the online fee applied only to true UO online courses that have a unique set of resources. Those fees were not refunded.

My financial circumstances have changed for the 2020-2021 academic year. What should I do?

It’s not too late to file the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) for academic year 2020-2021. Although the priority deadline for 2020-2021 was March 1, you can still be considered for some federal grant funds as well as student and parent loans.

If you did file a FAFSA, the financial aid office may be able to help if your family’s financial circumstances have changed dramatically for 2020-2021 due to unique circumstances such as the loss of a job, a large reduction in income, or extraordinary medical expenses.

Remember, the application for aid for 2021-2022 opens on October 1, 2020, and the priority deadline to be considered for all available aid is March 30, 2021.

Does the UO offer any resources for undergraduate students experiencing financial hardship?

Yes. Students may be eligible for the UO’s Students in Crisis Fund and Emergency CARES grants.

  • Emergency CARES Grants: In addition, the UO has received $8 million in Emergency CARES grants that are available to students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. Examples of eligible expenses for CARES funding include medical, food, housing, utility and technology expenses; relocation costs to return home; unexpected childcare; course materials; and other unexpected expenses. Students who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for the emergency grants.

  • Students in Crisis Fund: The Students in Crisis Fund is offered through the Office of the Dean of Students for students who are dealing with serious financial disruptions related to the national response to COVID-19. If you are in a financial crisis that is or has the potential to negatively impact your academics, you may be eligible to apply. To inquire about the Students in Crisis Fund, please call 541-346-3216 or fill out a community care and support form.

  • UO Emergency Loan: Up to $300 may be borrowed interest-free for up to 90 days with a service charge of $8 per loan. One loan may be borrowed per term. To qualify for an emergency loan, a borrower must be admitted to the university and enrolled for the current term, with no outstanding emergency student loans.

  • Financial Resources for International Students: The Division of Global Engagement offers a variety of financial resources specifically for international students.

Because of the rapidly evolving nature of this situation, policies may change without advance notice. Please be sure to confirm your eligibility with the appropriate office.

Does the UO offer any resources for graduate students experiencing financial hardship?

One or more of the resources below may be of use, depending on your specific situation:

  • Graduate Student Assistance Fund: Graduate students experiencing financial hardship related to a new child, medical expenses, or childcare expenses may qualify for financial help through the Graduate Student Assistance Fund.

  • CARES Act Grants: Eligible graduate students with financial hardship caused by COVID-19 disruptions can apply for an emergency grant through the CARES Act enacted by Congress.

  • Students in Crisis Fund: The Students in Crisis Fund is offered through the Office of the Dean of Students for students who are dealing with serious financial disruptions related to the national response to COVID-19. If you are in a financial crisis that is or has the potential to negatively impact your academics, you may be eligible to apply. To inquire about the Students in Crisis Fund, please call 541-346-3216 or fill out a community care and support form.

  • Jesse M. Bell Graduate Loan: This short-term loan for up to $500 is available to graduate students with high academic standing and can be used in pursuit of graduate studies.

  • UO Emergency Loan: Up to $300 may be borrowed interest-free for up to 90 days with a service charge of $8 per loan. One loan may be borrowed per term. To qualify for an emergency loan, a borrower must be admitted to the university and enrolled for the current term, with no outstanding emergency student loans.

  • Financial Resources for International Students: The Division of Global Engagement offers a variety of financial resources specifically for international students.

Because of the rapidly evolving nature of this situation, policies may change without advance notice. Please be sure to confirm your eligibility with the offices listed above.

I’m worried about fulfilling the requirements to keep my scholarship. Who should I contact?

Scholarship requirements can vary depending on the scholarship that you are receiving and who awarded the scholarship. Please direct your inquiry to the office that awarded the scholarship.

If your scholarship was awarded by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, please email the Office of Student Financial Aid or call 541-346-3221.

If your scholarship was awarded by an academic department or a different office on campus, contact that office directly.