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.

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.
     

  • Assistance is available for students dealing with serious financial disruptions. The university has received Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) that can be used for any component of the student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus pandemic. Information on these funds is available on the financial aid website.
     

  • 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 or winter terms 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 to eligible students to assist with financial hardship due to COVID-19. Information on these funds is available on the financial aid website.

Will you discount tuition for remote instruction?

In order to provide quality education now and in the future, we cannot discount tuition, even if providing courses remotely. Our faculty, as well as our academic and student staff, continue to serve students, and deploy new technology 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 for the Student Recreation Center and other campus facilities and services are included because a variety of recreational opportunities are currently available to all students, and the university is unable to adjust the fees on a case-by-case basis. While indoor recreation is currently prohibited in the Student Recreation Center in alignment with the state of Oregon public health guidance, outdoor recreation spaces remain available for student use. 

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 was charged and refunded for fall 2020, winter 2021, spring, and summer 2021 term courses. The fee may have appeared as a charge on your bill, but it has been 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 were redesigned for online delivery to comply with physical distancing guidelines. These courses underwent a rigorous design process to ensure rich interaction and a robust student-learning experience.

As we purposefully moved these targeted high-enrollment courses online, we refunded the online fee for the fall 2020, winter 2021, and spring 2021 terms. This helped ease the transition and minimize the impact for students who needed to take a high-enrollment course being offered exclusively online without a remote or face-to-face alternative.

My financial circumstances have changed for the 2021-2022 academic year. What should I do?

If you’ve not yet filed the 2021-2022 FAFSA, you should do so now. Remember, the application period is now open and the priority deadline to be considered for all available aid for the 2021-22 academic year is March 1, 2021.

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 2021-2022 due to unique circumstances such as the loss of a job, a large reduction in income, or extraordinary medical expenses. If you are just filing the FAFSA, once you’ve received notification that it has been processed, contact the financial aid office to review the changes in your finances.

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 federal emergency grants.

  • Emergency HEERF Grants: The university received funds under the CARES, CRRSAA and ARP programs. While the CARES funds have been awarded, we continue to award funds from the CRRSAA and ARP programs. The university is required to prioritize CRRSAA and ARP funds to domestic students with exceptional financial need.Students are not required to complete an application for these funds. The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will award the funds based on information provided on the student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • COVID-19 Quarantine Fund: Students who need assistance with the expenses incurred as a result of having to quarantine should complete the COVID-19 Quarantine Fund Application that will be available at the start of the fall term.

  • 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 receive funding. To apply please complete this online intake 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.

  • HEERF GrantsEligible graduate students with financial hardship caused by COVID-19 disruptions may be eligible for a federal HEERF emergency grant.

  • 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 receive funding. To apply please complete this online intake 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: Financial Resources for International Students: the Division of Global Engagement (DGE) offers a variety of financial resources specifically for international students. You may also be eligible for HEERF Grants. Contact DGE for additional information.

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.