SOU Heads Explain Big Tuition Hike

May 18, 2017

Southern Oregon University is not a very big campus, but its price tag figures to get bigger in the next academic year. 

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A budget shortfall for Oregon state government will likely impact the seven state universities, which largely have to fund themselves through tuition. 

So SOU President Linda Schott proposed, and the board of trustees approved, a tuition hike of 12%. 

The state's revenue picture got clearer with the release of new income figures this week; there is more money, but taxpayers are likely to get "kicker" refunds. 

We visit with Schott and SOU board chair Bill Thorndike on whether tuition will go up the full 12%, and how they expect students to handle the increase.