Board OKs tuition freeze for Oregon undergrads

College tuition costs (File, MGN Online)
College tuition costs (File, MGN Online)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — After years of sharp tuition increases, Oregon undergraduates have finally gotten a break.

The state Board of Higher Education on Friday officially approved a tuition freeze for the upcoming academic year.

The freeze for in-state undergraduates resulted from the last fall’s “grand bargain” between Gov. John Kitzhaber and the Legislature. Kitzhaber got more money for education while lawmakers won pension cuts for government employees and a bill that restricted most Oregon counties from regulating genetically engineered crops.

It’s the first time tuition has remained in check since 2001. Back then, it cost less than $4,000 in tuition and fees to attend one of Oregon’s seven public universities. The average has since jumped to more than $8,000.

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