Tuition and Fee Information

OSU doesn't require students to pre-pay tuition before each term, so every student at Oregon State University has a student account, and must e-sign the "Revolving Charge Account Agreement" found in Student Online Services which outlines rights and responsibilities of the billing account.

Financial Aid and Scholarship money is credited directly to the student account and is used to pay tuition and qualifying charges. Any excess financial aid is refunded to the student in the form of a check or direct deposit to the student's bank account. When you finish registering, your schedule is official. This obligates you to pay all tuition and fees for your classes.

Tuition/Fee Information

NEW! Corvallis Campus Tuition/Fees 2017-2018

NEW! Cascades Campus Tuition/Fees 2017-2018

Description of Student Fees

Ecampus Tuition/Fees

Additional Information

NEW! Corvallis Campus Tuition/Fees Summer 2018

NEW! Cascades Campus Tuition/Fees Summer 2018

Tuition Reduction Schedule (Academic Year)

GRA/GTA Tuition Remission

Staff Rates

Corvallis Campus Tuition/Fees Summer 2017





Proposed tuition and fee recommendations for 2016-17

OSU Budget Forums

Sponsored by ASOSU

  • Forum 1 - Tuesday, Feb. 9, noon-1 p.m., Native American Longhouse
  • Forum 2 - Wednesday, Feb. 10, 3-4 p.m., Learning Innovation Center 128
  • Forum 3 - Monday, Feb. 15, 6-7 p.m., Weniger 153

Comments, questions or concerns on the budget or tuition also can be shared with Professor John Killefer, chair of the University Budget Committee, or Sherman Bloomer, director of Budget and Fiscal Planning via this form.

The tuition and fee subcommittees have reviewed the tuition and mandatory fee rates for Oregon State University and recommend the following changes for fiscal year 2016-2017. Summer rates recommended are for summer term, 2017.

In making these recommendations the subcommittee has considered:

  • Access and affordability for students
  • Projected cost increases for FY17 and revenue projections
  • Fall 2015 enrollments and enrollment targets for Fall 2016
  • Comparisons of tuition rates with strategic plan peers
  • Requirements from the Legislature and Higher Education Coordinating Commission on setting tuition and mandatory fees


Frequently Asked Questions

Oregon State University Tuition and Fee Recommendations for 2016-17

Feb. 5, 2016


Why is there a recommendation to increase tuition in 2016-2017?

Each year, Oregon State University faces cost increases, which range from faculty salaries to health insurance and energy costs. Even with this tuition proposal, OSU will not recover all of its costs of operation. Cost controls and managing the number of students enrolled at OSU also will help balance the university’s budget for next year.

What is the process for establishing tuition rates?

The University Budget Committee, including student representatives, has worked for several months to develop recommendations for tuition rates for 2016-17.

The Budget Committee includes representatives from the Associated Students of Oregon State University (ASOSU) and the Associated Students of Cascades Campus (ASCC). Proposals are completed  early each winter term so student comment can be solicited before the March meeting of the University’s Board of Trustees.

Many factors, including comparative analysis of peer universities’ tuition rates are considered.  When analyzing tuition rates at peer institutions such as Washington State University, Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin, OSU compares favorably.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for reviewing and approving proposed changes in tuition rates.  This is done in late March so tuition rates for the next year can be communicated well in advance to students and families for their financial planning. Additionally, the OSU Office of Financial Aid uses this information to develop aid packages for students for the next academic year.

Why will tuition increase for resident Oregon students and not out-of-state students?

Oregon State has a goal of setting tuition rates for both resident and non-resident students below the median tuition rates of OSU’s peer universities.  This fall, while rates for resident students were below that median, rates for non-resident students were slightly above that median.  Meanwhile, non-resident students attending OSU pay triple the cost of tuition as do resident students, whose tuition is partially paid for by the state of Oregon. While that rate reflects the actual costs of education, it is also a barrier for students choosing to attend or remain at OSU. 

Maintaining enrollment of non-resident students, which includes international students, is important to providing for a mix of students that contributes to the student experience at OSU and the university’s budget.

Will student fees increase?

Student fees have not been set yet. The Student Incidental Fee Committee (SIFC), which is composed entirely of students, is evaluating incidental and health fees for next year.  The committee is expected to forward its recommendations to the ASOSU Congress in late February.  After approval by ASOSU, the recommendation will be sent to President Ray and then to the OSU Board of Trustees for final approval.

The goal is that the total increase of all tuition and fees combined will remain below 3 percent. 

How will the university help students who require financial support?

Each year, Oregon State provides over $80M in grants and scholarships (of which $35 million is direct institutional aid from OSU). Financial aid managed by OSU includes federal aid like Pell Grants, scholarships from the OSU Foundation, and financial aid funded directly by the university.  The university also manages over $173 million in loan funds for undergraduate and graduate students.

The university recognizes that even the smallest increase in tuition can create challenges for individual students to remain at OSU.

This year, a fund of $1.7 million in additional financial aid was created to help those students who were most at risk for financial reasons of not being able to continue their studies.

The university will continue this program and will increase the amount of financial aid dependent on what tuition rates are approved and the level of OSU enrollment in fall 2016.

The total scholarship support available from the OSU Foundation will likely increase this coming academic year as new scholarships are funded.

Why aren’t summer and Ecampus rates increasing?

Summer and Ecampus tuition rates will remain the same to encourage growth of these programs. In looking at rates for similar programs at peer universities, OSU currently compares favorably, and as a result, the budget committee did not see an immediate need to make adjustments. 

How can students give input on 2016-2017 tuition recommendations?

During February, ASOSU will hold three forums to seek student input on the university’s budget and proposed tuition rates. The forums will be held at:

  • Noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 9, in the Native American Longhouse.
  • 3-4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, in Room 128 at the Learning Innovation Center.
  • 6-7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 15, in Room 153 Weniger.

Comments, questions or concerns on the budget or tuition also can be shared with Professor John Killefer (, chair of the University Budget Committee, or Sherman Bloomer (, director of OSU Budget and Fiscal Planning.

After review of this input, a final proposal for 2016-17 rates will be sent to President Ray for his recommendation to the OSU Board of Trustees. The Board is expected to consider the tuition recommendation at its March 31 meeting.

Student Fee Information

Course Fees

There are some Oregon State University courses that require course fees. A listing of fees associated with specific courses can be found in the Schedule of Classes.

Building Fee

A fee assessed each term to all students attending Oregon University System colleges and universities. The funds are pooled on a statewide basis from which building projects are funded for non-instructional buildings. These projects include recreational and student union types of buildings.

Incidental Fee

A fee assessed each term to all OSU students. Rates vary by institution, and are established at OSU by the Student & Incidental Fees Committee. The committee responds to requests for allocation of funds each year during winter term. The incidental fee's from the previous academic year were used for thirteen programs, including the following:

  • Corvallis Transit
  • Memorial Union
  • Student Involvement
  • Recreational Sports
  • Educational Activities

Find out more about the student-led organizations that are supported by these fees at the Student & Incidental Fees Committee Website.

Counseling/Health Service Fees

The Health Fees are not health insurance.  These are fees which are assessed of all students each term. Rates are established on each campus and vary, depending upon such factors as enrollment, level of service offered to students, and operation costs of the facilities. The fee entitles the student to avail himself or herself of the health care and counseling services offered. It is required as a prerequisite to purchasing student health insurance. The fee is not health insurance.

Matriculation Fee

Undergraduates: New undergraduates are charged a one-time fee at the start of their first term at OSU. This fee provides access to a variety of OSU programs and services at no additional charge. Programs and services included in the fee include, but are not limited to, open house programs, START, CONNECT, Odyssey, pre-enrollment advising, course drop/add/withdrawal, and official transcripts.

Graduate Matriculation Fee: New graduate students are assessed a one-time fee their first term at OSU.


Tuition Reduction Schedule

Students who drop or withdraw from a class, or withdraw from the university may be eligible for a tuition refund. Refunds are based on assessed tuition, course fees, and mandatory fees, and are calculated from the date you officially drop, withdraw, or cancel your registration or reduce your class load, not the last date of class attendance. Please see "Registration Cancellation/Withdrawal from the University."

Refunds are processed as a credit on your account. A payment will be issued to you if any credit balance remains after other charges and financial aid repayments have been satisfied. No refunds are authorized for persons paying staff rates. Please see the refund policy for information on how refunds are processed.

The Tuition/Fee Reduction Schedule follows those policies as established by the Oregon University System for the regular academic year (there are no refunds given for persons paying staff rates):

Tuition Reduction Schedule

Drop/Withdraw Dates - Academic Year 2017-2018

Fall Tuition Credit Tuition Due
October 1st or Before 100% 0%
October 2nd - October 15th 50% 50%
After October 15th 0% 100%
Winter Tuition Credit Tuition Due
January 14th or Before 100% 0%
January 15th - January 28th 50% 50%
After January 28th 0% 100%
Spring Tuition Credit Tuition Due
April 8th or Before 100% 0%
April 9th - April 22nd 50% 50%
After April 22nd 0% 100%