Oregon universities pledge tuition limits if lawmakers hike funding

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The presidents of Oregon universities are pledging to limit tuition hikes if the Legislature agrees to boost higher education funding over the next two years.

The universities are asking for a two-year budget of $755 million, which they say would restore their funding to roughly the level it was at in 2007. Their funding request is $85 million more than legislative budget writers initially proposed.

The latest revenue projection, released last month, was up $460 million from the estimate in the prior quarter.

If the universities get their way, five of them promise to limit tuition hikes in the 2016-2017 school year to 2 percent. Eastern Oregon and Southern Oregon universities would be slightly higher.

The universities also promise to help students graduate on time by hiring more advisers and providing need-based scholarships.

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