College Enrollment and Tuition

Kassidy Young

The Charter News


 Oregon colleges are now raising their college tuition for many students effective next semester.  Though it doesn’t affect every single college student, but it is affecting thousands of Oregon students.


In just 2014 alone, 82 percent of high school seniors graduated in the United States yearly. Which is a 1 percent raise from the year before, according to Alia Wong who is an associate editor at The Atlantic. But how many of those 82 percent of students went to college? Will the college rates go down if prices go up?

With graduation approaching for the class of 2017, there has been an estimated 3.2 million students set to graduate in the United States. WIth only 68 percent of those students will go to college in the following term.

The question remains, will attendence go down from the previous years?

In the Fall of 2014, college attendance was peaking with over 21 million students pursuing their goals here in the United States. However, every single fall term since then the attendance has fallen. It is believed to be due to the fact that the economy has improved greatly since the 2007-2008 economic crisis. It is easier to get a well paying job without a college degree today than it has been in the past.

For those who do still want to enroll in college, the biggest concern for the students today is the Oregon College tuition raise and student debt. Oregon families alone have taken out $12 billion in federal student loans since the 2003-04 academic year. (Graves)

Though that is not stopping Oregon colleges from raising their tuition rates even higher. In Eugene, Oregon, at University of Oregon , they attempted to increase tuition is 10.6 percent for all in-state students.  It has been reported that the raise in college tuition fees means that the price for attending college would go from $11,931 to $34,611 yearly. Although in Eugene the state board rejected the the tuition raise that UOF was proposing.

Although the University of Oregon students got a sigh of relief following the news that their tuition would not be raised. Many other students attending college did not. For example


Oregon Institute of Technology (7.4 percent)

Southern Oregon University (11.4 percent)

Western Oregon University (7.5 percent)


“The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think” – Albert Einstein





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