Indigenous students attending Western Oregon University will be eligible for in-state tuition starting this fall, regardless of state or country of residence.
The university announced Wednesday that it will offer discounts to enrolled members of the 574 federally recognized tribes in the United States.
Oregon residents pay $8,730 in tuition for 2022-2023, while out-of-state residents pay $28,710, according to the university’s website.
“Western Oregon University maintains its commitment to the education of all students and maintains a welcoming campus that serves a diverse student body,” said President Jesse Peters in a statement. “Boarding schools, and colleges and universities, were built in Native American homelands. The education system itself was often implemented as a tool to destroy Indigenous languages, communities, and cultures. We want to provide more positive educational options for Indigenous citizens.”
The university is Oregon’s oldest public university, with headquarters in Monmouth and a satellite campus in downtown Salem.
Last fall, the university enrolled about 4,000 students, 80% of whom were residents of Oregon.
To qualify for in-state tuition, indigenous students submit a tribal identification card or a letter issued by the tribal registry office to the WOU admissions office, according to a university news release. can do.
The announcement follows similar announcements earlier this year from Oregon State University, Portland State University, and Southern Oregon University, the Oregon Capital Chronicle reported.
The change is in addition to a recent state grant program for students from Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes that aims to provide free admission to state colleges or community colleges. .
Please contact reporter Rachel Alexander: [email protected] or 503-575-1241.
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