Public University Funding
The HECC is responsible for coordinating funding for Oregon’s 7 public universities,
supporting the institutions in preparing Oregon students with the degrees and
training they need to succeed in a 21st century economy, and meeting
local, regional and state innovation and research needs.
The primary sources of funding for public universities are state
funding, tuition revenue, and federal and other revenue, with state funding
currently accounting for a minority of total revenues.
HECC is specifically responsible for development of biennial funding recommendations
to the Oregon Governor for state funding including the Public University
Support Fund, Public University State Programs, Statewide Public Service
Programs, and capital investments. The HECC is also responsible for fiscal
reporting and analysis, and the allocation of state funding to the seven public
universities. The Office of University Coordination, University Budget and Finance unit, carries out this work.
University Support Fund: The primary fund for state support of
operational expenses at Oregon’s public universities is the Public University Support
The allocation of state funding to the seven Oregon public
universities is determined using the Student Success and Completion Model
(SSCM), a model developed and approved by the HECC through a collaborative
process with the universities and stakeholders. This funding model focuses on
completions and student support, as well as other state priorities.
The HECC coordinates the university capital request process for
developing state budget recommendations for capital investments and
state-funded debt for Oregon’s public universities.
2016-17 Public University Budget Summary: The document below summarizes State appropriations and allocations made to Oregon’s seven public universities, reflecting information as of February 2017.
2015-16 Public University Budget Summary: The document below summarizes State appropriations and allocations made
to Oregon’s seven public universities, reflecting information as of February
NOTE: The document does not include appropriations or allocations made during
the 2016 Legislative session. These are included in the 2016-17 Public University Budget Report Summary above.
Universities are generally responsible for setting annual tuition and
fees. However, should the combined annual increase in resident undergraduate
tuition and mandatory enrollment fees exceed 5% for a public university, the
HECC, or the Oregon Legislature, must approve the increase.