Public University Coordination

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.

State Funding

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.

Public University Support Fund: The primary fund for state support of operational expenses at Oregon’s public universities is the Public University Support Fund (PUSF). 

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.

Capital Funding: 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 2016.

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.

Tuition

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.

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