In 2007 Western Oregon University created the Western Tuition Promise, making WOU the only west coast university to guarantee its undergraduates that they would be protected from the often unexpectedly high tuition increases that many other universities and colleges impose upon their students. The Tuition Promise has provided WOU the following significant benefits:
In 2012 WOU expanded the Tuition Promise and created the Tuition Choice. WOU is the only university to offer students and their families a tuition choice that best meets their needs.
Comparing Expected Tuition Rates
The Tuition Promise was hailed by Andrew Hacker and Claudia Dreifus in their critical examination of American higher education as an example of why WOU is one of the few colleges in universities, ….in America that were doing things right for students.
In the late spring students will have the opportunity to select which tuition option works best. This process will open for students once final tuition rates are submitted/established.Financial Aid
The Tuition Promise and the Tuition Choice complement financial aid. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for all financial aid and scholarship opportunities.
All incoming freshmen and transfer students are eligible for the Tuition Promise or the Choice. Tuition rates are based upon the student's residency (Oregon, Western Undergraduate Exchange or non-resident).
Tuition Promise Duration
New freshmen are eligible for four years of tuition guarantee under the Promise. Transfer students will receive a pro-rated period which equates to 15 transferred credits to one academic term of eligibility.
Online courses have a different tuition rate and are not included in the Tuition Promise.