The Oregon Guarantee

The Oregon Guarantee provides each UO student a fixed tuition rate for up to five years.

A college education is a big investment in your future. We want all University of Oregon students to be able to plan financially for that investment. That’s why we’re providing the Oregon Guarantee. So, this is our pledge to you: when you choose the UO, the tuition rate you pay will stay the same for up to five years — no increases, no surprises.

How It Works

The Oregon Guarantee is mandatory and applies to all freshmen and transfers who first enroll on or after summer term 2020. The guarantee covers many of the costs of attendance at the UO, but not all:

What’s covered

  • Tuition (resident or nonresident)
  • Most mandatory fees, like building and technology fees
  • Honors college differential tuition
  • College of Business undergraduate differential tuition
  • International fee

For all of these costs, the amount you pay when you first enroll will remain the same for five years.

What isn’t covered

  • Incidental fee (which funds the student government)
  • Lab fees or other fees charged by an individual course
  • Health insurance
  • Room and board

Remember, these costs aren’t covered by the guarantee, but they’re still covered by financial aid and scholarships.

A Five-Year Guarantee

The Oregon Guarantee lasts for five cohort years. But what's a cohort? A cohort is a group of students who first enroll at the UO during the same academic year. Find the term you're enrolling in to determine when the guarantee ends.

2021 Cohort

Starting Terms

  • Summer 2020
  • Fall 2020
  • Winter 2021
  • Spring 2021

For these starting terms, the guarantee will last until the end of spring 2025.

2022 Cohort

Starting Terms

  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Winter 2022
  • Spring 2022

For these starting terms, the guarantee will last until the end of spring 2026.

2023 Cohort

Starting Terms

  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Winter 2023
  • Spring 2023

For these starting terms, the guarantee will last until the end of spring 2027.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the guarantee affect my residency?

The UO will continue to set different rates for residents and nonresidents. Visit the cost of attendance page to determine these rates.

What if I defer my enrollment after I've been admitted?

Students will be placed in a cohort based on the first term they enroll and matriculate, regardless of their deferral status. For example, if you were admitted for fall 2020, but you defer to fall 2021, you will be placed in the 2022 cohort. (Use the boxes in the previous section to determine which term corresponds to which cohort.)

What happens if I take longer than five years to graduate?

For each additional year beyond five years, all of the covered costs will move to the levels of the next tuition cohort. For example, if a student in the 2021 cohort continues as an undergraduate in fall 2025, they will be assessed the tuition and fees for the 2022 cohort. If they remain enrolled in fall 2026 they will be assessed the same tuition and fees as the 2023 tuition cohort, and so on.

What if I leave UO during the guarantee period and return later?

Students who withdraw for any reason (other than for US military service) and re-enroll will remain in the same cohort—however, their guarantee expiration date will not be extended.

Does the guarantee apply to non-degree seeking students?

No. Non-degree students are always charged tuition and administrative mandatory fees at the most recent tuition cohort rate. 

What about study abroad?

There are three types of study abroad programs at the UO, and the guarantee applies to each of them differently. However, in all cases, the guarantee period is not put on hold and the time in these programs count toward the five-year cohort period.

  • UO student exchange programs: Students pay tuition to the UO at the Oregon Guarantee rate.
  • UO study abroad programs: Students pay UO’s Study Abroad tuition per credit hour rate.
  • Non-UO study abroad programs: Students pay tuition directly to the program administrator (not to the UO) and will be charged accordingly.

What about current students?

All existing undergraduate students have locked tuition increases of 3 percent per year for up to four years. These increases are much lower than previous annual increases over the last decade. The 10-year average annual tuition increase has been 5.4% for resident students and 4.3% for non-resident students.

If existing students take longer than an additional four years to graduate, they would then be fully folded in to the new guaranteed tuition program and its rates.

How does my GI Bill affect the Oregon Guarantee?

The GI Bill can work differently for each student. To understand how it affects you, please contact the UO Veterans Affairs Office in the Office of the Registrar at 541-346-3119 or veterans@uoregon.edu.