On April 2, 2013, Governor John Kitzhaber signed HB 2787 (otherwise known as Tuition Equity) into law, directing the Oregon State Board of Higher Education to allow students who are not U.S citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States to pay resident tuition and fees for enrollment in an Oregon public university under certain conditions.
In order to qualify for the benefits provided by Oregon HB 2787 and SB 932 students must:
- Have studied in the United States for five years;
- Attended an Oregon high school for at least three years immediately preceding graduation or equivalent;
- Graduated from an Oregon high school (or received equivalent certification);
- Apply for federal individual taxpayer identification number or other official federal identification document;
- Show intention to become a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
How to Apply
To be considered for exemption from nonresident tuition under HB 2787, students should:
- Apply for admission and follow the standard EOU admission process for either freshman or transfer. www.eou.edu/admissions/freshman/ or www.eou.edu/admission/transfer/
- On the Biographical Information page of the admission application, select Non-Resident Alien for Citizenship Status.
- Complete the Affidavit and Request for Exemption from Nonresident Tuition and Fees (HB2787)
- Submit the Affidavit to:
Eastern Oregon University
Office of Admissions
One University Blvd
La Grande, OR 97850
Benefits of HB 2787
Undergraduate applicants who are admissible under current Eastern Oregon University admission requirements, and meet the requirements of the HB 2787, may be assessed in-state tuition rates at Eastern Oregon University beginning fall term 2013. *Recipients are eligible for this benefit for a maximum of five continuous years.
Benefits of SB 932
*Based on SB 932, beginning fall term 2016 the five year time limit, the benefit for a maximum of five continuous years has been removed.
Please note: the assessment of in-state tuition rates under HB 2787 does not change a student’s residency status.
Undocumented students are not eligible for federal financial aid. Private and local scholarship resources may be available. Some state aid opportunities may be available.
If you are interested in pursuing this benefit, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800.452.8639 or 541.962.3393. You may also email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. For Spanish speaking, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800.452.8639, 541.962.3496 or email Gina Galaviz.