Parents: Frequently Asked Questions

Costs & Financial Aid

What are the costs of attending the UO for one year?
Why does the UO include personal expenses when citing costs?
When do we pay the bill?
Is financial aid available?
Do you offer any freshman scholarships not based on family income?
What forms should we file to be considered for all government and UO financial aid?
Are there part-time job opportunities at the UO?
Are there off-campus jobs available to students? How do students get those jobs?

What are the costs of attending the UO for one year?

The most up-to-date cost information is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

With all it has to offer, a University of Oregon education is a great value. Your investment in higher education at the UO will pay vast dividends for your future. By earning a college degree, your lifetime income will increase significantly, and you will likely be more involved in your community, and be happier in your personal and professional life.

  • The figures provided are estimates and are for planning purposes only. While we make every effort to provide the most accurate information available about tuition and fees, until approved by the State Board of Higher Education, all tuition and fee estimates are subject to change
  • Discretionary costs (those over which you have some control) include room and board, books and supplies, personal and transportation expenses, and course-related fees for select programs. These costs can vary, depending on individual circumstances and spending habits
  • Information about reduced tuition rates and courses is available from the Office of the Registrar
  • For detailed housing and dining expenses, visit University Housing
  • For international student costs and expenses, visit International Student and Scholar Services

Why does the UO include personal expenses when citing costs?

College expenses consist of two parts. First are fixed expenses such as tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board, which are clearly outlined in all of our cost information.

Second, there are also personal expenses such as laundry, snacks, entertainment, telephone, and transportation. Many of these would also arise at home, but we feel that it's important to include these estimates to give a more accurate picture of what attending college might cost.

When do we pay the bill?

Educational charges are billed to your university student account at the beginning of each term. You will find a link on DuckWeb, where you can safely log in to the e-billing website by using your UO ID number and personal access code (PAC). Once logged in, you can view tuition bills, make payments, and set up authorized payers, who can then make payments on your behalf.

Is financial aid available?

Absolutely! Many students receive financial assistance—in scholarships, grants, loans, and income from student employment. Aid comes in two basic categories: the kind you have to pay back and the kind you don't. You don't have to pay back scholarships and grants. Loans, of course, you do have to pay back, but they're not all alike. The best are federal loans, as many offer delayed payback or delayed interest payments. But the bottom line is that aid is available. For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Do you offer any freshman scholarships not based on family income?

Yes. Freshmen are automatically considered for various merit-based scholarships, based on information from their application. For Oregon residents, scholarship opportunities include the Presidential, PathwayOregon, Summit or Apex, Diversity Excellence, National Merit, and general university scholarships. For nonresidents, we offer the Diversity Excellence Scholarship, National Merit, Summit or Apex, and general university scholarships. Some scholarships are renewable, while others apply only to a single year. Award amounts vary.

Some incoming freshmen may qualify to apply for the Presidential Scholarship or Diversity Excellence Scholarship. These program requires a separate application. More information about these programs is available on the website of the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

What forms do we need to file to be considered for all federal and UO financial aid?

You need to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during your student's senior year of high school, before the scholarship priority date of February 1 (You may use estimated tax figures to meet this deadline.). If you have filed all of your forms on time, you should receive an answer to your aid application before April 1. Note that only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for federal and state financial aid.

Are there part-time job opportunities at UO?

Yes. Many undergraduates have part-time jobs, both on campus and off. The Career Center assists students in locating jobs throughout the year.

Throughout the academic year, the Career Center sponsors student job fairs that offer work-study and non-work-study positions. Many of these positions will require that you have received a Work-Study award as part of your financial aid package but others are open to all students.

Are there off-campus jobs available to students? How do students get these jobs?

Students looking for employment can use an online program called UO-JobLink to look for positions both on- and off-campus. Besides using this, Eugene has three shopping malls, many restaurants, and lots of businesses that hire part-time employees.