Oregonians should be concerned about tuition bill (HB 2787 & SB 10)

East Oregonian
Letter to the editor: Oregonians should be concerned about tuition bill

Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 8:37 pm

David Olen Cross Salem |

Oregonians looking at the future cost of attending, furthermore, funding Oregon’s public four-year colleges and universities should be concerned about State Representative Bob Jenson’s support of legislation (House Bill 2787) that would grant in-state tuition for international students illegally in the country.

Crunching some numbers from Oregon State University (OSU), for years 2012-2013, the estimated undergraduate tuition and fees (15 credits per term) for an Oregon resident is $8,139 per year, while an international student is $22,323 per year.

Under HB 2787, OSU would be required to cut individual tuition and fees costs for illegal international students attending the university by $14,184 per year.

The result of the legislation becoming law, OSU would lose over a four-year period for every illegal international student attending the university $56,736.

Rep. Jenson’s support of instate tuition for illegal international students reveals a state legislator lacking a sense of fiduciary responsibility to his voting constituents, moreover, the state’s higher education system.

Oregonians’ should contact Rep. Jenson (Rep.BobJenson@state.or.us) and ask him the following question: Representative, who is going to make up the tuition shortfall at Oregon’s public four-year colleges and universities if instate tuition for international students illegally in the country becomes law?

http://www.eastoregonian.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-to-the-editor-oregonians-should-be-concerned-about-tuition/article_0b434e90-7597-11e2-b023-0019bb2963f4.html

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