By Neely Bardwell
Native students from anywhere in the United States can now attend Portland State University (PSU) at the same price as in-state students.
Previously, native students from out of state were not eligible for in-state tuition. Now, out-of-state natives who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe can have their tuition reduced. All the student needs to prove this status is their registration card or a letter from their tribe’s registration office.
Out-of-state tuition for PSU is approximately $29,000 in 2019-20. The discount for these newly qualified students is approximately $420 per credit hour, or $19,000 per academic year for 15 credit hours per semester. Although this discount is not entirely free, it is still an important step in the right direction to increase equity in higher education institutions for Indigenous students.
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“Portland State is offering this benefit to tribal members as part of our ongoing efforts to provide a welcoming environment for Indigenous students in downtown Portland,” said Chuck Knepfle, Vice President of Enrollment Management for PSU. , in an announcement about the new program. “This in-state tuition offer is a small way to honor the heritage of Indigenous nations across the country.”
For Natives who are members of one of the federally recognized tribes in Oregon, PSU is offering a new grant to cover all college-related costs for the 2022-23 academic year. There are also other scholarship and support programs for native PSU students that are offered by the Native American Student and Community Center.
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