- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The University of Oregon board of trustees has voted to increase tuition - by 3.8 percent for Oregon residents and 3.7 percent for out-of-staters.

The Eugene Register-Guard (https://bit.ly/1H6ZwMS) reports about 120 protesters came to the board meeting Thursday with signs saying, “We are ducks not bucks.” Some said international students are being treated as ATMs.

The board voted 7-6 against trimming the increases and then voted 11-2 to adopt them.

The protesters rallied to the front of the room, circled the board’s table and shut down the meeting for half an hour.

With the increase, in-state tuition goes to about $8,500 a year, $30,240 for out-of-state students.

Out-of-state tuition generates $227 million a year, while in-state tuition is $74 million.

Tuition is about 80 percent of the school’s operating budget.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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