- Associated Press - Friday, April 1, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland State University has approved a tuition increase despite opposition from students and supporters who shut down the governing board meeting before trustees could vote on the tuition hike.

The Oregonian reports (https://goo.gl/Xuv4gP ) the board moved across campus to vote after the meeting Thursday. They approved a 4 percent tuition increase for in-state undergraduates and a 3.5 percent increase for out-of-state students.

Oregon residents will now pay $303 more per year for tuition, while non-residents will see a yearly increase of $843.

The tuition hike comes as PSU faces a $5.6 million shortfall next year amid looming pension-fund obligations.

Thursday’s meeting was shut down after students testified about economic and everyday struggles. Many students and supporters wore black tape over their mouths symbolizing what one activist said was “the way we’ve been silenced.”



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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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