Financial Information

Tuition Deadline Extended to Monday, August 10, and Other Financial Information

As announced on July 30 in a message from President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., the University of Portland will conduct virtually all classes remotely during the fall 2020 semester. On-campus residence halls will generally remain closed.

In light of this change in plans, the fall semester tuition deadline has been extended to Monday, August 10. Application of late fees will be deferred to August 24.

We know that many students and families have questions about the various fees associated with attendance at UP. The University is eliminating the Health and Counseling Fee. Course fees (e.g., laboratory fees, clinical fees, etc.) will be determined on a course-by-course basis. Academic departments are determining fees for each of their courses and providing the necessary information to our Office of Student Accounts. Any revision in course fees will be reflected in students’ individual accounts. The Student Activities Fee is formulated and charged by the Associated Students of the University of Portland (ASUP), UP’s student government. They will announce any updates on the Student Activities Fee in the near future.

The University will continue to provide health insurance to students, but in light of UP’s pivot to remote learning, many will not need this coverage. If you do not wish to utilize our health insurance please request a waiver at this link: https://waive.pacificsource.com/UNIV. All requests for waivers will be automatically approved. If you have previously requested a waiver for the fall semester, we will retroactively approve your prior request. If you have further questions about health insurance, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at stu-acct@up.edu and/or 503.943.7347.

We are working to remove all room and board charges from students’ bills.  For those requesting an exception to remain on campus, this amount will be added back later.

Some students and families have inquired about the continued availability of work-study programs.  We are still researching our options in this area and will have more information soon.

We know that many students and their families question why the University cannot lower its tuition rates. The University has been widely recognized for its high value in providing excellent instruction at a price lower than most of our peer institutions, while simultaneously providing generous levels of institutional financial aid to students. As noted in Father Poorman’s message, tuition covers only 67% of the costs of a UP education and many of these fixed costs are unaffected by a move to a remote learning model. The University has already engaged in significant cost-reduction efforts to bring our operational costs down to offset increased student scholarships and financial aid; and significant additional cost-cutting will be required due to the closure of our residence halls. Even with these measures, the University will be operating at a substantial financial loss in the coming year. This is not a question of preserving a positive bottom line, but rather of moderating losses and helping to ensure that UP can continue to fulfill its mission. For these reasons, the 2020–21 tuition rates must remain the same.

We are steadfast in our commitment to provide a high-quality educational experience, however delivered, and to enable the vast majority of our students to complete their university education on-schedule. Together, we will weather these difficult times.